× We offer our visitors 5 free video views. Download the free iOS app here for access to thousands of videos. Schools may contact us for full platform access.
Tourist 7db6c608479f4484f5f880a9ce95407c
Tags:

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: Making The World A Better Place

About this video 

Jessica is a Program Director for a suicide prevention organization. Everyone she works with is very passionate about their work and helping a underfunded industry. She goes into detail about the key decisions she made in her career, her work life balance and the difficulty of getting a job in her industry.

School: University of Northern Colorado
Degree: Women's Studies - English - Cultural Studies - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Job Title: Senior Program Director
Employer: Carson J Spencer

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
Confirm
$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

PathSource provides free English transcriptions for each of our informational interviews on video which will appear here after you have signed in. Our advanced transcriptions are highly interactive. They scroll down automatically as the video plays and users can jump to a specific part of the video by clicking on any word in the transcript.

For a small fee, we offer transcriptions in different languages, making PathSource a great tool for English Language Learners. This feature is currently available for customers in the education field only.

Please contact us at support@pathsoruce.com if you have any questions or would like to get a price quote for advanced transcripts offered in a second language.

P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='100'>I</span> <span m='370'>love</span> <span m='880'>that</span> <span m='1000'>I</span> <span m='1120'>get</span> <span m='1410'>to</span> <span m='2910'>work</span> <span m='3360'>with</span> <span m='4540'>people</span> <span m='4890'>to</span> <span m='5030'>empower</span> <span m='5450'>them</span> <span m='5690'>to</span> <span m='5970'>feel</span> <span m='6280'>safe</span> <span m='6610'>and</span> <span m='6720'>healthy.</span> <span m='8050'>I</span> <span m='8150'>love</span> <span m='8630'>that</span> <span m='10170'>I have</span> <span m='10470'>co-workers</span> <span m='11160'>who</span> <span m='11250'>are</span> <span m='11370'>incredibly</span> <span m='12010'>passionate</span> <span m='12630'>and</span> <span m='12760'>work</span> <span m='12980'>incredibly</span> <span m='13530'>hard</span> <span m='14550'>to</span> <span m='14680'>make</span> <span m='14870'>the</span> <span m='14960'>world</span> <span m='15210'>a</span> <span m='15240'>better</span> <span m='15480'>place.</span> <span m='17190'>I</span> <span m='17290'>work</span> <span m='17500'>in</span> <span m='17600'>a</span> <span m='17700'>field</span> <span m='18020'>that's</span> <span m='18210'>pretty</span> <span m='18550'>underfunded,</span> <span m='19390'>and</span> <span m='19520'>we</span> <span m='19630'>have</span> <span m='19810'>to</span> <span m='19920'>work</span> <span m='20680'>really,</span> <span m='21150'>really</span> <span m='21320'>hard</span> <span m='21750'>to</span> <span m='21890'>get</span> <span m='22090'>the</span> <span m='22200'>resources</span> <span m='22760'>that</span> <span m='22880'>we</span> <span m='23000'>need</span> <span m='23330'>to</span> <span m='23470'>do</span> <span m='23650'>what</span> <span m='23800'>we</span> <span m='23920'>want.</span> <span m='24310'>And</span> <span m='24650'>so</span> <span m='24860'>that</span> <span m='25060'>can</span> <span m='25180'>be</span> <span m='25310'>really</span> <span m='25540'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='27010'>And</span> <span m='27120'>we</span> <span m='27250'>also</span> <span m='27510'>work</span> <span m='27820'>in</span> <span m='28050'>the</span> <span m='28510'>innovative</span> <span m='29080'>space</span> <span m='29540'>in</span> <span m='29700'>suicide</span> <span m='30180'>prevention,</span> <span m='30730'>so</span> <span m='31360'>sometimes</span> <span m='31700'>people</span> <span m='31980'>don't</span> <span m='32180'>understand</span> <span m='32680'>what</span> <span m='32850'>we</span> <span m='32990'>do.