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Working As A Juvenile Counselor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Juvenile Counselor Do

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Duties

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, or problem behavior and assess their readiness for treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, also called addiction counselors, work with clients individually and in group sessions. Many incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to guide their practice. They teach clients how to cope with stress and life’s problems in ways that help them recover. Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.

Some addiction counselors work in facilities that employ many types of healthcare and mental health professionals. Addiction counselors may work with psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, and registered nurses to develop treatment plans and coordinate care for patients.

Some counselors work with clients who have been ordered by a judge to receive treatment for addiction. Others work with specific populations, such as teenagers, veterans, or people with disabilities. Some specialize in crisis intervention; these counselors step in when someone is endangering his or her own life or the lives of others. Other counselors specialize in noncrisis interventions, which encourage a person with addictions or other issues to get help. Noncrisis interventions often are performed at the request of friends and family.

Some substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in private practice, where they work alone or with a group of counselors or other professionals. These counselors manage their practice as a business. This includes working with clients and insurance companies to receive payment for their services. In addition, they market their practice to bring in new clients.

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How To Become A Juvenile Counselor

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree. Workers with more education are able to provide more services to their clients, such as private one-on-one counseling sessions, and they require less supervision than those with less education. Those interested should research their state’s educational requirements.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in private practice must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-issued exam and complete continuing education every year. Contact information for your state's regulating board can be found through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The licensure or certification criteria for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, not all states require a specific degree, but many require applicants to pass an exam. Contact information for your state’s licensing board can be found through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients or other professionals and must be able to develop and nurture good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. They need to give their full attention to a client to be able to understand that client’s problems and values.

Patience. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to remain calm when working with all types of clients, including those who may be distressed or angry.

Speaking skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that their clients easily understand.

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Juvenile Counselor Career Paths

Juvenile Counselor
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Social Worker
Senior Social Worker
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Clinician Case Manager
Case Manager Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Consultant Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Substance Abuse Counselor Senior Counselor Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Ambulatory Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Juvenile Probation Officer Behavioral Specialist Clinical Social Worker
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Juvenile Probation Officer Behavioral Specialist Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Juvenile Probation Officer Behavioral Specialist Residential Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Provider Integrator
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Juvenile Counselor 3.0 years
Clinical Counselor 2.5 years
Primary Counselor 2.5 years
Lead Counselor 2.5 years
Family Counselor 2.4 years
Group Counselor 2.1 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Youth Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Juvenile Counselor
Internship 9.9%
Counselor 8.2%
Teacher 4.5%
Cashier 4.0%
Therapist 3.7%
Supervisor 3.5%
Top Careers After Juvenile Counselor
Case Manager 13.1%
Counselor 10.0%
Therapist 6.1%
Supervisor 5.3%
Teacher 5.0%
Internship 5.0%
Specialist 2.6%

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Juvenile Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

47.6%

Male

39.7%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Black or African American

14.7%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.7%

French

6.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Igbo

3.0%

Persian

3.0%

Hmong

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%
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Juvenile Counselor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.8%

John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York

10.2%

Capella University

9.4%

Walden University

8.3%

Minnesota State University - Moorhead

5.3%

Liberty University

4.9%

College of New Rochelle

4.5%

Norfolk State University

4.2%

Appalachian State University

3.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.8%

Troy University

3.8%

Touro College

3.8%

California State University - Chico

3.8%

North Dakota State University -

3.8%

Strayer University

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.0%

Portland State University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

3.0%

Ashford University

2.6%

Florida State University

2.6%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

29.1%

Psychology

11.5%

Social Work

10.6%

Counseling Psychology

5.9%

Business

5.1%

Human Services

4.7%

School Counseling

4.5%

Sociology

4.4%

Mental Health Counseling

3.9%

Public Administration

3.2%

Law

2.8%

Education

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Criminology

1.8%

Social Sciences

1.5%

Family Therapy

1.4%

Rehabilitation Science

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Nursing

1.2%

Elementary Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Masters

32.4%

Other

13.8%

Associate

6.5%

Doctorate

4.0%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Juvenile Counselor

  1. Behavioral Issues
  2. Detention Facility
  3. Crisis Intervention
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  • Provide consultation to community regarding delinquency and behavioral issues with referrals to outside agencies if warranted.
  • Supervised juvenile offenders within a detention facility who were detained as a result of a delinquent offense.
  • Prevented and intervened during student incidents providing oversight management using Crisis Intervention Training Techniques.
  • Staff was responsible for transporting residence to treatment evaluations off site, court hearings and doctor appointments.
  • Supervised counseling sessions for juvenile offenders * Maintained open communication between juveniles' parents and the center Football Experience

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