Crisis counselors are in demand. The shortage of mental health professionals is expected to continue over the next few years.
What Is A Crisis Counselor?
Crisis counselors help people cope with stressful situations and their emotional responses to them.
Crisis counselors work in hospitals, mental health centers, humanitarian aide organizations or volunteer on telephone hotlines.
As A Crisis Counselor You Might...
Provide support right after a traumatic situation and coordinate referrals to other social service agencies.
Assess suicide, homicide or self-harm risk.
Teach coping skills and run community trainings.
Write reports and maintain client files.
Every day is different when you're a crisis counselor.
A Good Crisis Counselor ...
is a skilled problem-solver.
is able to handle other people's distress without freaking out.
has good interpersonal communication skills.
is flexible and patient.
is self-aware and a positive thinker.
You might want to be a crisis counselor if:
How Do I Become A Crisis Counselor?
You can be a volunteer crisis counselor if you are at least 18 years old. No degree is required.
You will need at least a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work or education in order to work in the field of crisis intervention.
If you want to work with individuals, you will need to get a master's degree in social work, counseling or behavioral health from an accredited social work or counseling program.
How Much Will I Earn?
Crisis counselors in Canada earn $48,692/year on average.
Crisis counselors in the US earn $40,902/year on average.
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