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  • Counselor-In-Training
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
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Exam Components: 
Non-Competitive Registration
Annual Salary Range:
$31,468.00 – $49,948.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,311.00 – $2,082.00
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This is training-level professional counseling work of a therapeutic nature performed under the direct supervision and instruction of a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist.

Job Duties

Performs a variety of professionally supervised tasks including assessment, admission, client counseling, prognosis, placement, treatment, and/or discharge planning functions.

Interviews clients; administers, scores, and interprets standardized assessment instruments designed to assess individual or group aptitudes, intelligence, attitudes, abilities, achievement, interests, and personal characteristics.

Interprets tests and interview results; furnishes information to appropriate staff as an aid in admission, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and/or discharge planning functions.

Provides assistance to technical staff regarding the testing of clients.

Confers with Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, educators, and other staff members on individual case problems.

Participates in the development, implementation, and modification of programs to promote client acquisition of perceptual, sensorimotor, self-help, communication, social, self-directive, emotional stability, time management, and money handling skills.

Participates in developing, implementing, and monitoring behavior modification programs; responds to questions from direct care staff concerning problem areas.

Participates in individual and group therapy sessions in the treatment of clients; assists in utilization of counseling methods.

Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss client-service plans, client progress, and possible changes in the treatment programs; serves as a member of the treatment team.

Prepares progress notes, summaries, and other reports.

Compiles client behavioral information from staff, parents, guardians, family members, and other sources; participates in client behavioral assessments.

Participates in crisis intervention sessions for immediate management of severely agitated, disruptive, self-destructive, and/or aggressive clients.

Attends and participates in client program evaluation review committee meetings.

Confers with parents, guardians, outside agencies, and schools to develop and/or explain clients' habilitation/treatment goals.

Performs work under the close supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychologist, or Psychiatrist who reviews employee findings and recommendations for adequacy of investigation and soundness of interpretation.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling or Guidance and Counseling with a minimum of 48 earned graduate credit hours.


A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or a closely related field, including a minimum of 3 earned graduate credit hours in each of the following ten core areas as defined in the Missouri Code of State Regulations for licensure as a professional counselor: Counseling Theory, Human Growth and Development, Social and Cultural Diversity, Helping Relationship, Group Counseling, Career Development, Appraisal, Research Methods, Professional Orientation, and Diagnosis.

Special Requirements

At the time of appointment, possession of a letter from the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors approving the proposed supervised experience as a counselor in training.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of the biological bases of behavior such as sensation and perception.

Intermediate knowledge of the cognitive-affective bases of behavior such as learning, thinking, motivation, and emotion.

Intermediate knowledge of the social bases of behavior such as the psychology of interpersonal relationships, group processes, and organizational and systems theory.

Intermediate knowledge of counseling theories and techniques, such as behavior modification and individual or group therapy.

Intermediate knowledge of individual differences such as personality theory, human development, and abnormal psychology.

Intermediate knowledge of the scientific methods and procedures of understanding, predicting, and influencing human behavior such as statistics, experimental design, and psychometrics.

Ability to assist in conducting individual or group interventions.

Ability to administer, score, and offer preliminary interpretations of test results.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, guardians, family members, and representatives of other agencies and organizations.

Ability to prepare summaries and other reports.

Ability to communicate effectively.

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