Purpose and Mission
Counsellors are trained to support people who are dealing with emotional difficulties by helping them to identify and work through the various issues impacting their lives.
A counsellor uses a variety of methods including talking therapy to help people to solve problems or develop strategies to address their concerns.
In most cases, counsellors work with clients on one or more issues for a specific period of time rather than ongoing, with the goal of improving a client’s well-being and getting them through personal problems or major life transitions.
A great many counsellors have their own practices or are employed as independent contractors, which means they might not have a direct supervisor. Those that are employed by local government agencies or private clinics may report to a department head or mid-level manager.
Counsellors typically have some supervisory responsibilities, particularly if they own their own practice. In government agencies, more experienced chiropractors usually assist with training and evaluation of newer colleagues.
In Australia, the minimum education to be registered as a fully qualified counsellor is either a two-year graduate diploma program or three-year bachelor’s degree in counselling. Quite a few counsellors eventually choose to continue their training and become psychologists or therapists.
Responsibilities of a Counsellor
The primary responsibilities of a counsellor are to provide information, support and therapy to clients to help them deal with emotional or behavioral issues. They also work closely with other healthcare professionals to create and implement client care plans, locate appropriate resources and provide support to clients.
A counsellor may choose to specialise in relationship counselling, grief counselling or drug and alcohol rehabilitation, among other areas.
The typical day to day responsibilities of a counsellor may include:
- Appointments with clients to discuss a variety of emotional, mental or lifestyle issues
- Facilitating group counselling sessions or acting as a mediator in conflict resolution settings
- Discussing clients’ desired goals and outcomes
- Researching and offering information or resources specific to client needs
- Working closely with clients to set goals and adopt strategies to best come to terms with their issues.
- Referring clients to other healthcare professionals as appropriate and necessary
- Consulting with other healthcare professionals as part of a client health management team.
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