What does a Rehab Counselor do?
Rehab counselors provide counseling and support services to clients or patients who are recovering or rehabilitating from addiction, mental health issues, or physical conditions. These services may be provided on an outpatient basis or in residence while the individual is a patient or client admitted to a care facility. Counselors may provide individual or group therapy, and may share coping strategies and mental health techniques to help the individual better manage their mental health or addiction challenges. The counselor develops a recommended treatment or therapeutic plan. They also may provide crisis or emergency care.
Rehab counselors typically have a master’s degree in counseling, social work, or a related field, and a background in counseling or similar recovery support roles. They must have in-depth expertise with counseling techniques and practices. These roles generally have licensing or certification requirements.
Rehab Counselor Salaries
Average Base Pay
Rehab Counselor Insights
“They people are fun to work with and I have enjoyed the clientle that comes in.”
“Don't have to do your job duties if you can take verbal and mental abuse from either your direct supervisor and/or program manager.”
“I personally had amazing support from my supervisor and appreciated the balance of advice and freedom.”
“Nice work and life balance”
“You have a great team”
“Great team to work with”
“Good people to work with”
“Endless opportunities in career development”
Rehab Counselor Interviews
Rehab Counselor jobs
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a rehab counselor
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The most common qualifications to become a rehab counselor is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.