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Family Counsellor Courses

Family Counsellors help families in crises and challenging situations, ensuring the individual wellbeing of each family member as well as the whole family unit. You’ll need specialised skills in listening and communication, as well as a working knowledge of recognised therapies and interventions.

As a Family Counsellor you might specialise in community service, domestic violence, grief and loss, drugs and alcohol, or child protection. You could work independently (with your own counselling practice), or for a community service organisation.

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Popular Family Counsellor Courses

There are 4 courses available for people who want to become a Family Counsellor.

CHC51015
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Family Counsellors earn?

In Australia, a full time Family Counsellor generally earns $1,584 per week ($82,368 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience can you expect a higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Family Counsellors?

In Australia right now there are about 1400 Family Counsellors in full-time employment. Family Counsellors are mainly employed by healthcare, government departments, and community service organisations, but they can also work directly with individual family clients.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become a Family Counsellor?

To get started as a Family Counsellor you will need a Diploma of Counselling and demonstrated field experience. Complimentary studies in Mental Health, Youth Work Drug and Alcohol, and Family Wellbeing will also help. The Diploma of Counselling will take 12 months to complete and requires a work placement. Family Counsellors also need a national police check and working with children clearance.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within child welfare, youth and family intervention and counselling. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.