They usually have a masters degree in social work, though sometimes they may have a doctorate.
Theyve typically accrued at least 2000-3000 hours of supervised experience, or have at least 2-3 years of counseling experience, depending upon licensure requirements for their state, plus whatever experience theyve obtained since licensure.
What They Can Provide :
They come from a social work perspective, which takes into account sociology, community resources, cultural issues .They can provide psychotherapy, group counseling, marital or couples counseling. They can address deeper emotional issues and relationship dynamics that may underlie the stress youre experiencing and help you better understand, process and resolve these issues. Some will also provide you with some of the same resources a coach would.
What They Cant Provide:
They cant prescribe medications.
How They Compare To Other Professionals:
They provide help with more in-depth emotional, psychological and relationship issues than would a life coach. They have more experience than an intern, and generally cost more, but are still less expensive than psychologists or psychiatrists.