Mental Health

A career in Mental Health enables you to assist patients with mild or severe mental hurdles. This can also include people dealing with substance abuse problems. A genuine desire to help others is a must in the mental health and treatment fields and requires an immense amount of patience and compassion. Strong communication skills are critical, as mental health professionals interact with patients, patients’ families, other health care professionals, and in some cases law enforcement professionals. Certifications supported by Health Careers NW are a great start for a new career.


Employers look for candidates with good people skills and those who have overcome similar problems in their life.


Mental Health Career Path Flow

HCNW Mental Health
  • Peer Support Specialist
  • Assists individuals with chemical dependency, mental disorder or domestic abuse and other life-affecting issues.
  • $10.58
  • Short Specialized Training - 40 hours
  • Sub Abuse Counselor  Social Worker  Mental Health Counselor

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Counsel individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders
  • $13.74
  • Less than one year training + cert, some associated degree programs
  • Social Worker  Mental Health Counselor


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