PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and the only professional that specializes in mental health care and can prescribe medications. (Family doctors often prescribe medications for mental health concerns, but do not have specialized training or background in treatment mental disorders.) Most psychiatrists focus on prescribing the appropriate medication that’s going to work best for that individual and their concerns; a few also do psychotherapy.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) are master’s-degreed mental health service providers, trained to work with individuals, families, and groups intreating mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and disorders. The practice of professional counseling includes, but is not limited to, the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, including addictive disorders; psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of such disorders; consultation to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations; and research into more effective therapeutic treatment modalities.
Licensed Social Worker
Licensed Social Workers (LSW) are a master’s-degreed (MSW) specially trained Social Worker who has met requirements for licensure in order to help clients with mental health issues. The Licensed Social Worker brings a special “Social Work” frame to the realm of mental health healing. While the Licensed Social Worker is trained to work with all types of clients, many Licensed Social Workers have chosen to specialize in working with a sub-set of the population, such as: Children, Adolescents, Couples, Groups and adults with specific mental issues such as addiction.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Licensed by the state, this designation requires a national certification and hundreds of hours in substance abuse/dependence education, in order to meet global competency standards. The CADC is responsible for providing confidential addiction counseling, education, and support to individuals, families, groups, and community promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy choices.