Take a look a chapter 11, Career Counseling. For the discussion this week, choose a major career path that involves doing therapy or counseling, for example: licensed professional counselors (LPCs) also called mental health counselors, school counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and psychiatrists.
Go to the following website (below) at the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, and mention in your discussion what you found regarding educational requirements, job outlook, job description and salaries.
Initial Response is well organized, includes a citation, addresses topic, and demonstrates critical thinking.aneika
COLLAPSE Responded to two peers.
Peers 1 Aneika Sands
Good evening everyone, I hope everybody has had a great start to the week!
For my discussion post today I will be discussing careers in mental health. The options are endless and there are just so many opportunities for people to succeed in having a career in this field. I will also be writing about a major career path that involves doing therapy or counseling, and also mention what I learned about the educational requirements, job outlook, job description, and salary of the specific career path. To have a career in mental health one would be doing some form of counseling, in order to fully grasp the context of your career we must first take a look at where counseling originated “through the process and techniques of vocational guidance is how the counseling profession was first implemented” (Kottler & Shepard 2015, p.301).
The career that I would be interested in would be a LPC or school counselor for short. The educational requirements for a school counselor requires a masters degree in school counseling and state issued credentials. In the occupational outlook handbook it says that school counselors should have attended a degree program because this is essential to the skills of the job. According to the OOH the job outlook for a school counselor has employment expected to grow 10% from 2021 to 2031, with as many as 32,000 openings for school and career advisors. I believe that when I have finally completed my degree there will still be a high demand for school counselors and even if there isn’t I still would pursue this career because this is something near and dear to my heart, although “the lowest paid 25% school counselor to date has made $47,390 (Graves, para. 3) this still wouldn’t affect my decision. A job description for a school counselor includes helping students develop high achieving academic and social skills, which would be a great position for me because I love to put in the dedication to help others succeed and reach their goals. A school counselor also works with students to help with poor attendance ,negatively impacted attendance in school, and behavioral changes.
Lastly the salary that a school counselor would be making is at the highest “best paid 25% $77,210 (Graves, para. 3) and and median annual wage of $60,510 which was reported in May 2021. Overall in doing this discussion post I have learned a great deal about the career position that I am interested in and the factors it takes to get the position and maintain an outstanding reputation in said career field.
Wishing everyone a great rest of the week!
References: Kottler, A. & Shepard, D. (2015). Introduction to counseling: Voices from the field (8th ed.).
Graves , J. A. (n.d.). Mental health counselor overview – U.S. news & world report. What is a School Counselor . Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/mental-…
Peers2 Nicole Emiliani
EDITED Week 3 Discussion: Careers in Mental Health Care
The Occupational Outlook Handbook states that Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs), also called Mental Health Counselors, need a bachelor’s degree in counseling plus 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. Most states also require licensure. The job outlook for LPCs is expected to grow much faster than average, at 22% from 2021 to 2031. The median salary in 2021 was $48,520 yearly (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022).
Licensed Professional Counselors provide mental health services focusing on behavioral, emotional, and cognitive issues. Depending on the state, they may be called licensed clinical professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors, or something similar. As an LPC, you may counsel individuals, couples, families, and groups for learning impairments, substance abuse, and psychoanalysis. A counselor’s education and training focus on providing client-centered treatment (Kottler & Shepard, 2015).
The job description for an LPC includes the following:
Assessing clients’ needs, strengths, and weaknesses.
Developing treatment plans.
Providing individual, group, and family counseling.
Keeping detailed records of clients’ progress.
A counseling degree helps prepare you to guide other people through difficult times. Here are a few steps on the LPC track to consider (2U, 2022).
Earn a bachelor’s degree
Pursue a master’s degree in counseling
Complete practicum and internship hours
Sit for a licensure exam
Obtain counseling licensure and certification
Choose a counseling career path
Advance your practice through continued learning
LPCs work with clients experiencing a wide range of psychological distresses, including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems, grief, and low self-esteem. LPCs use various counseling techniques to help clients identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. LPCs may also provide crisis counseling to clients experiencing a major life event, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or job loss.
LPCs also consult with other professionals, such as physicians, teachers, and lawyers, to coordinate client services. LPCs work in a variety of settings, including private practices, mental health clinics, hospitals, and schools. LPCs may also work for employee assistance programs, substance abuse treatment facilities, and government agencies.
Kottler, A. & Shepard, D. (2015). Introduction to counseling: Voices from the field (8th ed.). Cengage
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2022, October 24). Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and Mental Health Counselors: Occupational Outlook Handbook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-servi…
2U Inc. (2022, August 3). Become a mental health counselor. Social Work License Map. https://socialworklicensemap.com/social-work-resou…