Masters in Trauma & Crisis Counseling (MS)
Trauma and crisis counselors learn the skills and practices specific to crisis counseling, including theories of crisis intervention and models for working with children and adolescents. They help couples and families overcome health-related, school, and mental health crises, including interventions with suicidal clients and victims of abuse.
Steps Toward A Masters in Trauma and Crisis Counseling (MS)
To become a trauma and crisis counselor, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
- Earn proper undergraduate degree (requirements vary by state). Common undergraduate degrees include Bachelor of Science programs in education, psychology, or human services.
- Earn proper graduate degree (requirements vary by state). Typically includes completing a Master of Counseling with a focus in trauma and crisis counseling.
- Obtain proper licensure. Licensure requirements differ greatly by state, occupational specialty, and work setting.
- Consider certification options. Some counselors elect to be certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, which grants a general practice credential of National Certified Counselor. While voluntary and distinct from state licensing, in some states, those who pass the national exam are exempt from taking a State certification exam.
My Earning Power
The expected salary, career growth, and work environment for a trauma and crisis counselor might include:
- Median Expected Salary: $38,154, according to PayScale.com’s most recent report.
- Job Prospects: Excellent, particularly for individuals with advanced education.
- Job Setting: Private practices, healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, correctional facilities, community centers, homes.
My Degree and What It’s Worth
A trauma and crisis counselor is typically responsible for the following job duties:
- Teach people how to positively deal with grief, trauma and major life-changing incidents.
- Provide personal and vocational counseling.
- Offer case management support and guidance.
- Arrange for medical care, vocational training, job placement and other outside services.
Online Masters in Trauma and Crisis Counseling Degree Programs
- Walden University: MS in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling – Trauma and Crisis Counseling
- Walden University: MS in Psychology – Crisis Management and Response
Closely Related Programs
The following degrees are closely related to a Masters in Trauma & Crisis degree, often allowing you to pursue a career in this field or others:
- Masters in Child Psychology
- Masters in Clinical Counseling
- Masters in Clinical Psychology
- Masters in Health & Wellness Psychology
- Masters in Marriage/Family Therapy
- Masters in Mental Health Counseling
- Masters in Mental Health Psychology
Masters in Counseling Online Programs
Online programs have grown in popularity as more accredited schools have started offering distance learning programs. Today, several schools offer master's in counseling degrees with dozens of specializations to select from. Find out more about each program by clicking on the links below and contacting the school with the forms we provide.
Capella University MS: Counseling Psych.MS: Addiction CounselingMS: Career CounselingMS: Mental CounselingMore Degrees...
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