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Become A Risk Reduction Counselor

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Working As A Risk Reduction Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $44,262

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Risk Reduction Counselor does

  • Develop and implement drug prevention programs.
  • Facilitate health education and risk reduction groups.
  • Referred families for additional services if needed.
  • Coordinate and deliver Narcan (opiate antagonist used to reverse overdose) trainings for community members.
  • Assisted in the development and implementation of the chapter's safety/risk reduction program.
  • Organized outreach events once a week in the community.
  • Collaborate with community leaders integrating/ building a referral network for program participants.
  • Assisted supervisor in preparing programmatic, agency interpersonal, and significant client information.
  • Educate consumers on overdose prevention, including proper use of Narcan.
  • Provided counseling for HIV-positive, high risk populations based on the risk reduction model, and goal oriented therapy.
  • Provided individual prevention counseling by utilizing Stage-based and risk-reduction counseling.
  • Conduct state-approved 20 hour Risk Reduction/DUI courses.
  • Prepare monthly reports and mileage accurately and on time.
  • Provided individual counseling, groups, classroom programs, and crisis intervention for at-risk youth in Jr. High and Elementary school settings
  • Provide HIV/AIDS risk counseling to Homeless, IDU, and Sex worker.
  • Direct follow-up services and determine course of action.

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How To Become A Risk Reduction Counselor

Most school counselors must have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field and have a state-issued credential. Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree. Career counselors who work in private practices may also need a license.

Education

Most states require school counselors to have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field. Programs in school counseling teach students about fostering academic development; conducting group and individual counseling; working with parents, school staff, and community organizations; and using data to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs for all students. These programs often require students to gain experience through an internship or practicum.

Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Career counseling programs prepare students to assess clients’ skills and interests and to teach career development techniques. Many programs require students to have a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.  

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Public school counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Licensure or certification typically requires a master’s degree in school counseling and an internship or practicum completed under the supervision of a licensed professional school counselor.

Some states require applicants to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process. Information about requirements for each state is available from the American School Counselor Association.

Although some employers prefer to hire licensed career counselors, licensure is not required by all states. Contact information for state regulating boards is available from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Although most states do not require work experience in a related occupation, some states require school counselors to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Please see the Similar Occupations tab for more information on teaching occupations.

Important Qualities

Compassion. School and career counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients and students.

Interpersonal skills. School and career counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients, students, or other professionals and need to form and maintain good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for school and career counselors. They need to give their full attention to students and clients in order to understand their problems.

Speaking skills. School and career counselors must communicate effectively with clients and students. They should express ideas and information in a way that their clients and students understand easily.

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Top Skills for A Risk Reduction Counselor

RiskReductionEducationHiv/Aidsat-RiskYouthSafetyOutreachEventsCounselRingReferralsHighRiskIndividualPreventionMonthlyReportsDUICommunityMembersDiversePopulationBogotLcdcLicensureHealthEducationLifeCurriculumNarcanFollow-UpServicesClientInformationCommunityLeaders

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Top Risk Reduction Counselor Skills

  1. Risk Reduction Education
  2. Hiv/Aids
  3. At-Risk Youth
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide HIV/AIDS risk counseling to Homeless, IDU, and Sex worker.
  • Provided individual counseling, groups, classroom programs, and crisis intervention for at-risk youth in Jr. High and Elementary school settings
  • Assisted in the development and implementation of the chapter's safety/risk reduction program.
  • Organized outreach events once a week in the community.
  • Provided counseling for HIV-positive, high risk populations based on the risk reduction model, and goal oriented therapy.

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