How to become a Rehabilitation Counsellor

Rehabilitation counsellors assist people with disability or medical conditions or who are experiencing social disadvantage to attain individual rehabilitation goals, including return to paid employment. They assist people with physical or psychological disabilities, refugees, ex-offenders, disadvantaged youth and those experiencing long-term unemployment.

Personal requirements of a Rehabilitation Counsellor

  • Good communication skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • A supportive and tactful approach to people's problems
  • Able to work independently or as part of a team

Education & Training for a Rehabilitation Counsellor

To become a rehabilitation counsellor you usually have to complete a degree in health science or an allied health field at university, followed by a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation counselling. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry or physics is normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of a relevant bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

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