Addictions Counsellor (Occupation Code : 263502)


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.


Interviewing clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required,

Analysing the client's situation and presenting alternative approaches to resolving problems,

Providing counselling, therapy and mediation services,

Facilitating group sessions to assist clients to develop skills and insights needed to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems,

Coordinating counselling efforts with mental health professionals as well as doctors, nurses and social workers,

Conducting chemical dependency program orientation sessions,

Implementing follow-up or aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs,

Occupation Regulation

An Addictions Counsellor can be a person from different fields (such as health or the social welfare field, including Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Counselling, Psychology or Occupational Therapy). You need to read the descriptions of the relevant occupations to see information on professional regulation.

Learning Pathway Description

An Addictions Counsellor can be a:

  • Registered Counsellor who did an internship in Addictions Counselling.
  • Person with a professional registration in medicine, nursing, psychology or occupational therapy.  You would also need relevant workplace experience.  
  • Social Worker with a postgraduate certificate in Addictions Counselling.
  • Graduate from an appropriate field with a postgraduate qualification in Addictions Counselling.

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Alternate Occupation Names
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Gambling Counsellor
Social Detoxification Worker