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Counseling Psychologists

Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.   (O'Net 19-3031.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Applied Behavior Science Specialist (ABSS), Behavior Specialist, Behavior Therapist, Behavioral Analyst, Behavioral Specialist, Behavioral Therapist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                          - School Psychologists
                          - Clinical Psychologists
                          - Counseling Psychologists
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 19.09   $ 23.17   $ 30.16   $ 37.75   $ 47.20   $ 32.92  
    Yearly $39,700   $48,180   $62,730   $78,530   $98,180   $68,470  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 14.41   $ 25.42   $ 37.57   $ 47.66   $ 87.71   $ 42.35  
    Yearly $29,970   $52,870   $78,150   $99,140   $182,440   $88,090  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 18.52   $ 21.58   $ 27.05   $ 34.54   $ 42.34   $ 29.67  
    Yearly $38,510   $44,880   $56,260   $71,850   $88,060   $61,710  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 24.06   $ 27.42   $ 31.91   $ 37.66   $ 42.68   $ 32.36  
    Yearly $50,040   $57,030   $66,380   $78,330   $88,780   $67,320  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                                  - School Psychologists
                                  - Clinical Psychologists
                                  - Counseling Psychologists
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 923 1,136 2.1% 41
    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
    for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists which includes:
                                - School Psychologists
                                - Clinical Psychologists
                                - Counseling Psychologists
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Educational services; state, local, and private 32.3%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 30.6%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 15.5%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 6.0%
    Social assistance 5.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Counseling Psychologists
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  • Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
     
  • Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.
     
  • Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
     
  • Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.
     
  • Supervise interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.
     
  • Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
     
  • Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
     
  • Consult with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.
     
  • Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
     
  • Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
    for Counseling Psychologists
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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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
    for Counseling Psychologists
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    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.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
    for Counseling Psychologists
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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.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Coaching and Developing Others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others - Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
    for Counseling Psychologists
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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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress 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.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Counseling Psychologists
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Psychotherapist, non-licensed and non-certified Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Allied Mental Health
    Psychologist, Doctorate Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Psychological Examiners
    Psychologist, Master Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Psychological Examiners
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    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: Counseling Psychologists  updated July 2012
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Counseling Psychologists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Applied Behavior Analysis. (NEW)
     
    • Counseling Psychology.
     
    • Geropsychology.
     
    • Health/Medical Psychology.
     
    • Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
     
    • Psychology, General.
     
    • School Psychology.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Counseling Psychologists 
     

     
     
     
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