Professionals in the field work in a variety of settings including therapeutic communities, rehabilitation centers, inpatient facilities, residential programs, outpatient clinics, mental health centers, detox units and other organizations focusing on addictions treatment, education or prevention. They may organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of emotional support or crisis intervention or they may monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors. The amount of responsibility and supervision they are given varies a great deal as do actual job duties.
Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.