Blue cartoon people sitting in the rain opening an umbrella and a sign saying I'm here for you 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, humanitarian aide organizations or volunteer on telephone hotlines.

As A Crisis Counselor You Might...

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

Flaticon Icon Assess suicide, homicide or self-harm risk.

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Every day is different when you're a crisis counselor.

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 without freaking out.

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has good interpersonal communication skills.

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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 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?

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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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