Alabama Department of Labor

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SOC: 21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
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. Exclude "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: 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. Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories. Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans. Intervene as an advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers. Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status. Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills. Participate in case conferences or staff meetings. Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services or programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary. Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
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