By Maddy Johnson

What Is Crisis Counseling?

In mental health terms, a crisis refers not to a traumatic event or experience, but to how an individual responds to the situation. The events that trigger this crisis can run the gamut of life experience, from developmental hurdles (such as going through puberty) to natural disasters to the death of a loved one. Crisis counseling can help individuals deal with the crisis by offering assistance and support.


Counselors must earn a four-year undergraduate degree, and typically a master's degree, in order to begin their practice. A bachelor's degree in most fields is acceptable to enter the required master's level program afterward. If you did earn a bachelor in psychology or a related field, your studies will be a benefit when pursuing your master's degree.

places that offer the program

1.Northcentral University

2.University of Phoenix

3.Lubbock Christian University

4.Grand Canyon University

5.Tarrant County College District

cost of education

The median annual tuition in doctoral programs offered by public schools for in-state residents was $6,819,


The average salary for a crisis counselor is $36,320 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, salary increases modestly, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.

crisis counseling outlook

  • Job opportunities for counselors should be very good because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs.
  • The health care and social assistance industry employs about 47 percent of counselors, and state and local government employ about 11 percent.

associations related to counseling

American Counseling Association

American School Counselor Association

National Career Development Association

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • why did you choose this career?

    I chose this career because I have been told multiple times I am a really good listener and I give great advice. Also when we did the career packet, I ended up in the social group and crisis counseling is in the social section.