Segments in this Video

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:35)


Katie Hackney provides group, individual, and family therapy for patients with substance abuse issues.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Career Beginnings (01:19)

Hackney believes it is her destiny to help others. Her history with an eating disorder and hospitalization gives her perspective.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Keys for Success (01:27)

Hackney lists qualities that a substance abuse counselor should have including: compassion, strong-will, and organization skills.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Education and Certification Requirements (01:08)

A substance abuse counselor needs a bachelor's degree in a health-related field and must be educated in patient safety.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Workplace Atmosphere (01:03)

Hackney works long hours, visiting clients on different shifts, to support her staff and fully evaluate patients.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Advice for Aspiring Pros (00:35)

Hackney strongly advises volunteering to determine if you like the work and to gain experience.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: A Day on the Job (00:51)

Hackney discusses the unpredictability of management. In her position as a therapist, she checks on patients throughout the day and touches base with staff.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Industry Goals and Services (00:57)

Counselors aim to deliver quality care services while meeting the individualized needs of their patients.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Industry Challenges (00:54)

The stigma of mental health and access to care are challenges faced by this field.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: Looking at the Future (01:11)

Hackney hopes the stigma associated with mental health will decline and more people will seek help. In that case, the need for counselors will grow.

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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What is it like to be an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor? In this Career Q&A video interview, Katie Hackney talks about her career path, what she does on the job, and the keys to success as a substance abuse counselor. She also offers candid advice on breaking into the profession as well as insight into the industry’s biggest challenges and how the field may change in the next ten years.

Length: 11 minutes

Item#: BVL166151

ISBN: 978-1-64481-293-8

Copyright date: ©2018

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