|Term||Mental Health Counselors|
|Definition||Individuals who provide evaluations, referrals and short-term counseling services to help people prevent or remediate personal problems, conflicts and emotional crises. They help people deal with any of a wide variety of issues including addictions and substance abuse, suicidal impulses, stress management, problems with self-esteem, issues associated with aging, job and career concerns, educational decisions, issues related to mental and emotional health, and family, parenting and marital problems. They work closely with other mental health specialists including psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses and school counselors.|
Licensed Professional Counselors
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|Bibliographic References||Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, Counselors, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm (visited May 06, 2004).
Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, May, 2002, NCES 2002-165.
“Licensed Professional Counselors: About the Profession”, Texas Department of Health, http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_scope.shtm NOTE: Now titled “Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors About the Profession - Scope of Practice”.