</span> <span m='33450'>And</span> <span m='34020'>it</span> <span m='34120'>can</span> <span m='34280'>be</span> <span m='34400'>frustrating</span> <span m='35150'>to</span> <span m='36660'>do</span> <span m='36830'>all</span> <span m='36940'>this</span> <span m='37130'>really</span> <span m='37330'>great</span> <span m='37550'>work</span> <span m='37800'>and</span> <span m='37940'>then</span> <span m='38030'>have</span> <span m='38230'>people</span> <span m='38540'>not</span> <span m='39310'>quite</span> <span m='39530'>understand</span> <span m='40040'>what</span> <span m='40170'>it</span> <span m='40280'>means.</span> </p><p><span m='41280'>I</span> <span m='41730'>made</span> <span m='42180'>a</span> <span m='42600'>decision</span> <span m='43220'>to</span> <span m='43820'>shift</span> <span m='44120'>from</span> <span m='44330'>working</span> <span m='44780'>with</span> <span m='44990'>youth</span> <span m='45670'>to</span> <span m='45820'>working</span> <span m='46120'>with</span> <span m='46300'>youth</span> <span m='46530'>and</span> <span m='46770'>adults,</span> <span m='48110'>and</span> <span m='49280'>it</span> <span m='49510'>really</span> <span m='49840'>changed</span> <span m='50370'>the</span> <span m='50650'>scope</span> <span m='51020'>of</span> <span m='51140'>what</span> <span m='51270'>I</span> <span m='51360'>was</span> <span m='51540'>able</span> <span m='51820'>to</span> <span m='51960'>do</span> <span m='52350'>and</span> <span m='52930'>allowed</span> <span m='53200'>me</span> <span m='53320'>to</span> <span m='53400'>move</span> <span m='53660'>up</span> <span m='53820'>in</span> <span m='53940'>my</span> <span m='54070'>organization.</span> <span m='55100'>So</span> <span m='55380'>I</span> <span m='55660'>had</span> <span m='55800'>had</span> <span m='56410'>a</span> <span m='56720'>more</span> <span m='57030'>narrow</span> <span m='57530'>vision</span> <span m='58010'>of</span> <span m='58120'>what</span> <span m='58260'>I</span> <span m='58350'>thought</span> <span m='58610'>I</span> <span m='58700'>wanted</span> <span m='59050'>to</span> <span m='59140'>do,</span> <span m='60390'>and</span> <span m='60510'>then</span> <span m='60650'>I</span> <span m='60720'>realized</span> <span m='61250'>that</span> <span m='62500'>even</span> <span m='62760'>though</span> <span m='62920'>working</span> <span m='63280'>with</span> <span m='63460'>young</span> <span m='63710'>people</span> <span m='64239'>helps</span> <span m='64459'>to</span> <span m='64580'>empower</span> <span m='64970'>people</span> <span m='65590'>long</span> <span m='65890'>term</span> <span m='66140'>for</span> <span m='66270'>the</span> <span m='66410'>future,</span> <span m='67580'>working</span> <span m='67920'>with</span> <span m='68090'>adults</span> <span m='68440'>who</span> <span m='68510'>need</span> <span m='68690'>help</span> <span m='68900'>right</span> <span m='69110'>now</span> <span m='69350'>is</span> <span m='69570'>also</span> <span m='69860'>really</span> <span m='70100'>important.</span> <span m='70570'>So</span> <span m='71620'>it</span> <span m='71990'>really</span> <span m='72250'>changed</span> <span m='72550'>the</span> <span m='72680'>scope,</span> <span m='72980'>and</span> <span m='73090'>then</span> <span m='73200'>I</span> <span m='73270'>was</span> <span m='73430'>able</span> <span m='73690'>to</span> <span m='73750'>move</span> <span m='73970'>from</span> <span m='74690'>being</span> <span m='74940'>a</span> <span m='75200'>program</span> <span m='75590'>director</span> <span m='75980'>for</span> <span m='76190'>a</span> <span m='76260'>single</span> <span m='76610'>program</span> <span m='77070'>that</span> <span m='77180'>we</span> <span m='77300'>worked</span> <span m='77570'>on</span> <span m='78250'>to</span> <span m='78840'>being</span> <span m='79060'>a</span> <span m='79100'>director</span> <span m='79470'>of</span> <span m='79570'>all</span> <span m='79720'>of</span> <span m='79800'>our</span> <span m='79930'>programs</span> <span m='80600'>and</span> <span m='80720'>being</span> <span m='80980'>on</span> <span m='81090'>our</span> <span m='81570'>management</span> <span m='82130'>and</span> <span m='82210'>leadership</span> <span m='82740'>team.</span> </p><p><span m='83690'>It</span> <span m='83950'>is.