Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Also called: Addictions Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Counselor

Career Cluster: Human Services
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.
  • Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.
KNOWLEDGE

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
SKILLS

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

Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Social Orientation
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Medical software
  • Addison Health Systems WritePad EHR
  • Varian Medical Systems
EDUCATION


master's degree or high school diploma/GED
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK


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Salary:
High: $89,920.00
Median: $53,710.00
Low: $36,700.00
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