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Mental Health Counselor
Counselors in mental health or behavioral medicine advise individuals about how to deal with and overcome emotional, mental and social problems.

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Substance Abuse/AODA (Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse) Counselor - Substance abuse counselors work with individuals and families dealing with substance abuse problems.

Work Activities/Environment
Mental health counselors work in hospitals, behavior medicine facilities, prisons, rehabilitation centers, clinics, and other institutions. They work closely with other specialists including psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. They provide individual and group therapy sessions and monitor the patient's activities and progress during treatment. They also may refer patients to other resources and support services. Counselors may work evenings to accommodate clients' schedules.

Academic/Special Requirements
Mental health counselors usually need a master's degree in mental health counseling or in psychology or social work. To become certified, counselors must earn their master's degree and complete certain requirements including: acquiring post master's experience, passing a written exam, and confirmation of supervised clinical experience.

Educational Institutions
Alverno College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Concordia University
Fox Valley Technical College
Lakeland College
Marquette University
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Mount Mary College
Nicolet Area Technical College
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - Stout
University of Wisconsin - Superior
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Viterbo University
Waukesha County Technical College

Graduate Program offered in Madison, Waukesha, and Wausau
Southern New Hampshire University

Average $45,110

Professional Organizations
American Counseling Association
6101 Stevenson Ave.
Alexandria, VA, 22304

American Mental Health Counselors Association
675 North Washington St., Suite 470
Alexandria, VA, 22314
800/326-2642 or 703-548-6002

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510
Alexandria, VA, 22314

National Board for Certified Counselors
3 Terrace Way, Suite D
Greensboro, NC, 27403-3660

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