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Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Blood pressure cuff kits
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  • Electronic medical thermometers
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  • Notebook computers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Medical software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
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  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
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  • Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
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  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports.
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  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
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  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.
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  • Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
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  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.
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  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments or develop treatment plans.
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  • Evaluate clients' physical or mental condition, based on review of client information.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
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  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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      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).
      Related Experience:   Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $51,847.00 $24.92  $16.69  $18.82 - $29.41 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $52,910.00 $25.44  $17.15  $18.31 - $28.63 
    Danbury $44,556.00 $21.42  $18.08  $19.89 - $23.70 
    Hartford $53,761.00 $25.85  $18.06  $20.62 - $29.27 
    New Haven $46,774.00 $22.49  $15.19  $17.89 - $26.03 
    New London/Norwich $60,384.00 $29.03  $17.36  $18.41 - $36.71 
    Waterbury $58,287.00 $28.02  $17.60  $19.26 - $35.35 
    Torrington $48,748.00 $23.43  $16.77  $16.56 - $30.17 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   105
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
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