Prepare for careers serving the public as a social worker, substance abuse counselor, or health coordinator.
Social workers help clients handle everyday life problems. They often assist clients who have issues caused by neglect, abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and parental substance abuse. They may also help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment, efer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client’s well-being, and respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies.
Substance abuse counselors work with people who are recovering from alcohol or drug addictions. They may work with clients who voluntarily seek recovery or who have received court orders to address their addictions. In general, counselors diagnose substance abuse problems and work with clients to create treatment plans. Clients and counselors collaborate to identify positive coping mechanisms and healthy behaviors that can replace substance abuse.
Community health workers assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They also conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote individual and community health and provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. They may also collect data to help identify community health needs.