Clinical mental health counselors work in a variety of diverse settings. Counselors work in agencies, universities, schools, employee assistance programs, and government programs as well as other locations. This unit explores these settings and the various options the CMHC has for employment. Additionally, CMHCs are required to work with several other types of professionals in multidisciplinary teams and this requires a spirit of collaboration and vision toward goals of client wellness and care.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Explore the roles and functions of human services professionals that provide effective mental health services to clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, and exceptional abilities, including strategies for differentiated interventions.
2. Identify the roles of the supervisor and supervisee in a clinical mental health counseling environment.
3. Investigate professional roles, functions, and relationships with other human service providers, including strategies for interagency/
Learning Activities Studies
Use your Orientation to the Counseling Profession text to read the following:
• Chapter 11, “Settings and Counseling Career Choices,” pages 321–355.
Review the following Web sites:
• United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012: 21-1014 Mental Health Counselors.
• O*Net Online’s Summary Report for: 21-1014.00 – Mental Health Counselors.
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Wages and Employment Information
In this unit’s studies, you explored the Department of Labor’s information regarding employment and wages for mental health counselors, as well as O*Net’s summary description of mental health counselors. After reviewing these sites, provide an overview of what a mental health counselor does as well as your understanding of how much income a CMHC can make. Was this consistent with your understanding and expectations of the profession? Do you believe this information is consistent with your area of the country?