Counselors help clients solve their personal problems or conflicts, which they are unable to resolve on their own. They may help families work through conflicts by improving communication and relationships. Mental health counselors work with clients who struggle with substance abuse, other addictions, marital problems, stress and aging.
Counselors are employed in a variety of settings: community mental health centers, drug rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, colleges and universities. In addition, master’s prepared counselors may work for themselves in private practice. The work week is 40 hours and may include nights or weekends for the convenience of the patients. School counselors work the same hours and months as teachers.
Other workplace settings:
According to the BLS, employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 35,000 openings for school and career counselors and advisors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
Counselors receive their education through academic programs at community colleges, colleges and universities. Most counselors receive a 4-year bachelor’s degree plus a graduate degree. There are 2-year associate degrees that offer certification in specialized areas of counseling.
Licensure is required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: In addition to an earned Master’s degree or Doctoral degree, a counselor must pass NBCC’s, NCE or NCMHCE exam, and participate in 3000 hours of postgraduate degree supervised experience in professional counseling, including a minimum of 100 hours of direct supervision by an appropriately licensed individual.
Please visit the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health website for more information.
American Counseling Association
PO Box 31110
Alexandria, VA 22310
American Mental Health Counselors Association
107 S West Street, Suite 779
Alexandria, VA 22314