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Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

Provides support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develops strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provides community education. May work in a call centre.


Tasks Include:


  • working with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs
  • providing information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills
  • assessing client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
  • conducting counselling interviews with individuals, couples and family groups
  • assisting the understanding and adjustment of attitudes, expectations and behaviour to develop more effective interpersonal and marital relationships
  • presenting alternative approaches and discussing potential for attitude and behaviour change
  • consulting with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs
  • contributing information, understanding and advice on the learning and behaviour of students, especially those with special needs, and assisting parents and teachers in dealing with these needs
Job prospects for Counsellors in Victoria

Occupations in the Counsellors group include Careers Counsellor, Counsellors (other), Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Family and Marriage Counsellor, Rehabilitation Counsellor and Student Counsellor.

Employment prospects
There are currently 5,400 Counsellors in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

Average weekly wage
$1,392.10

Hourly earnings
$36.70

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website.

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