How to become a counsellor

Help people navigate through difficult times and advise them on life issues and problem solving strategies.

Pathways to this career

  • Qualify for entry level positions by studying a vocational counselling diploma or an undergraduate counselling degree.
  • Specialise and further your studies by completing a postgraduate counselling or mental health degree.
  • Boost your experience in the counselling field and your appeal to employers by volunteering within the industry or signing up for further practical work experience.
  • Once completing your training you will have the opportunity to apply for recognised institutions such as the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

What does a counsellor do?

Duties and tasks

  • Help clients learn how to evaluate information relevant to their situations and change their attitudes and behaviours for healthier relationships
  • Assess clients for possible drug or alcohol addiction issues
  • Assist clients with important career, educational and employment choices
  • Conduct interviews and counsel families, couples and individuals in need
  • Offer alternative ways to settle arguments and disputes through better behaviour

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