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Mental Health Counselors
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 360

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $13.51 - $26.62

Typical Annual Salary: $28,100 - $55,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.
  • Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts.
  • Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
  • Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
  • Perform crisis interventions with clients.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.

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  • Electronic medical thermometers
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  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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