Community therapists work with various members of local society to help resolve problems and provide support for people who are in need of assistance. These therapists work with children, adults, families, the homeless, the elderly, and people with disabilities. He or she provides guidance and support for those who have addictions, live in abusive situations, have personal problems, and/or just need general help. Community therapists work with people on an individual basis, or they may provide group therapy sessions. Therapists will deal directly with government officials, private corporations, while serving as advocates and liaisons for members of the community. Community therapists must keep accurate records and follow up with other organizations to ensure results. He or she may also be responsible for taking personal information, performing client evaluations, and taking legal action when needed.
Community therapists are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, or sociology. Upper level therapist positions require a Master’s degree in social work. Some employers require therapists to be licensed. Previous work experience in a clinical setting is highly recommended. Individuals who speak multiple languages have a strong advantage. Computer skills, record-keeping skills, legal knowledge, networking skills, and communication skills are needed.
The typical average salary of an experienced community therapist is about $50,000 per year. Starting salaries pay an average of about $30,000 per year.