Social Counselling Worker




OFO No: 263501




Other names for Social Counselling Worker:

  • Bereavement Counsellor 
  • Genetic Counsellor 
  • HIV / Aids Counsellor 
  • Trauma Counsellor 
  • Women’s Welfare Organizer


What is a Social Counselling Worker?

A Social Counselling Worker provides counselling and support usually in a specialised area.

Specialised areas include:

  • Career Counselling
  • Trauma Counselling
  • Community Mental Health
  • Family Counselling
  • School Counselling
  • Sport Counselling
  • HIV/AIDS Counselling
  • Human Resources
  • Pastoral Counselling
  • Employee Well-being

What does a Social Counselling Worker do?

(this will depend on what field they work in)

  • meets and interviews client
  • analyses this information
  • designs programmes to help them reach their goals
  • monitors success of programmes
  • keeps in contact with healthcare professionals, teachers, community leaders etc
  • keeps detailed records

Are you . . . ?

  • caring and understanding?
  • dedicated?
  • passionate about helping people?
  • a hard worker?
  • a person with a positive attitude?
  • a motivator?
  • a good communicator?
  • a good listener?

How do I become a Social Counselling Worker?


  • Study to become a Social Worker


  • Study a Bachelor’s & Honours degree in Psychology
  1. Can be done at most SA universities


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Social Counselling Worker)
  1. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  2. UKZN
  3. University of Pretoria
  4. UNISA
  5. Stellenbosch University
  6. University of Venda
  7. University of the Western Cape
  8. Walter Sisulu University



  • 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. 




To practice as a Counsellor, you must be registered with the HPCSA.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Addictions Counsellor or Foundation Phase School Teacher

Is becoming a Social Counselling Worker the right career choice for me?