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Career Profile

Counseling Psychologist
What They Do
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Assesses and evaluates individuals' problems through the use of


case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or
group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more
effective personal, social, educational, and vocational
development and adjustment.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and
Mental Health Services pathway.

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Collects information about individuals or clients, using interviews,


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case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment
methods.
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Documents patient information including session notes, progress
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notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.
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Counsels individuals, groups, or families to help them understand
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problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop
realistic action plans.
Develops therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, Clinical, Counseling,
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Supervises interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.
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Advises clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
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Analyzes data such as interview notes, test results, and reference
manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients'
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problems.
Consults with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss
therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to
share occupational information.
Evaluates the results of counseling methods to determine the
reliability and validity of treatments.
Refers clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling
treatment of problems.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands


People who do this job report that:
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You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like
books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more
than once a month
Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

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Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

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Seeing clearly up close


Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel


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Irregular hours
Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers


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observation, interview, and psychological tests.
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psychological and emotional issues.
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