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Frequently asked Questions and Responses (FAQs)

Welcome to the FAQs section for Crisis Intervention Counseling Certification. This area is provided to you as a source of information that may be more clarified, related to questions you may have in regards to our certification program. Information regarding recertification, as well as information about our online continuing education courses, is also provided. We highly recommend that you first thoroughly review all of the information on our website, under the main page for Crisis Intervention Counseling Certification. Access main page.

If after reviewing all of the provided information and this FAQs section, any other questions may be addressed by completing our request for information form online (access info form). Thank you for your interest in our Crisis Intervention Counseling Program.

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What is Certification?

Response: certification is a voluntary process, which is provided by a well organized organization, that through its qualified advisory boards, develops comprehensive and quality standards for the practice of a type of specialty. The developed standards address high quality requirements for the practice of a certain specialty. The defined standards speak to educational and/or practice requirements, any required prerequisites, and the need to adhere to a defined code of ethics for the practice specialty. Certification is a voluntary process. It is different than any type of licensing. Certification is one means by which professionals may be publicly recognized as achieving a high level of education, knowledge base and practice skills for a certain healthcare related specialty. Certification also assists employer organizations and clients in their assessment of appropriate qualifications for candidates seeking positions in organizations and/or involved in private practices. It is commonly held, today, that certification by a very well organized professional organization, is fast becoming a "gold standard" for specialty practices. Certification testifies and provides a verification of defined educational requirements, adherence to a solid code of ethics, and in many instances prerequisites of practice experience for the practice of crisis intervention counseling and related services.

What are the criteria/standards I will need to meet to achieve certification?

Response: The educational criteria and standards are well and clearly defined within our website. Please access our main page to preview these requirements. Access here.

May I apply for and be conferred certification if I have been practicing as a Crisis Intervention Counselor in a clinical setting or private practice with out they need to meet the educational requirements?

Response: No. The Board that oversees the development and approval of defined criteria and standards for certification will not consider only practice experience as meeting requirements in full. This decision was made as those who are already in consulting practices have varied and different experiences related to crisis intervention education and counseling and there is no insured uniformity that all who have practiced crisis intervention counseling have the same knowledge base and skills attainment. The evaluation of one's past practice experiences in crisis intervention counseling is highly variable and subjective. As such, the Board has developed objective criteria/standards for the conferral of certification. For these reasons, practice experience without the attainment of education will not be considered as fulfilling criteria and standards for our certification.

Over the years, I have completed many seminars and continuing education courses related to crisis intervention practice and interventions. Will these apply toward the education requirements for certification?

Response: Your past completed education may well qualified you as meeting the standards/criteria to apply for certification. To establish approval of your past education completion it is necessary that you submit, with your completed application, verification of all completed seminars and/or courses. This includes college-level courses and or continuing education courses. Once received, the administrative board and staff will review all of your submissions and verifications and make the decision as to whether or not your past education achievements meets the standards and criteria for certification. You will be notified by postal mail within 7 to 14 days regarding the decision of the acceptance or disapproval of any past education completions. In many instances, submitted verifications of education directly related to crisis intervention are accepted. Most rejections occur because the education completed was not directly related to the practice specialty of stress management or there is not enough broad-based knowledge related to multiple dimensions of crisis intervention and interventions.

What is the major practice focus of a crisis intervention counselor?

Response: a crisis intervention counselor who is certified is very well versed in the pathophysiology of stress and stress reactions, and the effects of stress on body/mind and spirit. This counselor is especially skilled in assisting clients in acute crisis situations, such as; traumatic death/injury, community disasters, victims of crime/abuse, victims of terrorism, etc. The crisis intervention counselor is prepared to assist "victims" as well as their family and loved ones. This consultant also has a good solid knowledge base and experiences in assisting individuals by providing immediate and often on-going assistance in any crisis situation. Their knowledge base is rooted in effective crisis intervention strategies.

Certified crisis intervention counselors study and have a good working knowledge of the most useful, safe and effective crisis intervention reduction techniques and modalities. They work with individuals, groups, families and/or communities, to teach, coach, provide guidance and support in situations of crisis. They work collaboratively with other members of the health care team, the criminal justice system and social services to offer comprehensive support systems in situations of crisis.

Where do Crisis intervention counselors practice?

Response: Crisis intervention counselors practice in many varied settings today. The services of crisis intervention counselors are in much demand throughout our country and throughout the world. Some of the areas that crisis intervention counselors consultants practice in include; in and with clinical psychologists and licensed counselors practices, mental health agencies, drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs, in cooperation with many types of mental health practitioners, including psychiatrist, marriage and family therapists, grief counselors, victim abuse counselors, etc. They also work with many times of community health agencies, the criminal justice system, and disaster services organizations. Many have their own private crisis intervention education and consulting practices offering services to a wide array of people and organizations. Crisis intervention counselors share their knowledge and skills as both teaches and "coaches." As science and research continue to document the positive effects of crisis interventions, the demand for qualified and certified counselors will continue to escalate.

Does the American institute of health care professionals provide approval's for education programs whose graduates would qualify for being conferred certification?

Response: Yes. We provide a full curriculum of continuing education in Crisis Intervention Counseling. Candidates must complete the full program of continuing education courses to be eligible to apply for and receive Certification in Crisis Intervention Counseling. Candidates must first meet one of the pre-requisites for entry into the continuing education program. The pre-requisites are clearly defined under the comprehensive information page on the Crisis Intervention Certification section on our website: access here. To preview our full continuing education program in Crisis Intervention Counseling: access here.

We also do provide a full program approval process for those education facilities and or organizations providing education related to crisis intervention counseling. Applications for program approval are thoroughly reviewed and must adhere to the defined standards and criteria as established by the advisory board. Once a particular education program has been approved it is then posted as an approved program on our website (view approved programs). Graduates of programs we have approved may apply for certification. Any formal education program offering crisis intervention education, meeting our standards, may apply for approval of their program.


Response: There is a two-phase process. In order to provide clear and sufficient information on the process we have developed a separate page that defines the process. You may access this information on the certification process at this link: click here.

How can I make application?

Response: Making application is an easy process. We provide on this website a link to a printable application. Those wishing to make application may access this link, print out the application form, completed it, and submit it to our office for review. You may access online applications at this link. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All applications that are submitted must be complete and include all required documents and verifications as specified for review and consideration of certification conferral.

Once I have achieved certification, must I ever be re certified?

Response: Yes. A conferred certification has a period of 4 years. At the end of the four-year period the certification will expire. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals provides a full program for recertification. Detailed information on the criteria to be recertified, after the three-year initial certification period, is provided on our website. Access here.

Our organization is sponsoring a one-day seminar on the topic of crisis intervention. Does the American institute of health care professionals provide for program approvals for CEU credits?

Response: Yes. We do offer a full program for the approval of education courses, seminars, and other related learning activities related to the topic of crisis intervention. If an application for approval is approved, then the sponsoring organization may declare on its CEU certificates that the program has been up reviewed and approved by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. More information is available on our website, access here.

I am currently certified by the American institute of health care professionals in crisis intervention counseling. I know I am required to achieve additional education in order to qualify for recertification in the future. Do you offer any continuing education courses that I may take to meet my recertification requirements?

Response: We will soon be offering continuing education courses in crisis intervention which are approved for the required continuing education hours for recertification.

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