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Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Also called: Case Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Behavioral Health Specialist

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  • Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.


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


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EMR Systems
  • Athena Software Penelope Case Management
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • EAG Economic Analysis Group CaseTrack
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • IBM Lotus Notes


Education: (rated 5 of 5)

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