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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?

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Crisis counselors help people cope with stressful situations and their emotional responses to them.

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Crisis counselors work in hospitals, mental health centers, and humanitarian aide organizations, or they work on telephone hotlines as staff or volunteers.

Every Day is Different for a Crisis Counselor

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As a crisis counselor, you might...

  • Flaticon Icon Provide support right after a traumatic situation and coordinate referrals to other social service agencies.

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  • Assess suicide, homicide or self-harm risk.

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  • Teach coping skills and run community trainings.

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  • Write reports and maintain client files.

A Good Crisis Counselor...

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  • Is a skilled problem-solver.

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  • Is able to handle other people's distress while remaining calm.

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  • has excellent interpersonal communication skills.

  • Flaticon Icon is flexible and patient.

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  • is a self-aware and positive thinker.


You might want to be a crisis counselor if:

How Do I Become A Crisis Counselor?

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You can be a volunteer crisis counselor if you're 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 to work in the field of crisis intervention.

If you want to work with individuals, you'll 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?

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Crisis counselors in Canada earn $48,692/year on average.

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Crisis counselors in the US earn $40,902/year on average.

Take Action

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If you're thinking about becoming a crisis counselor, you might want to:


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