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Job Description of a Child Counselor

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As children are going through their adolescent years, they may experience many emotional changes. A counselor who specializes in treating children may be an alternative solution. Youth counselors work with a variety of ages and can help children learn to deal with their emotions properly. Youth counselors can work in schools, hospitals or even group homes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, counseling careers are expected to increase by 18 percent from 2010 to 2018. This is a great career for someone who loves working with children.


Youth counselors provide counseling services to help dysfunctional youth. Their goal is to assist the child in becoming a productive adult. Their sessions may include providing private counseling or even assisting their client with homework. They may also provide anger management workshops to the youth who is troubled, and many of the youth counselor’s clients may be substance abusers. Counselors may be expected to work long hours, which may include weekends if working in a hospital setting.


A youth counselor’s main focus is the child who is being treated, but they may also provide emotional support to the child’s parents. They may conduct counseling sessions at the client’s home, or they may meet in a private office. Many youth counselors are available at schools to provide counseling for students. In addition, they may also work at hospitals and mental health clinics.


A youth counselor should be patient and caring because most of his clients are troubled youth. He should also have good communication skills. In addition, he should have a positive attitude and the ability to encourage his client.


Many employers expect their counselor to have a master’s degree. Many colleges offer counselor programs that allow individuals to obtain a degree in psychology or human services. College courses will include human development, substance abuse and family therapy. Certifications are available and differ by state. Some employers may require potential counselors to hold a certification by the National Board for Certified Counselors.


BLS reported that the median wage of educational and school counselors in May 2008 was $51, 050. The median wage of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in May 2008 was $37,030.


Nichelle Coleman began writing professionally in 2005 and has contributed to professional sites, including and LIVESTRONG. With a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a master's in technical communication, she helps software companies create training documentation. She specializes in technical, educational and business topics.

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