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  1. BEHAVIORAL Health Professions Information provided by the behavioral health education center of Nebraska (bhecn) www.unmc.edu/bhecn/

  2. Why Should I choose a mental health profession? • The projected job outlook for mental health professions are above the national average. • There is a need for mental health professionals in the state of Nebraska. • There are many different Nebraska College Grants available @ http://www.collegegrants.org/nebraska-college-grants.html

  3. What Careers are available in mental health?

  4. Psychiatrist • What they do: diagnose & treat mental illnesses, prescribe medication, correct chemical imbalances, provide psychoanalysis to help clients find solutions and change behavioral patterns • Education needed: 4 years undergraduate school, 4 years medical school, and 3-8 years of internship • Pay: $200,694 (annual median for 2010) • Job Outlook: Expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020 (above average nationally) • Especially a need for psychiatrists in rural areas & child specialty • Information provided by Occupational Outlook Handbook • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

  5. psychologist • What they do: study behavior & brain function, collect information, find patterns in behavior, increase understanding in individuals or groups, develop & carry out treatment programs, and collaborate with physicians and social workers • Education needed: Masters or Doctoral degree in Psychology • Pay: $68,640 (annual median for 2010) • Job Outlook: Expected to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020 (above average nationally) • Information provided by Occupational Outlook Handbook • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

  6. Mental health counselor/marriage & family therapist • What they do: diagnose & treat mental and emotional disorders, encourage clients to discuss problems, guide clients through reactions and decisions, help clients develop strategies to change behaviors, coordinate treatment with other professionals, and refer clients to community resources and support groups • Education needed: Masters degree in counseling or marriage & family therapy • Pay: $38,159 (median annual pay for 2010) • Job Outlook: Expected to grow 37% from 2010 to 2020 (Above average nationally) • Information provided by Occupational Outlook Handbook • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

  7. Social worker • What they do: identify people who need services, assess clients needs to determine goals, develop plans, help clients adjust to changes, refer clients to community resources, respond to crisis situations, advocate for their clients, follow up with clients to ensure the situation has improved, and evaluate services provided to ensure they were effective • Education needed: Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology or sociology • Pay: $42,480 (median annual pay for 2010) • Job Outlook: Expected to grow by 25% from 2010 to 2020 (above average nationally) • Information provided by Occupational Outlook Handbook • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

  8. Psychiatric nurse practitioner • What they do: provide primary and specialty care to clients, prescribe medications, assess and treat clients, collaborate with physicians and other team members • Education needed: Masters or Doctoral Nursing Program • Pay: $92,396 (Average Full Time Salary for 2011) • Job Outlook: Above average nationally • Especially need in rural areas to help prescribe & monitor medication management • Nurse Practitioner and Salary and Career Center (http://www.nursepractitionersalary.com/nurse-practitioner-salary-psychiatric/) • National Salary Report (http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/National-Salary-Report-2011.aspx)

  9. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor • What they do: evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, and openness to treatment, develop treatment goals, recommend treatment options, help clients develop skills to recover from addiction, teach families about addiction or behavior disorders, refer clients to community resources, develop and conduct outreach programs • Education needed: Masters degree • Pay: $38,120 (median annual pay for 2010) • Job Outlook: Expected to grow by 27% from 2010 to 2020 (above average nationally) • Information provided by Occupational Outlook Handbook • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm

  10. What schools in Nebraska offer psychology degrees • Bellevue University @ Bellevue (www.bellevue.edu/) • Chadron State College @ Chadron (www.csc.edu/) • College of Saint Mary @ Omaha (www.csm.edu/) • Concordia University @ Seward (www.cune.edu/) • Creighton University @ Omaha (www.creighton.edu/) • Doane College @ Crete (www.doane.edu/) • Grace University @ Omaha (www.graceuniversity.edu/) • Hastings College @ Hastings (www.hastings.edu/)

  11. Schools continued… • Kaplan University @ Lincoln & Omaha (www.kaplan.edu/) • Midland Lutheran College @ Fremont (www.midlandu.edu/) • Nebraska Wesleyan University @ Lincoln (www.nebrwesleyan.edu/) • Northeast Community College @ Norfolk (www.northeast.edu/) • Peru State College @ Peru (www.peru.edu/) • Union College @ Lincoln (www.ucollege.edu/)

  12. Schools continued… • University of Nebraska @ Omaha (www.unomaha.edu/) • University of Nebraska @ Lincoln (www.unl.edu/) • University of Nebraska @ Kearney (www.unk.edu/) • Wayne State College @ Wayne (www.wsc.edu/) • Western Nebraska Community College @ Scottsbluff (www.wncc.net/) • York College @ York (www.york.edu/)

  13. What schools in Nebraska offer social work degrees? • Chadron State College @ Chadron (www.csc.edu/) • Creighton University @ Omaha (www.creighton.edu/) • Nebraska Wesleyan University @ Lincoln (www.nebrwesleyan.edu/) • Union College @ Lincoln (www.ucollege.edu/) • University of Nebraska @ Kearney (www.unk.edu/) • University of Nebraska @ Omaha (www.unomaha.edu/)

  14. What schools in Nebraska offer nurse practitioner programs? • Clarkson College @ Omaha (www.clarksoncollege.edu/) • Creighton Health Sciences @ Omaha (www.creighton.edu/) • University of Nebraska Medical Center @ Omaha, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, & Scottsbluff (www.unmc.edu/)

  15. Information brought to you by:the behavioral health education center of Nebraska (bhecn)www.unmc.edu/bhecn/ April, 2012