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. Job settings typically include private practices, healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes, correctional facilities, and community centers.
To become a trauma and crisis counselor, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:
Professionals in the field should consider membership with the American Counseling Association (ACA). A subdivision of the ACA focuses specifically on disaster mental health and trauma. The ACA offers many online resources as part of their traumatology network and also work closely with the American Red Cross.
A trauma and crisis counselor is typically responsible for the following job duties:
Annual salary varies within the profession based on specific type of job, location, and experience. For more on your earning potential in the field of trauma and crisis counseling, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.
The following degrees are closely related to a master’s degree program in trauma and crisis counseling, often allowing you to pursue a career in this field or others:
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