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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.   (O'Net 21-1011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Addiction Therapist, Addictions Counselor, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Alcoholic Counselor, Assessment Specialist, Behavior Therapist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2015
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 15.97   $ 19.26   $ 24.11   $ 27.94   $ 31.14   $ 24.07  
    Yearly $33,230   $40,060   $50,140   $58,130   $64,770   $50,060  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 15.27   $ 17.25   $ 21.39   $ 26.65   $ 32.52   $ 22.39  
    Yearly $31,760   $35,890   $44,500   $55,440   $67,650   $46,580  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 19.87   $ 24.03   $ 26.36   $ 28.74   $ 30.08   $ 26.85  
    Yearly $41,330   $49,990   $54,840   $59,790   $62,570   $55,860  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.71   $ 16.90   $ 20.81   $ 23.80   $ 30.26   $ 20.63  
    Yearly $24,350   $35,150   $43,280   $49,500   $62,940   $42,920  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2016.
    Note: 2015 release includes new geographic definitions based on 2010 Census.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 217 244 1.2% 7
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total All Industries 314 100%
    Services Providing 255 81%
    Education and Health Services 221 70%
    Ambulatory Health Care Services 119 38%
    Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 59 19%
    Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 59 19%
    Total Self Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 59 19%
    Unclassified 59 19%
    Social Assistance 53 17%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
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  • Complete and maintain accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
     
  • Counsel clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
     
  • Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
     
  • Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
     
  • Participate in case conferences or staff meetings.
     
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Plan or implement follow-up or aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
     
  • Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • 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 there is a problem.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Social Worker, Clinical Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Clinical Social Worker Licensing
    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Licensing
    Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs
    Vermont Department of Health
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated June 2010
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling.
     
    • Clinical/Medical Social Work.
     
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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