Roles and responsibilities
- work with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs
- provide information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills
- assess client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
- conduct counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups
- assist the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships
- present alternative approaches and discuss potential for attitude and behaviour change
- consult with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs
- contribute information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assist parents and teachers in dealing with these needs
- may work in a call centre
Counsellors may be employed by community service organisations, hospitals, schools, clinics and government departments. Large corporations and organisations often employ counsellors who specialise in workplace or organisational counselling. Many counsellors are self-employed in their own counselling practices.
Recommended major/s to pursue this careerA degree is not necessarily required for professional qualification, however, relevant majors include:
Coursework courses to pursue this careerPostgraduate study is not necessarily required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.
Relevant postgraduate courses include: