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Working As A Clinical Therapist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $42,170

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Therapist Do

A Clinical Therapist works with patients to help identify, examine, and treat mental health and emotional issues or disorders. They counsel individuals or groups regarding psychological or emotional problems, as well as observe clients to detect indications of abnormal physical or mental behavior.

How To Become A Clinical Therapist

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Clinical Therapist Career Paths

Clinical Therapist
Clinical Case Manager Therapist Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Program Director Educator
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Professional Counselor Family Counselor Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Psychologist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director Adjunct Faculty
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Clinical Director Career Manager
Geriatric Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Education Director Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Professional Counselor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Clinical Social Worker Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Director Of Social Services Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Clinical Therapist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    75.3%
  • Male

    23.0%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.8%
  • Asian

    7.5%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    60.9%
  • French

    9.4%
  • German

    3.9%
  • Cantonese

    3.1%
  • Arabic

    3.1%
  • Russian

    2.3%
  • Italian

    2.3%
  • Romanian

    1.6%
  • Dutch

    1.6%
  • Mandarin

    1.6%
  • Hebrew

    1.6%
  • Portuguese

    1.6%
  • Chinese

    1.6%
  • Turkish

    0.8%
  • Cherokee

    0.8%
  • Hindi

    0.8%
  • Igbo

    0.8%
  • Vietnamese

    0.8%
  • Urdu

    0.8%
  • Tagalog

    0.8%
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Real Clinical Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Therapist Independence Care System, Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $85,000 -
$100,000
Clinical Therapist 1 Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center Redlands, CA Dec 07, 2016 $66,081
Clinical Therapist Psychiatric Specialties, PLLC Saint Joseph, MI Oct 01, 2014 $65,219
Clinical Bilingual Therapist Synergy Family Services, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Dec 01, 2013 $65,000
Clinical Bilingual Therapist Synergy Family Services, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Sep 15, 2013 $65,000
Clinical Therapist Professional Health Network, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $62,610
Clinical Therapist The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Oct 21, 2016 $56,514
Clinical Therapist Frederick Woolverton. PH.D. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $55,911
Clinical Therapist Frederick Woolverton, PH.D. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $55,911
Clinical Therapist Blanton-Peale Institute New York, NY Aug 24, 2014 $54,262
Clinical Therapist Blanton-Peale Institute New York, NY Apr 01, 2014 $54,262
Clinical Therapist The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Aug 22, 2015 $53,000
Clinical Therapist Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Sep 18, 2014 $50,171
Clinical Therapist ATHI P Venkatesh Md Pa TX Mar 15, 2013 $50,000
Clinical Therapist SHC-KHP, LP TX Oct 02, 2012 $49,900
Clinical Therapist The Treatment Center of The Palm Beaches, LLC Lake Worth, FL Oct 01, 2015 $45,000
Clinical Therapist Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services Lancaster, CA Oct 01, 2012 $45,000
Clinical Therapist New Mexico Highlands University Albuquerque, NM Mar 09, 2014 $43,000
Clinical Therapist New Mexico Highlands University Albuquerque, NM Sep 03, 2014 $43,000
Clinical Therapist MGC Health, Inc. Augusta, GA Jul 31, 2013 $42,827
Clinical Therapist MGC Health, Inc. NC Jul 31, 2013 $42,827
Medication Clinic Crisis Therapist-Mental Health Family & Children's Services, Inc. Tulsa, OK Jul 07, 2014 $42,207
Bilingual Clinical Therapist Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2013 $40,019
Bilingual Clinical Therapist Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 05, 2010 $37,482
Clinical Therapist Asian Pacific Psychological Services Richmond, CA Jan 26, 2010 $36,209
Clinical Therapist I Providence Healthcare Network Waco, TX Sep 07, 2010 $36,001

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Top Skills for A Clinical Therapist

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Top Clinical Therapist Skills

  1. Individual Treatment Plans
  2. Mental Health Services
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated and collaborated in creating Mental Health Assessments, individual treatment plans, and reviewed progress towards treatment goals during staffings.
  • Served as primary therapist/coordinator of mental health services for assigned cases.
  • Provided group and individual therapy, case management, crisis intervention, and specialized clinical reports for court ordered clients.
  • Facilitate family therapy sessions along with individual sessions.
  • Prioritize treatment plans to focus on youth s mental health and substance abuse issues, ensuring monthly updates reflecting progress.

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