Caseworkers and Counselors


Caseworkers and Counselors

Just like some civilians, some military personnel need assistance with various problems or concerns, including career decisions, family issues, substance abuse, or emotional problems.

Caseworkers and Counselors Just like some civilians, some military personnel need assistance with various problems or concerns, including career decisions, family issues, substance abuse, or emotional problems.

Caseworkers and counselors work with military personnel and their families to help them with their particular concerns. They may specialize by the type of counseling that they do, such as career guidance or alcohol and drug abuse prevention. They normally work as part of a team that may include social workers, psychologists, medical officers, chaplains, personnel specialists, and commanders.

Job Details:

What They Do:

Caseworkers and counselors in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Interview personnel who request help or are referred by their commanders
  • Identify problems and determine the need for professional help
  • Counsel personnel and their families
  • Administer and score psychological tests
  • Help personnel evaluate and explore career opportunities
  • Teach classes on human relations
  • Keep records of counseling sessions

Physical Demands:

Caseworkers and counselors need to speak clearly and distinctly in order to teach classes and work with personnel who have problems.

Helpful Attributes:

Helpful school subjects include health, biology, psychology, sociology, social science, and speech.

Helpful attributes include:
  • Interest in working with people
  • Patience in dealing with problems that take time and effort to overcome
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others

Opportunities:

The services have about 1,000 caseworkers and counselors. Each year, they need new caseworkers and counselors due to changes in personnel and the demands of the field. After job training, they work under close supervision. With experience, they work more independently and may supervise other caseworkers.