Addictions Counsellor (Occupation Code : 263502)
DescriptionProvides 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,
Alternate Occupation Names
Social Detoxification Worker
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
Step 1 : Admission requirements
- NSC Bachelor Admission (BACH)
Admission into a Degree requires the achievement of a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the minimum requirements for admission into a degree or a National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V). In addition, each education institution has its own unique entry requirements for each of its programmes. It is important to check the entry requirements for this programme with the institution of your choice before you apply.
Step 2 : General Qualification
Step 3 : General Qualification
Step 4 : Internship
- Internship in Addictions Counselling (I12)
Internship of 6 months duration in Addictions Counselling under the guidance and supervision of a registered psychologist.
Step 5 : Final assessment
- National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology (Counsellor) (A5)
In order to register as a counsellor you have to sit the National Examination of the Professional Board for Psychology. The pass mark for the examination is 70% and a counsellor is required to obtain a sub-minimum of 70% for the questions on ethics.
Step 6 : Designation
- Designation: Registered Counsellor (D5)
This designation is awarded by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). A designation is a title that professional persons may use (write behind their name) to indicate that they are fully qualified in a certain professional field and are members of a professional body. It also indicates that the persons subscribe to the code of conduct of that professional body.