Bereavement Counselor

 There are many situations that will require the support of others.  It could be divorce, death or other situations that bring on difficult times.  A bereavement counselor plays the main part in this role.  Their primary goal is to administer therapy to individuals who need help with dealing with a loss of some sort, whether it be a death in the family, loss of job, or other situations that may require an individual to seek counseling.

  A few of the ways that counselors play a role is with group sessions.  This allows a group to learn from each other’s past experience and benefit from the group itself. 

  According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average median salary in the United States for a bereavement counselor as of 2008 is $36,810. This will vary depending upon the location, years of experience, degrees and credentials.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $42000
High Salary: $50500
Low Salary: $33500
Tasks: Works with people who have lost a loved one, and guides them through the grief and healing process.
Offers moral and emotional support to people who are dealing with the loss of a family member, friend, or pet.
Works in a private practice or in a hospital/medical setting.
Conducts private sessions with clients, and sometimes leads group discussions or therapy sessions.
Also Called: Mental Health Counselor
Therapist
Psychologist
Group Support Therapist
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