Counselling Job Overview Counsellors are professionals who spend time with their clients to discuss their feelings on ...
Counselling Job Overview
Counsellors are professionals who spend time with their clients to discuss their feelings on a variety of topics, including eating disorders, addictions and relationship difficulties. This path may not be the first in a counsellor's career and life experience is appreciated. Depending on the specialty, counsellors use a particular theoretical approach to their work, which may involve face-to-face, internet, phone, family or group counselling. People with a heart for social work might also enjoy Fundraising Jobs or Special Needs Jobs.
Counselling Education Requirements
A degree or higher education diploma is not absolutely required for entry-level positions, but having studied psychology, social studies, education, healthcare and theology may be an advantage. A DBS disclosure check is required when working with vulnerable adults and under-aged clients. The BACP offers a range of courses relevant to the job, and there are various other institutions whose courses meet BACP requirements. These may be introductory ones, certificate-level ones offered by further education colleges, diplomas, Bachelors and Masters degrees. Gaining membership of the UKCP or NCS can also improve career prospects. Some courses involve placement work. Those that do not, such as online or distance courses, should be supplemented by face-to-face practice achieved by volunteering for a charity, for example. The skill set counsellors should be able to show includes listening skills, patience, tolerance, empathy, self-awareness, integrity, ethics and the ability to make people feel at ease.
Counselling Job Market
There is no shortage of counselling jobs, especially when it comes to addictive behaviour, adoption, education, or employee counselling, but full-time position offers are scarce. There are many opportunities in part-time employment, usually coupled with some form of healthcare or nursing. Many charities also offer openings for volunteers. Not all counsellors own a private practice, but those who do often juggle private work with volunteering and other part-time commitments.
Counselling Job Salary Information
The annual income for full-time counsellors is around £25,000, which is slightly less than the national average for all sectors, but the demand is higher than for other sectors, with fewer gaps due to skill shortage.