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Counsellor

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Counsellor
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€24 - 46
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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At a Glance... header image

Listens to, supports and tries to help people as they sort out their personal issues.


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Counsellors help people to explore, understand and come to terms with their problems. They give their clients the opportunity to work through their emotions by offering them time, attention and support within a confidential and trusting environment.  
They aim to enable their clients to talk freely, to improve their self esteem, develop better relationships and discover more satisfactory ways of living.  
Some counselors work in specialised areas such as victim support, marriage guidance or bereavement.  
They may also choose to work in a specialised way for example by using cognitive behavior therapy or psychodynamic counseling.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.

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Document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.

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Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.

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Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.

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Supervise interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.

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Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.

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Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.

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Consult with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.

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Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.

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Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Sociology and Anthropology: Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Persuasion: Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must enjoy working with people and helping them to solve their problems. You must respect the client's right to make their own decisions, and avoid making judgements, giving advice or imposing solutions.  
 
The ability to use tact and treat your client's problems in strict confidence is essential to counselling. Some clients experience positive changes after a short time, but others need counselling over a longer period, so you will need patience, tolerance and determination.  
 
You will need excellent communication skills, to listen carefully and to ask the right questions to guide the client towards decisions. Maturity, self awareness and an openness to self-development are also key factors in this profession.  
 
Clients may reveal intense emotions, and discuss painful aspects of their past or present experiences. You must be comfortable with this, and not become burdened by the problems you encounter.


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Go..Counsellor - from: N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
Address: 21 Dublin Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Tel: (01) 272 3427
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Organisation: Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
Address: 21 Dublin Rd, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Tel: (01) 272 3427
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Organisation: National Counselling Institute of Ireland (NCII)
Address: Walton House, Lonsdale Road, Plassey Park, Castletroy, Limerick
Tel: 061 216288
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