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Career Perspective of Certified Attitude and Behaviour


1) Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Therapist

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.

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.

2) Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors

Counsel students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, class scheduling, school adjustment, truancy,study habits, and career planning. Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations. Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies,and administrative regulations. Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, other counselors, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral, academic, and other problems. Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.Identify cases involving domestic abuse or other family  students’ development. Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children’s progress and to determine their priorities for their children and their resource needs. Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.

3) Marriage and Family Therapists

Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems.Apply psycho therapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of professional services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

4) Mental health Therapist

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems;suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.

Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems. Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships. Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports. Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes. Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, and tests. Act as client advocates to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations. Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge. Collaborate with other staff members to perform clinical assessments and develop treatment plans. Evaluate clients’ physical or mental condition based on review of client information.

5) Rehabilitation Therapist

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employ ability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities.

Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.Monitor and record clients’ progress in order to ensure that goals and objectives are met. Confer with clients to discuss their options and goals so that rehabilitation programs and plans for accessing needed services can be developed. Prepare and maintain records and case files, including documentation such as clients’ personal and eligibility information, services provided, narratives of client contacts, and relevant correspondence. Arrange for physical, mental, academic,vocational, and other evaluations to obtain information for assessing clients’ needs and developing rehabilitation plans. Analyze information from interviews, educational and medical records, consultation with other professionals, and diagnostic evaluations to assess clients’abilities, needs, and eligibility for services. Develop rehabilitation plans that fit clients’ aptitudes, education levels, physical abilities,and career goals. Maintain close contact with clients during job training and placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.

6) Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problem as teenagers pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children

7) Medical and Public Health Social Workers

Provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psycho social support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, or AIDS. Services include advising family caregivers,providing patient education and counseling, and making necessary referrals for other social services.Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients’ medical or physical condition and to assess client needs. Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary.Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement,or education. Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life. Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.

8) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs.Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention,case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.Counsel clients in individual and group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental and physical illness, poverty,unemployment, or physical abuse. Interview clients, review records,and confer with other professionals to evaluate mental or physical condition of client or patient. Collaborate with counselors, physicians,and nurses to plan and coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs. Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals. Refer patient, client,or family to community resources for housing or treatment to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness, following through to ensure service efficacy. Counsel and aid family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.

9) Health Educators

Maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors.Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning,implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May also serve as are source to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.Document activities, recording information such as the numbers of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted. Develop and present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations. Develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with agencies and organizations interested in public health care. Prepare and distribute health education materials,including reports; bulletins; and visual aids such as films, videotapes,photographs, and posters. Develop operational plans and policies necessary to achieve health education objectives and services.

10) Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology,rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships,rehabilitation, or adult daycare.

11) Sociologist

Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

Analyze and interpret data in order to increase the understanding of human social behavior. Prepare publications and reports containing research findings. Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty,and aging. Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection,such as questionnaires or interviews. Teach sociology. Direct work ofstatistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluateresearch data. Consult with and advise individuals such as administrators,social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.

12) Compensation and Benefits Managers

Advise management on such matters as equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Direct preparation and distribution of written and verbal information to inform employees of benefits, compensation, and personnel policies. Administer, direct, and review employee benefit programs, including the integration of benefit programs following mergers and acquisitions. Plan and conduct new employee orientations to foster positive attitude toward organizational objectives. Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations. Identify and implement benefits to increase the quality of life for employees by working with brokers and researching benefits issues. Design, evaluate, and modify benefits policies to ensure that programs are current, competitive, and in compliance with legal requirements.

13) First-Line Supervisors/ Managers of Correctional Officers

Develop work and security procedures. Set upemployee work schedules. Resolve problems between inmates. Read and review offender information to identify issues that require special attention. Rate behavior of inmates, promoting acceptable attitudesand behaviors to those with low ratings.Transfer and transportoffenders on foot or by driving vehicles such as trailers, vans, andbuses. Examine incoming and outgoing mail to ensure conformance with regulations. Convey correctional officers’ and inmates’ complaints to superiors.