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MENTAL HEALTH TRAINEE, IN-DEPTH: Helping Parents Create Better Relationships With Their Children

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Samantha goes in-depth about working as a mental health trainee. She shares why she likes her job working with children and talks about what's challenging about working with young people. Samantha shares that her key decision was figuring out what she wanted to do, and taking the steps to get there. Samantha also talks about the need for mental health workers and the lack of work-life balance in her life as a trainee, student, and full-time employee.

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

Internship/residency

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

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m='10370'>children,</span> <span m='10900'>which</span> <span m='11050'>I</span> <span m='11100'>think</span> <span m='11310'>is</span> <span m='11420'>missing</span> <span m='11840'>in a</span> <span m='11900'>lot</span> <span m='12100'>of</span> <span m='12170'>people's</span> <span m='12480'>lives</span> <span m='12720'>lately.</span> <span m='13220'>Well,</span> <span m='13480'>working</span> <span m='13780'>with</span> <span m='13930'>kids</span> <span m='14290'>and</span> <span m='14810'>teens</span> <span m='15230'>is</span> <span m='15380'>definitely</span> <span m='16290'>challenging</span> <span m='16870'>at</span> <span m='16950'>times,</span> <span m='17480'>and</span> <span m='17700'>they</span> <span m='17830'>can</span> <span m='17990'>push</span> <span m='18230'>your</span> <span m='18270'>buttons.</span> </p><p><span m='19920'>But</span> <span m='20100'>learning</span> <span m='20490'>how</span> <span m='20700'>to</span> <span m='21220'>cope</span> <span 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m='32640'>end</span> <span m='32850'>goal,</span> <span m='33430'>and</span> <span m='33640'>just</span> <span m='33900'>figuring</span> <span m='34180'>out</span> <span m='34350'>a</span> <span m='34790'>pathway to</span> <span m='34950'>that,</span> <span m='35250'>and</span> <span m='35520'>learning</span> <span m='35800'>as</span> <span m='35910'>much</span> <span m='36130'>as</span> <span m='36230'>I</span> <span m='36290'>could</span> <span m='37090'>through</span> <span m='37520'>school</span> <span m='37790'>resources,</span> <span m='38990'>through</span> <span m='40290'>word</span> <span m='40500'>of</span> <span m='40570'>mouth,</span> <span m='41040'>friends</span> <span m='41330'>of</span> <span m='41420'>friends,</span> <span m='41820'>just</span> <span m='42200'>what</span> <span m='42480'>do I</span> <span m='42550'>need</span> <span m='42700'>to</span> <span m='42770'>do</span> <span m='42960'>to</span> <span m='43070'>get</span> <span m='43290'>to</span> <span 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