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LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

The Licensed Professional Counselor is responsible for assessing and evaluating problems of individuals, through the use of case history, interview, and observation, and providing

Class Code:

M020C

Job Grade:

GS08

Special Job Requirements:

None

Typical Functions:

Advises clients on the benefits of counseling programs. Analyzes data, such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals, in order to identify symptoms and diagnose the nature of client problems. Collects information on individuals or clients by using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods. Counsels individuals, groups, or families to understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans. Develops therapeutic and treatment plans based on client interests, abilities, and needs. Evaluates the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments and conducts research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counseling techniques. Selects, administers, and interprets psychological tests to assess intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, or interests. Consults with other professionals to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources, or techniques, and to share occupational information. Refers clients to specialists or to other institutions for non-counseling treatment of problems. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of interviewing and counseling methods and techniques. Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions and career counseling and guidance. Knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation. Knowledge of psychological research methods and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. Ability to interview, supervise, and counsel individuals. Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports. Ability to evaluate individual behavior and formulate treatment plans.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent to a masters degree in psychology, sociology, social work, or a related field; plus two years of experience in counseling, psychology, social work, or a related area. Must be licensed as a Professional Counselor in accordance with ACA 17-27-301. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Required Certificates:

None

Exempt:

E
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