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.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $41,840.00
Average Time to Fill 38 days
Typical Education Master's Degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 3,339
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 23.73 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Customer Service
Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Conflict Management
Work Ethic
Intellectual Risk-taking
Written Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Treat psychological disorders and issues
Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs
Develop patient therapy programs
Develop treatment plans
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Solve clinical problems
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Provide basic health care services
Conduct behavior modification
Conduct individual, group, or family interventions

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

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

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

Establish relationships with students
Establish long-term relationships with industry professionals
Maintain relationships with stakeholders
Maintain relationships with vendors
Maintain relationships with external agencies, organizations, and communities
Establish relationships with clients and customers
Develop working relationships with others to facilitate program activities
Maintain relationships with clients and customers

Training and Teaching Others

Teach behavior modification techniques
Train staff members in social services skills
Teach social skills
Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families
Lead classes or community events
Monitor student progress
Provide nutritional instruction to individuals or families

Getting Information

Research medical or health improvement issues
Collect clinical data
Collect information about community health needs
Collect information about clients
Conduct clinical investigations
Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Identify physical or emotional abuse
Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
Evaluate patient or client response to therapy or treatment
Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Evaluate mental health conditions or disorders
Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs

Real-Time Job Posting Statistics

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
Social Work License
Group Therapy
Family Therapy
Counseling Services
Discharge Planning

Related Licensing Requirements

Temporary Mental Health Counselor Permit (18-0000000083)

IC 25-23.6-8.5-1 Application; requirements Sec. 1. An individual who applies for a license as a mental health counselor must meet the following requirements: (1) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has: (A) received a master's or doctor's degree in an area related to mental health counseling from: (i) an eligible postsecondary educational institution that meets the requirements under section 2 of this chapter; or (ii) a foreign school that has a program of study that meets the requirements under section 2 of this chapter; (B) completed the educational requirements under section 3 of this chapter; and (C) completed the experience requirements under section 4 of this chapter. (2) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual does not have a conviction for a crime 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 a mental health counselor without endangering the public.(4) Pass an examination provided by the board (5) Pay the fee established by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)

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