WHAT IS A COUNSELLOR?

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What do I need to study to become a Counsellor?

Jansen Newman Institute

Take the first step in a rewarding new career supporting people's success by studying this Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) course. 

Swinburne Online

Study the inner workings of the mind with this Bachelor of Psychological Sciences course – a qualification that is professionally recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Charles Sturt University

This Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) course will give you a solid grounding in the field of psychology.

Charles Sturt University

This Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business course fosters the professional skills necessary to forge a successful career in management.

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business

This Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business course fosters the professional skills necessary to forge a successful career in management.
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Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Business

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Swinburne Online

Learn about human nature, psychology and relationships in this online Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies course, and gain highly transferrable skills for your career.

Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

Learn about human nature, psychology and relationships in this online Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies course, and gain highly transferrable skills for your career.
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Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Behavioural Studies

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Jansen Newman Institute

Qualify in just seven months for an exciting new people-focused career by studying this Diploma of Applied Social Science course. 

Upskilled

Gain the skills and training to make a positive difference to the lives of others with this online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015).

St Mark's National Theological Centre

Build professional skills in communication and start a career helping others with this practical online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

Torrens University Australia

Begin a fulfilling career in counselling with this practical, industry-focused online Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills course.

Jansen Newman Institute

Build your professional counselling skillset and advance your career opportunities with this Graduate Certificate in Counselling course. 

Australian Catholic University

Help others more effective and build relevant teaching skills with this online Graduate Certificate in Education course from Australian Catholic University. 

St Mark's National Theological Centre

Build relevant leadership skills and deepen your religious practice with this practical online Graduate Certificate in Ministry course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

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What is a Counsellor?

Counsellors provide a safe, confidential environment and offer support for people experiencing mental or emotional distress, helping them to identify, confront and work through their issues.
Their efforts may concentrate on a particular emotional problem, such as anxiety, depression or bereavement, or on a more situational dilemma like a crisis, conflict or major life decision.

A Counsellor may specialise in specific disciplines, such as anger management, marriage counselling, career advice or rehabilitation, and can also assist clients by advising them of other resources and programs that are available.

The responsibility of a Counsellor is not to direct their clients towards a specific choice or action but to empower them to better utilise their existing skills and resources in order to overcome life’s challenges.
Using conversational therapy and other techniques, a Counsellor enables people to examine various facets of their life, behaviours and relationships from a more objective position, allowing them to see things in a way they may not have considered before.

What do do?

  • Creating a safe, supportive and confidential environment.
  • Meeting with clients to identify and discuss their mental, emotional or social needs and problems.
  • Helping clients to define and assess goals, and adopt and maintain strategies to deal with various issues.
  • Offering support and assisting clients in dealing with and overcoming problems.
  • Facilitating group counselling and mediating conflict resolution.
  • Providing information and advice on relevant available resources and programs.
  • Liaising with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and specialists, and referring clients when applicable.

Career snapshot for Counsellor

  • The average age of working is 46.
  • 21.20% of are male.
  • 54.00% of work full-time and on average they work around 37.1 hours per week.
  • With A Bachelor Degree or higher, get paid $1,330 per week Before Tax.
  • Unemployment levels are below average.
  • In 2015 records showed 20,700 employed .
  • The projected growth of the profession is estimated to be very strong with employment numbers around 25,500 by 2020.
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