Mental Health Caseworkers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Mental health caseworkers assess, diagnose, and treat psychological conditions. They implement initial mental health assessment procedures including standardized psychological testing, clinical interviewing, and substance abuse evaluations. They monitor, record, and report on patient progress. Mental health caseworkers conduct and/or provide individual and group counseling, and they establish preventative measures related to patient injuries, including those sustained in combat. They supervise and support caring for individuals with acute and post-traumatic stress reactions.

Work Environment

Mental health caseworkers usually work in offices or clinics.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Mental Health Caseworkers in the Military

1,683

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Salary

Average Salary

$53,930

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 47%
  • Master's degree 38%
  • Post baccalaureate 9%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Mental health caseworkers develop skills in meeting the social and psychological needs of service members primarily through on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Training content may include: Orientation to counseling and social service programsInterviewing and counseling methodsTreatments for drug and alcohol abusePsychological testing techniquesPsychiatry, psychology, and nursing principles

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Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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