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Counseling Psychologists

Also called: Counseling Psychologist, Counselor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

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What they do:
Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.
On the job, you would:
  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
  • Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.

Knowledge

Health
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
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
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Anasazi Software Client Data System
  • ICANotes
Analytical or scientific software
  • Comprehensive Affect Testing System CATS
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
Spreadsheet software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$67,650
per year, on average
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