Do you live in Australia and want to become a counsellor?
Navigating the journey to become a registered counsellor in Australia can be confusing. Training in counselling is expensive and navigating the demands of the profession as a student or graduate can be tricky. People can gain years of counsellor practice to find out that they have not kept the correct paperwork and may find it difficult to join a counselling association. This course has been written after hearing students describe their confusion about how to proceed towards registration.
I have prepared this course to provide information to make your decisions easier and more informed. I am not going to tell you what course to enroll in or recommend one professional association over another. I believe in providing sufficient information so you can make informed decisions along the way.
I have been a registered counsellor for almost two decades so am familiar with the requirements for the journey towards registration.
Note that this course has been written for an Australian context only, and is not provided on behalf of any training institution or counselling association.
In this course you will learn:
This introduction will introduce you to the course topics and the speaker.
Students will understand what counselling is, be able to differentiate counselling from similar professions, and recognise the benefits of becoming a registered counsellor.
Students will recognise the types of employment opportunities available for counsellors.
Students will understand the purpose of professional counselling associations, what associations are available in Australia, and why counsellors can benefit from membership.
This lecture will describe various training options available to meet the registration requirements.
Record keeping is essential for students and counsellors. Learn what records to keep. One type of record not mentioned here are records of professional development such as this. Keep the certificates of completion and certificates of attendance.
This section describes the importance of maintaining the counsellor's own fitness to practice and ongoing personal growth.
This quiz will test some basics learned in this course.
This conclusion is a wrap up and describes where students can have their questions answered.
This section describes some tips for enhancing employability as a counsellor, particularly when positions have strong competition among applicants.
Nathan Beel is a lecturer, counsellor, and clinical supervisor. Nathan has taught, published, and presented in a wide range of counselling related topics, and has delivered counselling services for the past 20 years. He is a Registrant and endorsed Supervisor of the Psychotherapy and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA), and a Clinical Member of the Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA).