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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 Counselor, Addiction Specialist, Addiction Therapist, Addictions Counselor, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Counselor   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 14.74   $ 16.65   $ 19.90   $ 25.92   $ 31.45   $ 21.75  
    Yearly $ 30,650   $ 34,640   $ 41,390   $ 53,910   $ 65,420   $ 45,240  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 13.88   $ 16.32   $ 20.43   $ 27.03   $ 32.50   $ 21.98  
    Yearly $ 28,870   $ 33,950   $ 42,490   $ 56,210   $ 67,600   $ 45,710  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.54   $ 17.09   $ 20.34   $ 26.17   $ 30.77   $ 22.59  
    Yearly $ 32,330   $ 35,540   $ 42,310   $ 54,440   $ 64,010   $ 46,990  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 15.50   $ 16.73   $ 18.80   $ 21.87   $ 26.96   $ 19.84  
    Yearly $ 32,230   $ 34,810   $ 39,110   $ 45,500   $ 56,090   $ 41,260  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 314 410 2.7% 17
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 146 187 2.5% 7
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 95 124 2.7% 5
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 73 99 3.1% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total Employment, All Jobs 314 100%
    Services-Providing 255 82%
    Education and Health Services 221 71%
    Ambulatory Health Care Services 119 38%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 59 19%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs and 59 19%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, Primary Job 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
    for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    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.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
     
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    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).
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization - Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    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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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    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, 2009.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors  updated July 2005
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Clinical/Medical Social Work
     
    • Mental & Social Health Services & Allied Professions, Other
     
    • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 
     

     
     
     
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