A licensed professional counselor may work in a variety of environments providing care in the area of mental health to individuals with mental illnesses, disorders, or imbalances. They assist patients in setting goals, using strengths-based techniques, and maintaining their mental health. Aside from practicing counseling, licensed professional counselors are responsible for the maintenance of records relating to therapy. They function as a counselor, case manager, consultant, and educator while providing therapy. This therapy may be to individuals, groups, or couples.
A licensed professional counselor can operate in their own private practice, in a clinic environment, a nursing home, hospital, or treatment center. When working in a facility, they usually report to a counselor supervisor or program director. These supervisors or directors typically assign counselors patients, as well as establish and enforce policies. Licensed professional counselors may also work closely with other mental health providers and social services professionals to coordinate care for patients. Most often, licensed professional counselors work in an office within a clinic environment. They may work during the week during regular business hours, as well as after business hours and/or on the weekend.
The licensed professional counselor must be licensed as a counselor in the state in which they work; they are only allowed to perform duties that are within the scope of their license. Licensed professional counselors are often required to have a master’s degree. During their employment, they may be required to attend workshops, in-services, conferences, and training programs to maintain and update their license and to satisfy employers' requirement.
Licensed Professional Counselor Tasks
- Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.
- Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
- Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.