To become a grief counselor, obtain a bachelor's degree, apply for admission to a master's degree program and obtain a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling, advises the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Depending on the employer, you may need a certification or license specific to grief counseling.
- Get an undergraduate education
- Complete a master's degree program
- Obtain special certification if required
Most employers who hire grief counselors require that the counselors receive a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or some related degree, reports the BLS. Most master's degree programs require completion of a bachelor's degree for admission. Some employers may hire a grief counselor with just a bachelor's degree, but the employee may be limited in the services that he can offer.
A master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling involves training in evaluation of client needs, strategies for job placement and understanding psychological and medical aspects of disabilities. Most master's degree programs require an internship for completion, which is a period of supervised training or experience on the job.
Depending on the state where the counselor works, special certification may be required. Most master's degree programs require a period of supervised clinical experience ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 hours. Certification may be required through the Commission on Rehabilitation, depending on employer requirements, notes the BLS.