Mental Health Counsellor

Job Summary

Counsel individuals to improve mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention of future relapse. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family; stress management; self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Volunteer, internship
  • Experience Length: No Experience/Less than 1 year

Job Description/Requirements

  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.

  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships..

  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.

  • Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork/ forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes

  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.

  • Guide clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.

  • Perform crisis interventions with clients.

  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.

  • Evaluate clients' physical or mental condition, based on review of client information.

  • Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.

  • Modify treatment activities or approaches as needed to comply with changes in clients' status.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling programs on clients' progress in resolving identified problems and moving towards defined objectives.

  • Discuss with individual clients on their plans for life after leaving therapy/counselling.

  • Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments or develop treatment plans.

  • Monitor clients' use of medications where applicableĀ 

  • Plan, organize, or lead structured programs of counseling, work, study, recreation, or social activities for clients.

  • Learn about new developments in counseling by reading professional literature, attending courses and seminars, or establishing and maintaining contact with other social service agencies.

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