Rehabilitation counselors help people overcome personal, social, and vocational effects of disabilities. They counsel people with physical and emotional disabilities stemming from illness, birth defects, accidents, or other causes. Rehabilitation counselors recognize and reduce environmental and attitudinal limitations. They provide education and advocacy services to individuals, families and employers. Job settings typically include private practices, community health organizations, day treatment programs, and hospitals.
To become an Addiction/Rehabilitation counselor, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
In addition to educational achievement, a rehabilitation counselor should also exhibit strong communication and listening skills, compassion, and patience. Clients may become frustrated or agitated and a good rehabilitation counselor will know how to communicate with them effectively.
Someone with this degree typically has the opportunity to work with people suffering from addiction and substance abuse. An addiction/rehabilitation counselor may:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job outlook for rehabilitation counselors is expected to grow 20% between 2012 and 2022, fast than the average of all occupations. For more on earning potential, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
The following degrees are closely related to a master’s degree in addiction and rehab counseling often allowing you to pursue a career in this field or others:
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