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Working As An Intensive In-Home Counselor

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  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $43,353

    Average Salary

What Does An Intensive In-Home Counselor Do

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

Duties

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists typically do the following:

  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression
  • Encourage clients to discuss their emotions and experiences
  • Help clients process their reactions and adjust to difficult changes in their life, such as divorce and layoffs
  • Guide clients through the process of making decisions about their future
  • Help clients develop strategies and skills to change their behavior and to cope with difficult situations
  • Refer clients to other resources or services in the community, such as support groups or inpatient treatment facilities

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists use a variety of techniques and tools to help their clients. Many apply cognitive behavioral therapy, a goal-oriented approach that helps clients understand harmful thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and teaches how to replace them with positive, life-enhancing ones. Furthermore, mental health counselors use cognitive behavioral therapy to teach clients to eliminate unwanted and damaging behaviors and to replace them with more productive ones.

Although some disorders can be overcome, others need to be managed. With the latter, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help the client develop strategies and skills to minimize the effects of their disorders or illnesses.

Many mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists work in private practice. They must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get payment for their services.

Mental health counselors provide treatment to individuals, families, couples, and groups. Some work with specific populations, such as the elderly, college students, or children. Mental health counselors deal with a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress, and suicidal impulses. They also help with mental and emotional health issues and relationship problems. 

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families. Unlike other types of mental health professionals, they bring a family-centered perspective to treatment, even when treating individuals. They evaluate family roles and development, to understand how clients’ families affect their mental health. They treat the clients’ relationships, not just the clients themselves. They address issues, such as low self-esteem, stress, addiction, and substance abuse.

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists coordinate patient treatment with other professionals, such as psychiatrists and social workers.

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How To Become An Intensive In-Home Counselor

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.

Education

To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

Training

Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.

Licenses

All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Intensive In-Home Counselor Career Paths

Intensive In-Home Counselor
Program Manager Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Director Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Clinical Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Community Health Counselor Social Worker School Counselor
Counseling Director
5 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Clinician Therapist Medical Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director Facilitator Clinician
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Supervisor
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Day Camp Counselor Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Day Camp Counselor Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Specialist Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Community Health Counselor Case Manager Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Registered Nurse Utilization Review Nurse
Utilities Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Intensive In-Home Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

69.8%

Male

28.2%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Black or African American

14.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.7%

French

5.7%

Dakota

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

1.4%

Chinese

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.4%

German

1.4%

Igbo

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Persian

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%
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Intensive In-Home Counselor Education

Schools

Liberty University

17.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

16.4%

Norfolk State University

10.0%

Capella University

7.7%

Old Dominion University

7.5%

Virginia State University

7.3%

Walden University

5.6%

University of Phoenix

4.5%

Hampton University

3.2%

Radford University

3.0%

Grand Canyon University

2.7%

University of Southern California

2.1%

Florida State University

1.9%

Virginia Union University

1.8%

George Mason University

1.8%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

1.8%

Regent University

1.6%

East Tennessee State University

1.4%

University of Northern Iowa

1.3%

Ashford University

1.1%
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Majors

Social Work

17.4%

Psychology

16.2%

School Counseling

11.8%

Mental Health Counseling

8.9%

Counseling Psychology

6.8%

Human Services

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.0%

Sociology

4.4%

Business

3.3%

Education

3.1%

Clinical Psychology

3.0%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Family Therapy

2.0%

Human Development

1.7%

Special Education

1.5%

Theology

1.2%

Rehabilitation Science

1.1%

Elementary Education

1.1%

Management

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

49.4%

Bachelors

32.3%

Other

9.4%

Doctorate

4.1%

Associate

2.7%

Certificate

1.5%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Intensive In-Home Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
In Home Counselor(Marriage & Family Counselor) Five Acres-The Boys & Girls Aid Soc. of L.A. Count Altadena, CA Oct 01, 2013 $57,990
Intensive In-Home Counselor United Support Services, LLC Roanoke, VA Aug 01, 2011 $56,349
Intensive In-Home Counselor United Support Services, LLC Roanoke, VA Aug 15, 2011 $56,349
In Home Counselor (Marriage and Family Counseling) Five Acres-The Boys & Girls Aid Soc. of L.A. COUN. Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2010 $49,000
In Home Counselor (Marriage and Family Counseling) Five Acres-The Boys & Girls Aid Soc. of L.A. COUN. Altadena, CA Oct 01, 2010 $49,000
In-Home Counselor Charlottesville League of Therapists Roanoke, VA Sep 07, 2009 $45,914
Parnt Counsellor_Home Therapy (Social Worker) Bangladesh America Association for Rehabilitation NY Mar 21, 2013 $40,000
Parant Counselor-Home Therapy (Social Worker) Bangladesh America Association for Rehabilitation NY Mar 21, 2012 $37,000
Parent Counselor-Home Therapy (Social Worker) Bangladesh America Association for Rehabilitation NY Mar 20, 2011 $37,000
Parent Counselor-Home Therapy (Social Work) Bangladesh American Association for Rehabilitation NY Mar 20, 2010 $35,693

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Top Skills for An Intensive In-Home Counselor

  1. Crisis Intervention
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Individual Service Plans
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  • Perform intake assessments, develop and implement individual time-phased treatment plans, provide case management and crisis intervention.
  • Developed weekly treatment plans *Participated in weekly group/consultation meetings *Provided in-home services to youth and their family's
  • Participate in the implementation of individual service plans, objectives and interventions providing effective services to individual clients and families.
  • Specialized in Structural and Strategic Family Therapy with families and children Provided Office-based Counseling for children with Adjustment and Depressive Disorders
  • Worked with school age children and families with mild to severe mental health issues.

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