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    Can I become a counselor?

    Of course I'd have to go back to school and get a master's degree in Counseling or something, but I do want to help children overcome traumatic situations. Though, how do I know if I would be capable of handling that or not? Maybe I shouldn't have listened to the people who discouraged me from going into social work for thinking I would not handle it.
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    It would never hurt to learn some psychology. I have a book by frankl i want to read. Maybe you would enjoy and learn from it.

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    You can do it. I know it's a bit cliche', but.... just remember - they don't care what you know til they know that you care.

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    I suggest getting your feet wet to find out. Pursue an internship or part time work with an organization that helps children in traumatic situations. Hopefully you'll have a chance to work directly with the children some, but even if you don't you're likely to gain a sense of what the organization deals with. When you start to hear the stories of the children involved and see how they cope, you'll be about as close as you can to actually doing the therapy/counselling work yourself. Additionally, you'll be gaining valuable work experience that'll help in a job application should you decide to work full time in the field.

    If you live in the US, I'd suggest finding your nearest Children's Advocacy Center. I work closely with a local branch of this organization, and they really do a LOT to help kids who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. There are also all kinds of other organizations that work with children, so do some research and find out what's near you.

    You also don't have to actually be a counselor to help children in traumatic situations. There are niche jobs like Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinators, full-time Forensic Interviewers, Child and Family Advocates, and more. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions.
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    I have a B.S. in Psychology already.
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    You might consider starting by volunteering for Make a Wish - you won't immediately work with the kids but will probably work with the families - if you can handle getting your toes wet that way, then you can find something more direct.

    I've dealt mostly with teens and adults but I'm wired differently than you. You have qualities (just from here on Tweb) that will either make you great or will kill you - it's okay to try and I wish you all the best. But if you get to where you can honestly say 'not cut out for this' that's okay, too. Don't go for it just because others say you can't; don't stick with it just to prove them wrong. Don't give up because it's tough; don't keep bailing when the boat is underwater.

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    I'm only upset to not be able to do anything against the injustices of the world. And pretty sure therapists are supposed to go to therapist support groups or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    I'm only upset to not be able to do anything against the injustices of the world. And pretty sure therapists are supposed to go to therapist support groups or something.
    I was an 'advocate' in my thread where I helped Jim get a driver's license, ss card and birth certificate. When he started having severe anxiety and paranoia, I knew I was not qualified to help him - I have some certifications in counseling and mental health, but those are not my strong points. I helped guide him through the system to get the help that he needs, even advancing from 'advocate' to 'affiant' in a warrant to get him into HMHR treatment.

    You have, apparently, more formal education in this area than I do.... If you haven't already done so, I'd encourage you to take Myth up on his offer. I'll be glad to help, too, but it sounds like Myth has this together.

    (What I'm saying is, if a guy like me can make a difference, I have no doubt you can! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christianbookworm View Post
    I'm only upset to not be able to do anything against the injustices of the world. And pretty sure therapists are supposed to go to therapist support groups or something.
    Sit down and write up a list of what you think a counselor can do to help then write up a list of what they can't do. Wait a week and write up a list of your own skills, talents, characteristics - both good and bad - anything that would possibly affect your ability as a counselor. Wait another week and compare the lists - does what you have to offer mesh with what you expect to be able to do? Are your expectations for counselling realistic? Are your expectations for yourself realistic?

    In the mean time, Myth is right - get the toes wet. Real world isn't like classroom -and using that classroom to good advantage isn't always easy.

    Remember, you may not be able to help the whole beach - but it may just be your job to help a starfish or two.

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