</span> <span m='84790'>So</span> <span m='85240'>it</span> <span m='85380'>depends</span> <span m='85680'>on</span> <span m='85760'>the</span> <span m='85840'>kind</span> <span m='86050'>of</span> <span m='86120'>job</span> <span m='86470'>in</span> <span m='86570'>my</span> <span m='86690'>industry</span> <span m='87140'>that</span> <span m='87260'>you</span> <span m='87350'>want</span> <span m='87460'>to</span> <span m='87510'>get,</span> <span m='87700'>but</span> <span m='87800'>it</span> <span m='87920'>can</span> <span m='88060'>be</span> <span m='88200'>pretty</span> <span m='88480'>difficult.</span> <span m='90070'>So</span> <span m='90210'>there</span> <span m='90520'>are</span> <span m='91610'>a</span> <span m='91700'>lot</span> <span m='91940'>of</span> <span m='92050'>people</span> <span m='92400'>who</span> <span m='92500'>are</span> <span m='92630'>getting</span> <span m='92880'>licensed</span> <span m='93470'>as</span> <span m='93650'>counselors,</span> <span m='94310'>and</span> <span m='94440'>so</span> <span m='94570'>finding</span> <span m='94900'>a</span> <span m='94960'>place</span> <span m='95260'>where</span> <span m='95380'>you</span> <span m='95480'>might</span> <span m='95700'>fit</span> <span m='95840'>in</span> <span m='96150'>suicide</span> <span m='96560'>prevention</span> <span m='97120'>can</span> <span m='97290'>be</span> <span m='97400'>difficult.</span> <span m='98840'>But</span> <span m='98960'>if</span> <span m='99100'>you're</span> <span m='99280'>willing</span> <span m='99680'>to</span> <span m='100210'>look</span> <span m='100530'>at</span> <span m='100720'>other</span> <span m='100970'>options,</span> <span m='101860'>things</span> <span m='102170'>like</span> <span m='102830'>administrative</span> <span m='103560'>jobs,</span> <span m='104130'>or</span> <span m='104420'>volunteer</span> <span m='104950'>management,</span> <span m='105900'>other</span> <span m='106090'>things</span> <span m='106340'>like</span> <span m='106490'>that,</span> <span m='106750'>it's</span> <span m='106800'>actually</span> <span m='107190'>pretty</span> <span m='107490'>easy</span> <span m='107700'>to</span> <span m='107790'>break</span> <span m='108020'>into</span> <span m='108270'>the</span> <span m='108400'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='109710'>My</span> <span m='109870'>work-life</span> <span m='110390'>balance--</span> <span m='111130'>so</span> <span m='111620'>I</span> <span m='111760'>love</span> <span m='112210'>work,</span> <span m='112730'>so</span> <span m='113390'>that's</span> <span m='113600'>something</span> <span m='113860'>I</span> <span m='113900'>have</span> <span m='114070'>to</span> <span m='114190'>keep</span> <span m='114390'>in</span> <span m='114510'>mind</span> <span m='114830'>a</span> <span m='114920'>lot</span> <span m='115210'>is</span> <span m='115400'>that</span> <span m='116690'>it's</span> <span m='117080'>also</span> <span m='117450'>really</span> <span m='117720'>beneficial</span> <span m='118290'>to</span> <span m='118370'>go</span> <span m='118530'>home</span> <span m='118800'>and</span> <span m='118900'>do</span> <span m='119070'>all</span> <span m='119220'>the</span> <span m='119320'>fun</span> <span m='119570'>things</span> <span m='119810'>you</span> <span m='119940'>want</span> <span m='120050'>to</span> <span m='120110'>do</span> <span m='120260'>outside</span> <span m='120650'>of</span> <span m='120740'>the</span> <span m='120870'>office.</span> <span m='122310'>But</span> <span m='123000'>I</span> <span m='123160'>have</span> <span m='123380'>a</span> <span m='123880'>partner</span> <span m='124270'>who's</span> <span m='124480'>really</span> <span m='124710'>good</span> <span m='124850'>at</span> <span m='124920'>helping</span> <span m='125280'>me</span> <span m='125430'>with</span> <span m='125570'>that,</span> <span m='125920'>so</span> <span m='128220'>I</span> <span m='128330'>work</span> <span m='128600'>a</span> <span m='128650'>lot.</span> <span m='128919'>But</span> <span m='129039'>I</span> <span m='129180'>also</span> <span m='129620'>play</span> <span m='129830'>a</span> <span m='129910'>lot,</span> <span m='130220'>so</span> <span m='131210'>I</span> <span m='131240'>do</span> <span m='131430'>a</span> <span m='131480'>little</span> <span m='131670'>bit</span> <span m='131780'>of</span> <span m='132080'>both.</span> </p>","file":{"id":682104,"video_id":"","name":"3177-Jessica - Senior Program Director IN-DEPTH.mp4","duration":132956,"thumbnail_url":null}});

Watch more from this interviewee