Career and Job Search Guide

Child Counselor

Millions of children throughout the United States need help coping with serious behavioral or psychological problems. Children who do not receive help can develop more serious problems when they become adults. Families raising children with emotional problems also experience severe stress. Child counselors work closely with children and families to correct behavioral and emotional problems.

Although many emotional problems children struggle seem normal or undeserving of attention, emotional problems that are not dealt with become more severe during adulthood. Children who feel ignored by their parents can suppress their depression or exhibit destructive behaviors. Troubled children working with counselors can learn to cope with their problems before life-long behavioral problems develop.

A variety of treatment options are available for child counselors to utilize, including psychotherapy. Before counselors can administer treatments, they must properly determine what specifically a child is struggling with. Likewise, child counselors must take into consideration a variety of factors before making diagnoses. Counselors who are able to work with children with emotional or behavioral problems as early as possible can prevent minor problems from becoming more serious later in life.

Behavioral problems that do not receive appropriate attention can morph into serious more serious issues hampering the ability to develop relationships. It is also not uncommon for children who do not receive treatment to struggle with severe depression and anxiety. To cope, they frequently turn to drugs and alcohol.

Effective child counselors have the ability to understand a child's concerns while having the necessary expertise to recommend treatments best suiting the child. They are also able to explain to parents their child's condition and ideas to help the child. Even as a child is receiving counseling, he or she may develop more serious problems, so effective child counselors must be able to adapt in order to assist the child.