Counselor Counselors in the mental health field work in a wide variety of settings and help people with mental health needs of many kinds, including developmental disability and substance abuse issues. They may be licensed professionals or they may have a degree and/or specialized training in a mental health field. Each licensure board for licensed professional counselor, licensed substance abuse counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed school counselor has different exams and requirements. Find the links for the licensure boards below.
Psychologist Psychologists study the behavior, emotions, and thinking processes of humans to better understand their behavior. These mental health professionals are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental disorders by using individual, child, family, and group therapies. Psychologists may teach, conduct research, or serve as consultants or therapists.
Social Worker (also in Health Information and Communication-Interaction Focused) Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. In a medical setting, they help patients and their families deal with problems related to physical, mental, or emotional illness and disability. Working in the community, social workers assist residents in finding employment or housing and help initiate community projects. A social worker may provide personal counseling to help individuals and families improve their problem-solving and coping skills and developmental capacities. Social workers also serve as leaders in promoting and designing more effective and humane policies, organizations, and communities. May also assist with alcohol or substance abuse counseling.
Hospital Chaplain Chaplains attend to the spiritual and emotional needs of individuals in specialized settings, such as hospitals. The hospital chaplain provides counseling as well as spiritual and moral guidance to patients, their loved ones, and staff members, upon request. At times, a chaplain is asked to perform religious services on site, in accordance with the chaplains denomination or faith group.
Mental Health Technician Mental health technicians work with mentally, developmentally, or emotionally ill or impaired individuals. They work with other team members who may include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists. They help people reach goals established in a therapeutic plan for their care. This involves working on goals in personal care, independent living, health care, and social, recreational and employment activities. Mental health technicians have close contact with patients, helping keep track of progress toward goals, barriers to reaching goals, and emergence of new goals.