Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors :

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $37,800.00
Average Time to Fill 39 days
Typical Education Master's Degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 1,608
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 22.32 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Oral Communication
Critical Thinking
Decision-making
Problem-solving
Information Gathering
Integrity
Attention to Detail
Organization
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Professionalism
Leadership
Conflict Management
Written Communication
Intellectual Risk-taking
Multi-tasking
Creativity
Following Directions
Teamwork

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Develop treatment plans
Develop patient therapy programs
Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs
Treat psychological disorders and issues
Conduct individual, group, or family interventions
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Conduct behavior modification
Administer drug screening tests

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Counsel family members of clients or patients
Counsel clients or patients regarding substance abuse issues
Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues or problems
Advise clients or community groups on health issues
Refer patients or clients to community services or resources
Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients
Counsel individuals concerning diet
Advise others on psychological, social services, or mental health issues

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate mental health conditions or disorders
Evaluate patient functioning and capabilities
Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Evaluate patient or client response to therapy or treatment
Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
Identify physical or emotional abuse
Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs
Determine social service program status

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
Respond to parent or student concerns
Respond to employee concerns
Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments
Confer with professionals concerning treatment
Report physical or emotional abuse
Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor client progress
Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress
Control authorized entry and exit in restricted areas
Monitor performance of others
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Maintain confidentiality of data

Training and Teaching Others

Teach behavior modification techniques
Train staff members in social services skills
Provide nutritional instruction to individuals or families
Plan social behavior learning activities


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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Addiction Treatment
Group Therapy
Family Therapy
Supervisory Skills
Staff Management
Social Work License


Related Licensing Requirements


Mental Health Counselor (18-0000000008)

Candidates for licensure as a mental health counselor must: Submit a completed application, along with all required documentation and the application fee. Possess a master's or doctoral degree from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in an area related to mental health counseling, with coursework concentrated in specific areas. Have completed either a supervised clinical practicum/internship or 1,000 hours of field experience in a counseling setting. Have 3,000 hours of post-degree supervised clinical experience. Have 100 hours of face-to-face supervision that was provided by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor or a licensed or certified master's- or doctoral-level psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing. Successfully complete the examination administered by the Board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Social Worker (18-0000000004)

Applicants must meet the following requirements for each certificate: Complete an application and pay all application and exam fees. Have completed at least a Baccalaureate degree in Social Work (BSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Degrees in related fields will not be accepted. Have two (2) years of paid full-time or 3,000 documented hours of paid part-time supervised post-baccalaureate experience in the practice of social work--candidates with a master's degree in Social Work (MSW) are exempt from this requirement. If beginning the the supervised experience requirement before November 1, 2003, must have at least four (4) hours per each month of post-baccalaureate experience of face-to-face supervision provided by a licensed social worker (LSW), a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a licensed psychologist, or a licensed physician with training in psychiatric medicine. If beginning the experience after November 1, 2003, then the experience must be gained under the supervision of a licensed social worker(LSW) or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) only--MSW candidates are exempt from this requirement. Pass the board-administered exam.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Marriage and Family Therapist (18-0000000007)

Applicants must meet the following requirements for each certificate: Complete an application and pay all application and exam fees. Have completed at least a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), or a master's degree in a related field as determined by the Board. Have three (3) years of supervised clinical experience in the field of marriage and family therapy, subject to specific requirements. Pass the board-administered exam.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Clinical Addition Counselor (18-0000000079)

IC 25-23.6-10.5-1 Sec. 1. An individual who applies for a license as an addiction counselor must meet the following requirements: (1) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has: (A) received a baccalaureate or higher degree in addiction counseling or in a related area as determined by the board from: (i) an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements under section 3(1) of this chapter; or (ii) a foreign school that has a program of study that meets the requirements under section 3(2) or 3(3) of this chapter; (B) completed the educational requirements under section 5 of this chapter; and (C) completed the experience requirements under section 7 of this chapter. (2) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual does not have a: (A) conviction for a crime of violence (as defined in IC 35-50-1- 2(a)(1) through IC 35-50-1-2(a)(13); or (B) conviction in the previous two (2) years that has a direct bearing on the individual's ability to practice competently. (3) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual was not able to practice as an addiction counselor without endangering the public. (4) Pass an examination established by the board. (5) Pay the fee established by the board. As amended by P.L.122-2009, SEC.29.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Clinical Social Worker (18-0000000006)

Applicants must meet the following requirements for each certificate: Complete an application and pay all application and exam fees. Have completed at least a master's degree or higher (MSW) in a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Degrees in related fields will not be accepted. Have three (3) years of paid full-time or 4,500 documented hours of paid part-time supervised post-baccalaureate-degree experience in the practice of clinical social work, of which at least two (2) years or 3,000 hours must have been obtained after receipt of the MSW degree. If beginning the supervised clinical experience requirement before November 1, 2003, must have at least four (4) hours per each month of post-baccalaureate experience of face-to-face supervision provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a licensed psychologist, a licensed physician with training in psychiatric medicine, or a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). If beginning this requirement after November 1, 2003, this experience must be provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Pass the board-administered exam. Requirements for the LCSW license differ slightly for candidates who began taking classes to complete and MSW degree prior to July 1, 1997.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Addiction Counselor (18-0000000078)

IC 25-23.6-10.5-1 Sec. 1. An individual who applies for a license as an addiction counselor must meet the following requirements: (1) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has: (A) received a baccalaureate or higher degree in addiction counseling or in a related area as determined by the board from: (i) an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements under section 3(1) of this chapter; or (ii) a foreign school that has a program of study that meets the requirements under section 3(2) or 3(3) of this chapter; (B) completed the educational requirements under section 5 of this chapter; and (C) completed the experience requirements under section 7 of this chapter. (2) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual does not have a: (A) conviction for a crime of violence (as defined in IC 35-50-1- 2(a)(1) through IC 35-50-1-2(a)(13); or (B) conviction in the previous two (2) years that has a direct bearing on the individual's ability to practice competently.(3) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual was not able to practice as an addiction counselor without endangering the public. (4) Pass an examination established by the board. (5) Pay the fee established by the board. As amended by P.L.122-2009, SEC.29.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm


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