Mental Health Counselors
On the Job
Mental Health Counselors help people to have improved mental and emotional health. They may focus on addiction, parenting, marital problems, self-esteem, managing stress, and other issues.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Provide basic health care services.
- Refer clients to community or social service programs.
- Complete documentation required by programs or regulations.
- Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities.
- Maintain client records.
- Write reports or evaluations.
- Maintain professional social services knowledge.
- Collect information about clients.
- Collect information about community health needs.
- Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
Typical Working Conditions
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Frequent contact with others.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Working with a group or team.
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