Counseling Flood Victims Can Affect Counselors

Nov 15, 2016

More than a year after South Carolina’s historic flood, crisis counselors from the state Department of Mental Health’s Carolina United program continue to find and help flood victims.  But hearing the woes of thousands of victims over a long period can have detrimental effects on the counselors as well, sometimes producing stress or depression. 

But the agency has foreseen that possibility and built into the program help for counselors who can become overwhelmed by the magnitude of suffering they deal with.  This week we talk with counselors and a program manager who talk about these effects and what methods the department has in place for helping its own.