More Than Just Counselling: Australian Counsellor Job Advertisement Trends

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Beel, Nathan. 2023. "More Than Just Counselling: Australian Counsellor Job Advertisement Trends ." Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. 11 (1). https://doi.org/10.59158/001c.77591
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More Than Just Counselling: Australian Counsellor Job Advertisement Trends

ERA Journal ID214010
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBeel, Nathan
Journal TitlePsychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia
Journal Citation11 (1)
Number of Pages25
Year2023
PublisherPACFA
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN2201-7089
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.59158/001c.77591
Web Address (URL)https://pacja.org.au/article/77591-more-than-just-counselling-australian-counsellor-job-advertisement-trends
Abstract

Research on counsellors in Australia has tended towards workforce surveys that profile association members, and thus, tend to reflect the interests and priorities of counsellors and the counselling profession. However, little is known about what the employment context offers and expects of counsellor positions. This exploratory point-in-time study undertook a content analysis of counsellor job advertisements and categorised the findings into three main areas: conditions, description of the role, and selection criteria. The findings suggest that for counselling roles, employers are less concerned about whether applicants have had specialised counselling training, but that they have tertiary qualifications in cognate disciplines and can undertake a wider range of tasks in addition to providing counselling. Several role requirements specified by employers are not mentioned in contemporary Australian counselling training standards, though most are mentioned in the profession’s scope of practice documents. This research provides counselling educators, counselling students, and counsellor jobseekers data on possible trends of contemporary employment patterns appearing in advertised counsellor positions.

Keywordscounselling; workforce
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440902. Counselling, wellbeing and community services
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