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MENTAL HEALTH TRAINEE: Once You See The Changes In People's Lives, It's So Worth It

About this video 

Samantha shares her story about working as a mental health trainee, and provides advice for people interested in getting into the mental health field. She talks mainly about what she does in her job helping young people at-risk who live in underserved communities, and also shares what she's learned in her job between helping youth and also making a difference in the community.

Degree: Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions
Job Title: Mental Health Trainee

Job Summary: Mental Health Counselors

Job Description

Mental Health Counselors counsel with emphasis on prevention, and work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. They may help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

On-the-Job Training


Additional Info

Mental Health Counselors must be licensed. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2 years of supervised clinical experience. They must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $65,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Patience, Problem solving skills

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<span m='11330'>I</span> <span m='11890'>went</span> <span m='12150'>to</span> <span m='12510'>UC</span> <span m='12790'>Santa</span> <span m='13010'>Barbara,</span> <span m='13470'>and</span> <span m='13610'>then</span> <span m='13800'>I</span> <span m='13830'>went to</span> <span m='14030'>Argosy</span> <span m='14340'>University,</span> <span m='15140'>and</span> <span m='15270'>I'm</span> <span m='15370'>working</span> <span m='15630'>towards</span> <span m='15930'>my</span> <span m='16129'>marriage</span> <span m='16480'>and</span> <span m='16570'>family</span> <span m='16870'>therapy</span> <span m='17250'>licensure.</span> <span m='18850'>So</span> <span m='19150'>I</span> <span m='19430'>moved</span> <span m='19680'>up</span> <span m='19840'>here</span> <span m='20390'>from</span> <span m='20630'>Los</span> <span m='20850'>Angeles</span> <span m='21500'>about</span> <span m='21820'>a</span> <span m='21950'>year</span> <span m='22190'>ago,</span> <span m='22590'>and</span> <span m='23160'>got</span> <span m='23300'>a</span> <span m='23370'>job</span> <span m='23590'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='24060'>I</span> <span m='24200'>didn't</span> <span m='24530'>know</span> <span m='26830'>how</span> <span m='27050'>effective</span> <span m='28130'>therapy</span> <span m='28570'>is</span> <span m='28940'>in</span> <span m='29090'>groups</span> <span m='29380'>with</span> <span m='29480'>children</span> <span m='30080'>in</span> <span m='30470'>underserved</span> <span m='30900'>areas.</span> <span m='32180'>I</span> <span m='32290'>didn't</span> <span m='32640'>know</span> <span m='34460'>the</span> <span m='34550'>different,</span> <span m='34980'>like,</span> <span m='35180'>pathways</span> <span m='35920'>that</span> <span m='36160'>this</span> <span m='36330'>job</span> <span m='36580'>opens</span> <span m='36900'>up,</span> <span m='37290'>or</span> <span m='37490'>different</span> <span m='37800'>ways</span> <span m='38000'>you</span> <span m='38090'>can</span> <span m='38210'>help</span> <span m='38390'>your</span> <span m='38520'>own</span> <span m='38620'>community.</span> <span m='39910'>And</span> <span m='40050'>there's</span> <span m='40210'>so</span> <span m='40340'>many</span> <span m='40540'>different,</span> <span m='40980'>like,</span> <span m='41240'>sources</span> <span m='41640'>out</span> <span m='41790'>there</span> <span m='41960'>for</span> <span m='42100'>parents</span> <span m='42640'>and</span> <span m='42780'>for</span> <span m='42920'>kids,</span> <span m='43390'>and,</span> <span m='44400'>you</span> <span m='44550'>know,</span> <span m='45786'>just</span> <span m='46220'>caregivers</span> <span m='46700'>in</span> <span m='46800'>general.</span> <span m='47260'>Like,</span> <span m='47710'>foster</span> <span m='48030'>parents,</span> <span m='48350'>even.</span> </p><p><span m='48810'>There's</span> <span m='48990'>so</span> <span m='49150'>many</span> <span m='49350'>resources</span> <span m='49830'>out</span> <span m='50010'>there</span> <span m='50190'>that</span> <span m='50450'>I had no</span> <span m='50610'>idea</span> <span m='50920'>were</span> <span m='51030'>even</span> <span m='51200'>available</span> <span m='51640'>to</span> <span m='51730'>anybody</span> <span m='52200'>until</span> <span m='52550'>I</span> <span m='52690'>started</span> <span m='52900'>working</span> <span m='53130'>here.</span> <span m='53330'>I'd</span> <span m='53550'>say</span> <span m='53670'>do</span> <span m='53830'>it.</span> <span m='54170'>Honestly,</span> <span m='54320'>it's</span> <span m='54600'>the</span> <span m='54690'>best</span> <span m='54920'>way</span> <span m='55020'>to</span> <span m='55100'>give</span> <span m='55250'>back</span> <span m='55450'>to your</span> <span m='55620'>community,</span> <span m='56430'>and</span> <span m='57830'>it's</span> <span m='58280'>hard</span> <span m='58740'>to</span> <span m='58840'>get</span> <span m='58980'>into,</span> <span m='59590'>but</span> <span m='59890'>once</span> <span m='60190'>you</span> <span m='60270'>get</span> <span m='60460'>in</span> <span m='60640'>and</span> <span m='60700'>once</span> <span m='60790'>you</span> <span m='60920'>get</span> <span m='61090'>going,</span> <span m='61430'>and you</span> <span m='61510'>actually</span> <span m='61880'>see</span> <span m='62100'>the</span> <span m='62270'>changes</span> <span m='62630'>that</span> <span m='62740'>you're</span> <span m='62850'>making</span> <span m='63140'>in</span> <span m='63220'>people's</span> <span m='63560'>lives,</span> <span m='63980'>it's</span> <span m='64290'>so</span> <span m='64569'>worth</span> <span m='64830'>it,</span> <span m='65110'>and</span> <span m='65600'>it</span> <span m='65850'>just</span> <span m='66180'>kind</span> <span m='66320'>of</span> <span m='66410'>propels</span> <span m='66450'>you</span> <span m='66790'>to</span> <span m='66860'>keep</span> <span m='67030'>going.</span> 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