Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors ·  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. Excludes "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039), and "Mental Health Counselors" (21-1014) providing these services.

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Licensing Information ·   Professional Counselors

Licensing Description:
An applicant shall; have received a approved master, doctoral or specialist degree, pass the National Counselor Examination administered by the NBCC, and complete a three semester hour graduate course in diagnosis systems.

Licensing Agency:
Division Of Professional Registration
Missouri State Committee for Professional Counselors
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335

Licensing History:  

RegionNumber of active licenses in 2012
The Northeast Region88

Occupational Tasks ·  Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
· Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, and other required information.
· Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
· Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
· Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition, and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
· Intervene as advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
· Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
· Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
· Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals and other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.
· Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
· Plan and implement follow-up and aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
· Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
· Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.
· Participate in case conferences and staff meetings.
· Act as liaisons between clients and medical staff.
· Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services and other post-treatment agencies.
· Confer with family members or others close to clients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress.
· Instruct others in program methods, procedures, and functions.
· Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.
· Develop, implement, and evaluate public education, prevention, and health promotion programs, working in collaboration with organizations, institutions and communities.

Educational Requirements: ·  Master's degree

Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Active Listening 93%
·  Social Perceptiveness 89%
·  Service Orientation 84%
·  Time Management 83%
·  Speaking 83%
·  Persuasion 80%
·  Critical Thinking 80%
·  Reading Comprehension 79%
·  Instructing 78%
·  Writing 77%