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Working As A Crisis Counselor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $39,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Crisis Counselor Do

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Duties

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, or problem behavior and assess their readiness for treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, also called addiction counselors, work with clients individually and in group sessions. Many incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to guide their practice. They teach clients how to cope with stress and life’s problems in ways that help them recover. Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.

Some addiction counselors work in facilities that employ many types of healthcare and mental health professionals. Addiction counselors may work with psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, and registered nurses to develop treatment plans and coordinate care for patients.

Some counselors work with clients who have been ordered by a judge to receive treatment for addiction. Others work with specific populations, such as teenagers, veterans, or people with disabilities. Some specialize in crisis intervention; these counselors step in when someone is endangering his or her own life or the lives of others. Other counselors specialize in noncrisis interventions, which encourage a person with addictions or other issues to get help. Noncrisis interventions often are performed at the request of friends and family.

Some substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in private practice, where they work alone or with a group of counselors or other professionals. These counselors manage their practice as a business. This includes working with clients and insurance companies to receive payment for their services. In addition, they market their practice to bring in new clients.

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How To Become A Crisis Counselor

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree. Workers with more education are able to provide more services to their clients, such as private one-on-one counseling sessions, and they require less supervision than those with less education. Those interested should research their state’s educational requirements.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in private practice must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-issued exam and complete continuing education every year. Contact information for your state's regulating board can be found through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The licensure or certification criteria for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, not all states require a specific degree, but many require applicants to pass an exam. Contact information for your state’s licensing board can be found through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients or other professionals and must be able to develop and nurture good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. They need to give their full attention to a client to be able to understand that client’s problems and values.

Patience. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to remain calm when working with all types of clients, including those who may be distressed or angry.

Speaking skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that their clients easily understand.

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Crisis Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

76.2%

Male

21.8%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

80.4%

Hispanic or Latino

9.8%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.0%

French

8.4%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Mandarin

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Japanese

1.7%

Samoan

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Korean

1.1%

Carrier

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Navajo

0.6%
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Crisis Counselor Education

Schools

Liberty University

10.8%

Capella University

10.3%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

Walden University

6.7%

Fordham University

6.0%

Florida State University

5.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.5%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.5%

Howard University

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.1%

New York University

3.9%

Michigan State University

3.9%

University of Louisville

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Old Dominion University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

East Carolina University

3.2%

San Francisco State University

3.2%

Webster University

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%
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Majors

Social Work

20.4%

Psychology

19.4%

Counseling Psychology

9.4%

School Counseling

9.1%

Mental Health Counseling

8.8%

Clinical Psychology

4.9%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Human Services

3.3%

Business

3.1%

Sociology

3.1%

Education

2.5%

Family Therapy

2.3%

Nursing

2.1%

Rehabilitation Science

1.4%

English

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.0%

Human Development

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Human Resources Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

50.1%

Bachelors

29.1%

Other

9.6%

Doctorate

4.6%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.4%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Crisis Counselor

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Top Crisis Counselor Skills

  1. Mental Health Crisis
  2. Crisis Intervention Services
  3. Suicide Prevention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide crisis intervention for Child Protection, Common Entry Point and Mental Health crisis programs outside of regular hours.
  • Provided counseling and crisis intervention services to individual and family homeless clients.
  • Served as a member of the Speaker's Bureau facilitating presentations about suicide prevention.
  • Worked closely with police, emergency rooms, and mental health providers.
  • Completed state mandated 40-hour training prior to working on the crisis hotline.

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