The Roles of a Counselor

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The Roles and Functions of a Clinical Mental Health Counselor

M. Smith

The Roles and Functions of a CMHC

COUN 5004: COUN5223 - Introduction to Mental Health Counseling


April 29, 2012

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Mental health counseling programs have been designed to prepare individuals to help patients with personal problems, conflicts, or emotional crises. These individuals/students learn to guide patients to improved mental health. They also learn
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Color schemes, furniture, room accessories, lighting, room temperature, confidentiality are all key factor to remember when decorating office. A counselor should take Smith 4 on the responsibility to make the room feel comfortable, “home-like”, and relaxing as possible and they might seek consultation to do so. Among their other responsibilities, counselors must maintain well-kept records of the counseling activities and client’s progress. This is a key component of working effectively with clients. Accurate documentation is benefits both the counselor and their client. Keeping accurate professional records facilitates the provision of quality services to clients and provides self protection for the counselor and ensures that state and federal guidelines are being followed. According to Gladding and Newsome, some of the other roles of counselors are: outpatient counseling services, day programs, emergency services/crisis intervention, substance abuse services, case management and outreach, education and consultation, residential programs, and inpatient services. Their responsibilities, demands, and functions may then include: client assessment and diagnosis, crisis intervention and prevention, treatment design and implementation. This will also give more experience in seeing that the counselor will be working with
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