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Become A Work Counselor

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Working As A Work Counselor

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Work Counselor Do At Travelers

* Litigates cases to verdict, demonstrating superior use of trial skills and techniques.
* Ability to independently handle a full to moderate caseload with moderate level of severity and complexity from case inception through trial/resolution.
* Works under the guidance of Senior Counsel in litigating complex and high exposure files.
* Conducts legal research as necessitated and supervises research projects delegated to Associate Counsel and paralegals.
* Independently drafts pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery and other file documents.
* Attends court events and other appointments independently.
* Learns and understands claim customers expectations and key department business goals and assists them in meeting those goals.
* Handles and actively seeks opportunities to become involved in special projects and on committees.
* Provides recommendations and case analysis to business partners on appropriate file handling strategy.
* Integrates legal support staff into case handling process.
* Builds and maintains superior internal and external client relationships.
* Completes all required administrative tasks including time reporting, closed cases, reports and other materials appropriate to performance of job duties.
* Effectively makes use of technology and automation in the practice of law.
* Adheres to all standards of excellence in file management.
* Travels as required to meet business needs.
* Ability to mentor and train less experienced counsel and legal support staff.
* Provide advice and training to claim partners and clients.
* Job Opening ID:
* BR
* Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
* Travelers is an equal opportunity employer

What Does A Work Counselor Do At Ascension Health

* Conducts patient assessments and establishes therapy treatment goals.
* Administers individual and group therapy.
* Maintains thorough and confidential records of observations.
* Evaluates progress and effectiveness of therapy interventions.
* Provides patient with information regarding resources and therapeutic activities in the community.
* Assists in case management, outreach, aftercare, collaboration with referral sources and collaboration with health providers.
* Participates in clinical supervision as well as responds to acute care needs of patients.
* Maintains relationships with community resources, referral sources, agencies and associations

What Does A Work Counselor Do At Mercy Health

* not all-inclusive)
* It is expected that all of the Principal Duties and Responsibilities identified below will be performed in a manner that reflects the values of Mercy Caring and Catholic Healthcare Partners, which are: Compassion, Excellence, Human Dignity, Justice, Sacredness of Life and Service.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II must provide individual and group treatment in both inpatient and outpatient setting, provide assistance with discharge planning, assessments and psychoeducational groups, and perform Intake/Clinical Assessments in the ED, for scheduled assessments/walk-ins, or on the medical floors.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II documents in medical record in accordance with accepted policy in a timely manner.
* A licensed independent chemical dependency counselor may be asked to provide supervision to staff eligible and pursuing this licensure.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II Adheres to the standards and policies of the Corporate Responsibility Program, including the duty to comply with applicable laws and regulations, and reports to designated Manager (or employer hotline) any suspected unethical, fraudulent, or unlawful acts or policies.
* He or she will demonstrate ethical, sound professional practices and personal accountability and act in alignment with the mission and core values of Catholic Health Partners.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II Holds others accountable to standards of performance, and displays a curiosity and desire for knowledge and staying current with colleagues, being curious about business and the health care services industry.
* He or she will regularly invest time in encouraging the team to innovate, continuously improve processes and share knowledge.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II maintains the privacy and security of all confidential and protected health information.
* He or she uses and discloses only that information which is necessary to perform the function of the job and maintains compliance with established corporate and departmental policies and procedures, quality improvement program, customer service and productivity expectations.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II demonstrates behaviors consistent with stated core values of Catholic Healthcare Partners and the Behavioral Health department Code of Ethics.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II participates in administrative meetings and committees (staff meetings, clinical supervision, quality improvement, patient satisfaction, employee engagement, etc.) to exchange information that relates to program updates, identify program barriers and anticipate future program needs in accordance with appropriate accreditation standards and within facility policies.
* He or she participates in the supervision of clinical interns or students and/or volunteers, utilizing orientation, observation, record reviews, feedback and evaluations as required.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II participates in the safe management of the milieu, intervening effectively with patients who behave inappropriately or who are having coping difficulty, utilizing effective non-abusive crisis prevention/intervention techniques and treats patients and families with empathy and respect.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II maintains effective working relationships with team members, (requires both flexibility and setting limits) and performs work in accordance with the facility standards and policies regarding risk management, safety, infection control, etc.
* He or she will performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
* The Social Worker/Counselor II Develops annual personalized professional goals in conjunction with manager/Director, and seeks and participates in learning opportunities that meet personal and departmental goals

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How To Become A Work Counselor

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.


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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Work Counselor Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Turkish

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Kurdish

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Greek

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Polish

  • Albanian

  • Czech

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Top Work Counselor Skills

  1. Crisis Intervention
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Appropriate Referrals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided crisis intervention counseling to clients in accordance with agency protocols.
  • Designed and implemented individualized treatment plans jointly with clients.
  • Attended to any client crisis and made appropriate referrals for the needed service.
  • Work with facility's Mental Health and physician consultants, and other staff to ensure mental health services were fully integrated.
  • Provided individual and group therapy sessions.

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