Rehabilitation Counselor Courses

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What does a Rehabilitation Counsellor do?

A rehabilitation counsellor helps people navigate everyday issues brought on by disability, injury, addiction and poor health. They often are brought in to help clients after major life events, such as major trauma or diagnosis, that cause large changes. These allied health professionals assist those in need in a variety of ways, including helping them seek out and take advantage of employment and education opportunities and adapting to new ways of living everyday life.

Rehabilitation counsellors often work not only with the client, but also others in his or her life, including friends, family members and potentially employers or educators. These counsellors are fully equipped with knowledge of helpful resources and know how to use these resources to develop and deliver a rehabilitation plan to clients. Rehabilitation counsellors can specialise in certain areas based on client demographics or issues faced by clients.

Rehabilitation Counselor Courses

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How much do Rehabilitation Counsellors earn?

In Australia, a full time rehabilitation counsellor generally earns $1,150 per week ($70,200 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 you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for Rehabilitation Counsellors?

As of May 2019, there were approximately 31,000 counsellors in Australia. That number is expected to grow to nearly 39,000 by May 2024. Though the number of rehabilitation counsellors fell from 2,100 in 2011 to 1,600 in 2016, drug and alcohol workers in particular are expected to see nearly 25% job growth in the next five years.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections, Seek and Australian Government Job Outlook

How long does it take to become a Rehabilitation Counsellor?

To become a rehabilitation counsellor, you often need to pursue a learning pathway in which you obtain a qualification in counselling. A potentially suitable course is a Diploma of Counselling. This can take 24 months to complete depending on whether you study online, on campus or both and if you study full time or part time. Depending on your role, psychology study might also be suggested or required. You might also need to obtain other checks, including a national police check, and a working with vulnerable people and children check.

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Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au