1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2513-13 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

Provides assessment, support and treatment for people, develops strategies which assist them to set goals, effect and maintain change, and provides community advice and education.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • assesses client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse
  • employs appropriate therapeutic models and interventions as a method of treatment and support for the client
  • refers client to appropriate agencies for treatment, support and education
  • facilitates the development of clients' interpersonal and group skills through the provision of group-work programs
  • counsels and supports family members
  • provides information to the courts, guardians and agencies with the consent of the client
  • adopts harm-minimisation principles in working with the client
  • assists in community development by providing consultancy services and assists the community to attain knowledge and skills in addressing problems relating to substance use
  • raises awareness regarding the prevention, early intervention and treatment of substance use
  • promotes inter-organisational planning and consultation regarding the development of appropriate strategies and client management

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