How to become a counsellor
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
- Australian Counselling Association
- Australian Guidance and Counselling Association
- Australian Institute Professional Counsellors
- Relationships Australia
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