School counsellors are primary or secondary teachers who have approved qualifications in psychology and school counselling. They work with students of all ages and their families, from Kindergarten to Year 12, providing valuable support and counselling and psychological assessment for students with specific needs. Their daily work activities may include counselling students, assessing students' learning and behavior, helping families make informed decisions about their child's education, identifying impediments to students' learning and liaising with external agencies regarding students' wellbeing.
Demand for school counsellors
School counsellors are in demand in NSW public schools, particularly in metropolitan and rural locations of workforce need. The high-demand metropolitan locations include Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Granville, Liverpool, Mount Druitt, Parramatta, Penrith and Windsor. The high-demand rural locations include Albury, Armidale, Batemans Bay, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Central Coast, Clarence/Coffs Harbour, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Griffith, Maitland, Moree, Muswellbrook, Orange, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Taree and Wagga Wagga.
Attributes of great school counsellors
School counsellors are advocates for the wellbeing of their students. They are empathetic listeners who have the ability to make students feel comfortable and at ease. They are also excellent verbal communicators who know how to quickly build relationships based on trust. They also have the ability to make accurate psychological assessments of students and report on students' wellbeing to family members, school staff and external agencies.
How to decide if you should be a school counsellor
If you are approachable, trustworthy, accepting and flexibly by nature, and if you are passionate about the psychological wellbeing and social development of students, consider becoming a school counsellor in NSW public schools.
How to become a school counsellor
To become a school counsellor in NSW public schools, you will need to complete approved courses in primary or secondary teaching, psychology and school counselling, including child and adolescent psychology, psychological assessment of school aged students and in-school practicum. You will also need to be eligible for full or provisional registration as a psychologist in NSW.
The become a teacher webpage outlines the steps you will need to take to become a teacher in a NSW public school. Studies in psychology and school counselling may be undertaken through undergraduate study or as a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate study.
Get paid to become a school counsellor
A sponsored training program is available to current teachers who would like to become a school counsellor.