Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

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What do they do?

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

Also known as:

Addiction Counselor, Addiction Therapist, Addictions Counselor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Assessment Specialist, Case Manager, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADAC), Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor), Chemical Dependency Professional, Clinical Counselor, Clinician, Correctional Substance Abuse Counselor, Counselor, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist (DATS), Drug Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Outpatient Counselor, Prevention Specialist, Quitline Counselor, Residential Substance Abuse Counselor, Student Assistance Counselor (SAC), Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor), Substance Abuse Technician, Treatment Counselor

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administrative - Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Write reports or evaluations.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Counsel clients or patients with substance abuse issues.
  • Administer drug screening tests.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
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O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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