Mental Health Counselors


Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
Also called: Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Therapist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
    Health
  • therapy and counseling
    Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation

Technology:

    Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator
    Medical software
  • Client information database systems
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
    Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Oracle PeopleSoft

Education:

    master's degree
    bachelor's degree
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