Qualification and registration requirements
The profession of Counselling is not regulated by law and therefore there is not one course or qualification that is required in order to be recognised as a professional in this field.
Courses vary from small workshops with no prior relevant experience required, through to tertiary qualifications, however most professionals will have a degree or diploma in counselling, psychology or social work.
There are a number of self-regulated national professional peak associations that aim to; advocate and advance the counselling profession, establish appropriate professional training standards and to accredit appropriate education courses.
What is a Counsellor?
An counsellor is a non judgemental professional whose role is to establish a therapeutic relationship with individuals, couples or families who seek counselling on a range of issues within their personal or work lives.
What does a Counsellor do?
A counsellor assists a person to become more self-aware and promotes their well being.
Counsellors assist people to better understand themselves by explaining options, setting goals and empowering them to find their own solutions and take action.
Counsellors listen to their clients with full acceptance and empathy, helping them to explore, understand and deal with their feelings effectively.
For information on how to gain recognition of Allied Health qualifications obtained overseas, please contact the relevant professional association as per web links above.