So You Want to be a Grief Therapist?

by L-Johnson

Grief therapists help people cope when a loved one passes away.

The job of a grief therapist is to work with an individual or a group to help people deal with emotional issues arising from the separation from a loved one. If you are interested in becoming a grief counsellor, there are many skills you will need. You must be a good listener, and have lots of patience and understanding.

A college degree is required. This degree can be in social work, psychology, counselling or social services. After obtaining your Bachelor’s degree, you can further your education by getting a Master’s degree in psychology or social work to gain more expertise in the field. This education will help you deal with people of different personalities going through a variety of emotions such as pain, fear, guilt, or anger.

Next, you will need to find an internship and complete two years of supervised work in a counselling setting. This experience will prepare you in a way that a classroom setting can’t provide. This internship could be in a hospital, church, or funeral home. If you can’t find an internship, volunteering would be a good idea to help you gain this experience and work first-hand with funeral directors and other professionals.

The final step before becoming a professional grief therapist is to apply for certification. Being licensed isn’t mandatory, but it can help to open up more jobs for you and give you extra trust and credibility.

Read more:

How to Become a Grief Counselor | psychologistshelp.org

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