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Become A Teen Counselor

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Working As A Teen 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

  • $47,154

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Teen Counselor does

  • Received the President's Volunteer Service Award for Community Service
  • Gained team building skills, patience, and effective communication skills.
  • Manage the daily activities and operation of the Best Start program and its grant funding.
  • Encourage participants to develop their own activities and leadership skills through group discussions.
  • Create lesson plans for the children.
  • Conduct large scale media campaign to promote teen programs.
  • Engaged teen girls, from the ages of 14-16, in recreational activities at a sleep-away camp for inner city youth.
  • Formulated and facilitated a weekly art therapy group for males ages 17-18 years.
  • Experience with crisis intervention and implementing care plans/treatment plans.
  • Facilitate counseling groups, mediation groups, and individual counseling.
  • Worked as an instructor, counselor, team leader, and customer service at various branches.
  • Lead skill development groups on variety of topics including communication, social skills and anger management.
  • Represented program and created ideas to attract new program participants events.
  • Acted as mentor, counselor, instructor and disciplinarian to youth under direct supervision.
  • Created, planned, and facilitated educational programs.
  • Developed and promoted summer programs and activities for the youth in the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation skills.
  • Created programs for at-risk youth in the City of Springfield.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Facilitate life skills and independent living training for teens.

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How To Become A Teen 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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Teen Counselor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    58.4%
  • Male

    38.8%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.8%
  • Asian

    7.9%
  • Unknown

    2.0%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.0%
  • Arabic

    11.8%
  • French

    5.9%
  • Thai

    5.9%
  • Chinese

    2.9%
  • Greek

    2.9%
  • German

    2.9%
  • Cantonese

    2.9%
  • Japanese

    2.9%
  • Russian

    2.9%
  • Tagalog

    2.9%
  • Hmong

    2.9%
  • Italian

    2.9%
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Top Skills for A Teen Counselor

TeenGirlsDirectSupervisionChildAbuseLifeSkillsCrisisInterventionDailyActivitiesCommunicationSkillsCustomerServiceRecreationalActivitiesConflictResolutionCounselCommunityServiceTherapyProgramParticipantsSpecialEventsBibleLeadershipSkillsCommunityResourcesTeenProgramsat-RiskYouth

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Top Teen Counselor Skills

  1. Teen Girls
  2. Direct Supervision
  3. Child Abuse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Engaged teen girls, from the ages of 14-16, in recreational activities at a sleep-away camp for inner city youth.
  • Acted as mentor, counselor, instructor and disciplinarian to youth under direct supervision.
  • Trained in suicide prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, human sexuality, and life skills counseling.
  • Experience with crisis intervention and implementing care plans/treatment plans.
  • Manage the daily activities and operation of the Best Start program and its grant funding.

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