CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Counseling Psychologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment. Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
 
Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
 
Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.
 
Consult with other professionals to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources, or techniques, and to share occupational information.
 
Analyze data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
 
Advise clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
 
Evaluate the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
 
Provide consulting services to schools, social service agencies, and businesses.
 
Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.
 
Select, administer, and interpret psychological tests to assess intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, or interests.
 
Conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counseling techniques.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
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.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Applied Behavior Science Specialist (ABSS)
Behavior Specialist
Behavior Therapist
Behavioral Analyst
Behavioral Specialist
Behavioral Therapist
Chemical Dependency Therapist
Child Custody Evaluator
Child Psychologist
Clinical Counselor
Clinical Psychologist
College Counselor
Counseling Psychologist
Counseling Services Director
Counselor
Elder Counselor
Family Psychologist
Group Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Marriage Counselor Psychologist
Psychologist
Psychotherapist
School Psychologist
Sexual Assault Counselor
Social Worker
Therapist
Vocational Psychologist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Counseling Psychologists
 
 
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