Substance Abuse Counsellor Courses

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What does an Substance Abuse Counsellor do?

A substance abuse counsellor is somebody who treats patients who are experiencing issues with addiction to alcohol or drugs. Some substance abuse counsellors work with a broad set of clients, while others specialise in treating those with specific circumstances or dependencies, such as older or younger people, military veterans and those who have faced or continue to face economic, social or mental hardship.

Substance abuse counsellors help determine the best courses of action for clients and speak with not only them, but also their family, friends and others to develop a support plan. Substance abuse counsellors are adept at understanding the different needs and capabilities of patients in regards to their personal and professional lifestyles and have a full understanding of available resources. They have the ability to suggest and develop a range of options for navigating past, present or potential future drug and alcohol abuse. Counsellors can work in call centres, medical institutions, patients' homes or other group or individual settings.

Substance Abuse Counsellor Courses

There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Substance Abuse Counsellor.

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How much do Substance Abuse Counsellors earn?

In Australia, a full time substance abuse 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 Substance Abuse 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. Drug and alcohol workers are expected to see nearly 25% job growth in the next five years.

Source: The Labour Market Information Portal - 2019 Occupational Projections and Seek

How long does it take to become a Substance Abuse Counsellor?

To become a substance abuse counsellor, you usually must hold a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. This course of study can take 12 to 18 months depending on if you study full time or part time and whether you choose to study in-person, online or via blended study. Qualification in counselling, mental health, psychology or social work can potentially be helpful. It may also help to become a member of The Australian Counselling Association.

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Related Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within Alcohol and Other Drugs and Counselling.

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