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Child, youth and family counsellor

What is it like being a Child, Youth and Family Counsellor? 

Child, youth and family counsellors make a real difference in the community. They are committed to improving the wellbeing of families and helping children reclaim their childhoods. They help their clients cope with issues relating to domestic violence, abuse, family breakdown, as well as behavioural or learning issues.

As a child, youth and family counsellor, you’ll help children grow the confidence and skills to get through and heal from difficult situations. This challenging yet rewarding career will fulfil your passion for helping others by guiding families towards a safe, healthy and positive space.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for counsellors. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.

Is it right for me?

As a child, youth and family counsellor, you’ll have strong people skills and have the following attributes:

  • Empathetic, understanding and ethical
  • Able to relate to a diverse range of people
  • A great communicator and listener
  • Passionate about helping others.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services who have completed all eight units within Counselling major who have successfully completed one counselling field placement will be eligible for Level 1 membership with the Australian Counselling Association. Those who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Counselling are eligible for membership with the Australian Counselling Association and those who successfully complete the Master of Counselling will meet the training requirements for the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. It's necessary to have attended certain residential schools if you are aiming to become a professional counsellor and/or join professional counselling associations.

USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) for the Bachelor of Human Services. If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.

Bachelor of Human Services Major Child and Family Studies - USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.

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