Counsellors provide information on vocational, relationship, social and educational difficulties and issues, and work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and other talking therapies.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Around four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
- working with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs
- providing information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills
- assessing client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
- conducting counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups
- assisting the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships
- presenting alternative approaches and discussing potential for attitude and behaviour change
- consulting with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs
- contributing information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assisting parents and teachers in dealing with these needs
- May work in a call centre
- Careers Counsellor or Adviser
- Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
- Family and Marriage Counsellor
- Rehabilitation Counsellor
- Student or School Counsellor
- Other Counsellors
Careers Counsellor or Adviser
Provides individuals and groups with information about career choices and assists individuals with self-development.
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Provides support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develops strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provides community education. May work in a call centre.
Family and Marriage Counsellor
Assists individuals, couples and families with marriage and relationship difficulties. May work in a call centre.
Specialisations: Family Court Counsellor
Assists physically, mentally and socially disadvantaged people to reintegrate into work and the community.
Student or School Counsellor
Provides information and assistance to students, parents and teachers about a wide range of matters such as students' personal problems, learning difficulties and special requirements.
Includes Gambling Counsellor, Grief Counsellor, Life Coach, Sexual Assault Counsellor, Trauma Counsellor. Occupations in this group may work in a call centre.