Brittani TCA 03/15/10 (latest edit)
COUNSELING


DESCRIPTION
There are many different divisions of counseling: Educational, vocational, school counselors, Rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse, and behavioral counselors, and marriage and family therapists. I am most interested in Mental health, and Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counseling. Mental health counselors work with individuals to promote mental and emotional stability. They treat disorders, and address issues such as : depression, addiction, and anxiety. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors help individuals struggling with addictions like alcoholism and eating disorders. This kind of counseling is often done within a group setting.
BEST PART OF THE JOB
In my opinion the most rewarding part of a career in counseling is the satisfaction of helping patients. Counseling allows for interaction with others, and listening with the goal of working out a patients particular issue.
WORST PART OF THE JOB
A job as a counselor is emotionally trying. It is difficult to listen to people's problems, and traumatic life experiences day after day. It must also become frustrating when a patient is making no progress.

SCHOOLING REQUIRED
The major in which Counseling falls under is Psychology. It requires a masters degree, and 40-60 semester hours of graduate study which includes a period of supervised clinical counseling experience.

SALARY
Mental health: $ 39,450
Substance abuse/behavioral: $ 40,540

TOP SCHOOL
According to an NRC ranking Standford University is a top ranked school for psychology,which would include a specific focus on Counseling Psychology.
http://www.socialpsychology.org/ranking.htm

BIBLIOGRAPHY
1. " Psychology Salaries. " September 17th 2009
< http://www.allpsychologyschools.com/faqus/salaries.prp >

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition. December 18, 2007
September 17 2009. < http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm >

INTERVIEW

Contact:
Ms. Maureen Christensen

39 Collegeview Avenue Floor 1
Poughkeepsie, New York 12603
(845) 797-2014

Education/Training Recommendation: " I went to, and recommend Adelphi University, and interned at Grey Smith House and Duchess County Department of Mental Hygiene Clinic."


Most Valuable Skill: "Listening objectively, and creating a welcoming environment."


Outlook for Future: " There will always be a room for people to listen, because the world is getting faster and busier and that creates a lot of stress and anxiety. As long as there is community there will be issues with individuals and groups. There is a good outlook, and it will always be here."