Addictions Counsellor

 OFO No: 263502

Other names for Addictions Counsellor:

  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Gambling Counsellor
  • Social Detoxification Worker

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What is an Addictions Counsellor?

An Addictions Counsellor provides therapy and support for those people with addictions like:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Gambling
  • Sex etc

What does an Addictions Counsellor do?

  • meets with client to discuss the problem
  • asks questions to find out more about the person and their problem
  • meets with families
  • designs programmes to help the person achieve their goals
  • provides counselling and support
  • facilitates group sessions
  • liaises with medical professionals
  • keeps detailed records

Are you . . . ?

  • a person who likes helping people?
  • caring?
  • emotionally strong?
  • able to deal with crises?
  • calm under pressure?
  • thorough and systematic?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?
  • dedicated and responsible

How do I become an Addictions Counsellor?

There are many paths to take to become an Addictions Counsellor:

  • Psychology – (with relevant workplace experience)
  • Social Work – (with postgraduate certificate in Addictions Counselling)
  • Medicine – (with relevant workplace experience)
  • Counselling – (with internship in Addictions Counselling)
  • Nursing – (with relevant workplace experience)
  • Occupational Therapy – (with relevant workplace experience

PATH 1:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Psychology can be done at most universities in SA.
  • Honours in Psychology
  • Internship under registered Psychologist in Addiction Counselling
  • National Examination of the Professional Board of Psychology (Counsellor)
  • Registered Counsellor

PATH 2:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Addictions Counsellor)
  • Internship under registered Psychologist in Addiction Counselling
  • National Examination of the Professional Board of Psychology (Counsellor)
  • Registered Counsellor

PATH 3:

  • Qualification and registration in a medical or related field (medicine, nursing, occupational therapy etc)
  • Internship working with people with addiction

PATH 4:

PATH 5:

  • Same as Path 3 with a postgraduate qualification in Addiction Care

 

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Social Worker or Early Childhood Development Practitioner

Is becoming an Addictions Counsellor the right career choice for me?

 

 

 

Qualification Required