How to Become a Counsellor

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What do I need to study to become a Counsellor?

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 Jansen Newman InstituteBachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

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

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor of Psychological Sciences

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).

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 Charles Sturt UniversityBachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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

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 Swinburne OnlineBachelor 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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 Jansen Newman InstituteDiploma of Applied Social Science

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

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CHC51015Open CollegesDiploma of Counselling

The online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) program provides you with the education and training to launch your career in counselling.

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CHC51015UpskilledDiploma of Counselling

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

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CHC51015St Mark's National Theological CentreDiploma of Counselling

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. 

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 Torrens University AustraliaDiploma of Counselling and Communication Skills

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

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 Jansen Newman InstituteGraduate Certificate in Counselling

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

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 Australian Catholic UniversityGraduate Certificate in Education

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

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 St Mark's National Theological CentreGraduate Certificate in Ministry

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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 St Mark's National Theological CentreGraduate Certificate in Theology

Contemplate meaning and spirituality with this contemporary, practical online Graduate Certificate in Theology course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

 

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 Jansen Newman InstituteGraduate Diploma of Counselling

Accelerate your counselling career and build in-demand skills for people-focused work by studying this Graduate Diploma of Counselling course. 

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 St Mark's National Theological CentreGraduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling

Build on your knowledge of theology or psychology and help others in your career with this practical online Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

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 Charles Sturt UniversityGraduate Diploma of Psychology

This online Graduate Diploma of Psychology is ideal for those who have completed an undergraduate degree and who wish to transition into the field of psychology.

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 Swinburne OnlineGraduate Diploma of Psychology

Improve the social health and well-being of society and build in-demand professional skills with this online Graduate Diploma in Psychology course from Swinburne Online. 

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M5003Monash UniversityGraduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

Accelerate your psychology career and build diverse professional skills with this online Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced course.

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 Jansen Newman InstituteMaster of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

Take the next step in your counselling career or learn new skills for workplace coaching by studying this Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy. 

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 Edith Cowan UniversityMaster of Counselling and Psychotherapy

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides students with the opportunity to expand their theoretical knowledge and develop their skills through self-reflective clinical practice and experience.

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 St Mark's National Theological CentreMaster of Pastoral Counselling

Develop advanced skills in contemporary counselling and pastoral care to serve your community with this online Master of Pastoral Counselling course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

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Definition of 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 are the responsibilities of a Counsellor ?

  • 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 Outlook for Counsellor

The average age of people working as is 46 with 21.20% of them being male. 54.00% of are employed full-time and they typically work around 37.1 hours per week.

 

Unemployment is below average and, with A Bachelor Degree or higher, the average Community Worker can earn around $1,330 per week Before Tax. In 2015 there were 20,700 working and the future growth of the profession is predicted to be very strong, with numbers around 25,500 in 2020.