VISTAS Trauma, Grief, Disaster, and Crisis Counseling

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Crisis Counseling Courses in Counselor Preparation

Yuh-Jen Guo, Shu-Ching Wang, Ho Kwan Lok, Alexis Phillips, and Shelly Statz


Crisis counseling is critical when natural and man-made crises occur. Crises are also inevitable in clinical settings. Trauma induced by crisis is the primary concern for victims and counselors (Jones & Cureton, 2014; Knezevic & Olson, 2014). However, the literature indicates that counselor preparation falls short on crisis counseling training (Allen et al., 2002; Minton & Pease-Carter, 2011; Morris & Minton, 2012). In this study, the course descriptions of 654 CACREPaccredited counseling programs were examined to determine the number of programs that required crisis counseling courses. Among the 654 CACREPaccredited counseling programs examined, 192 (29.4%) required students to take a stand-alone crisis counseling course. Our findings reflect current practice and support a call for enhancing crisis counseling training in counselor preparation programs.

Keywords: crisis counseling training, crisis counseling courses, CACREPaccredited programs

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