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Abuse & Crisis Counselor

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on 1 November 2012

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Working with children and adults Abuse & Crisis Counselor Job description The main job of a counsellor is to help clients find coping strategies to deal with whatever they are experiencing, be it grief, fear, or anger. Ultimately, counsellors try to help clients overcome their problems and become more positive, hopeful, and productive. Core Tasks Education & Training Workplace Attributes & Abilities Abuse and crisis counsellors must be emotionally stable, mature, and able to deal effectively with people in distress. Sensitivity, patience, compassion, and good communication skills are particularly important qualities.

Counsellors spend a lot of time with people from many different backgrounds and lifestyles, so they should have an awareness and understanding of other cultures.

It’s a good idea to volunteer your services to an organization that deals with people in crisis situations. Volunteer work will help you to determine if you want to seek a career in the field. As well, the experience will count in your favour when applying for a job. *Some counsellors work primarily with people who face domestic violence in their homes.
*Others counsel people dealing with different kinds of crises, such as a robbery at gunpoint or suicidal thoughts
*Inform their clients of the immediate options available
*Explain their clients’ legal rights
use various strategies to help victims of domestic violence become empowered enough to leave the abuser
*Aimed at building self-esteem and confidence and helping clients to realize that the abuse is not their fault
*find coping strategies •Provide one-on-one counseling to clients
•Help build self-esteem and confidence in clients
•Provide information on shelters, government services, and other programs
•Inform victims of abuse of their legal rights
•Raise awareness of the effects of physical and mental abuse •Employers include social service agencies, hospitals, colleges and universities, and non-profit groups
•Work mainly in offices and counselling rooms
•Often work with shelter staff, police, and social service workers
•Dealing with people in crisis can be stressful
•Some work regular 9-to-5 hours; others work shifts •At least a bachelor’s degree or diploma
•A master’s degree is helpful and may be required •Emotionally mature and stable
•Able to deal with people in distress
•Sensitive and compassionate
•Patient
•Communication skills Other Suggested Qualifications *Goal: To improve the lives and situations of their clients •$30,000 to $60,000 a year
•Supervisors can earn more
•Earnings depend on employer, location, education, and responsibilities Earnings Related College & University Programs

Social Services Worker
Counselling Skills
Marriage and Family Therapy
Counselling Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Violence Studies
Human Services, General

Grade 9
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Creative Arts
Health & Physical Education
French
Family & Consumer Sciences

Grade 10
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Personal & Career Development
Family & Consumer Sciences

Grade 11
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Family & Consumer Sciences
Human Services

Grade 12
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Law
Family & Consumer Sciences
Human Services suggested High School Subjects
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