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Drug and alcohol counsellor

What is it like being a drug and alcohol counsellor?

Drug and Alcohol Counsellors help people control and manage problems stemming from substance abuse. They aid in helping clients to identify negative behaviour and overcome addiction to become self-sufficient.

Drug and Alcohol Counsellors are responsible for organising and designing a personalised recovery plan for each client. They focus on rehabilitating clients by teaching preservative measures, as well as counselling individual or group sessions to prevent relapse.

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 Study, August 2015

Is it right for me?

As a Drug and alcohol counsellor, you will enjoy helping your clients and be attentive and caring towards their needs. You are a compassionate person and are an active listener.
Other important attributes of a Drug and alcohol counsellor include:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Effective judgement and decision-making
  • Ability to be socially perceptive
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to guide others

Which degree?

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling), Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) and Master of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) meet the training requirements towards eligibility for registration on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) are eligible to apply for probationary registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Those who complete the four-year Honours program are also eligible to go on to complete further studies at the Masters level with the aim of registration as a clinical psychologist.

The Bachelor of Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing the first three years of the necessary requirements for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the first three years of the necessary requirements for full registration as a psychologist in Queensland.


Explore your career options!

Are you good at understanding people and situations? Do you enjoy helping others?