What's it like to be a Counsellor?
Counsellors provide support to people experiencing emotional difficulties by helping them to identify and work through their issues.
Tasks and duties
- Meeting with clients to discuss their emotional, mental or lifestyle issues and helping them set goals and adopt strategies to address their issues.
- Facilitating group counselling sessions or mediating in conflict resolution settings.
- Referring clients to other healthcare professionals when appropriate and liaising with healthcare professionals as part of a health management team.
Most Counsellors work with clients over a short period of time for a specific problem. They may use techniques such as talking therapy to assist clients reach their own resolutions or develop strategies to address their concerns.
Counsellors may choose to specialise in relationship counselling, crisis and trauma counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, conflict resolution, stress management, grief and loss counselling or counselling of children and young people.
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How to become a Counsellor
- Consider completing a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) which will introduce you to the field of counselling and prepare you for entry-level roles within the industry. This qualification can also be used as a pathway into further study.
- Complete an approved undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Counselling. A bachelor degree will give you important practical experience in a work environment.
- Register with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
- If you have already completed an undergraduate degree, or if you would like to further your skills, consider completing a postgraduate degree such as a Graduate Diploma of Counselling or Master of Counselling.
- To gain experience in the industry and boost your resume, you can volunteer with a helpline or other more direct support roles.
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