Applying to be a Specialist Counsellor 

All applications received after 1 July 2016 will be assessed against the below criteria.

To be eligible to apply for accreditation as a Specialist Counsellor under the Approved Counselling Service, applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Be fully registered as a psychologist with the Psychologist Board of Australia and have the area of practice endorsed; or be a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Be an Approved Counsellor with the Approved Counselling Service providing continuous services to victims of crime for at least 3 years.
  • Demonstrate ongoing and regular Clinical Supervision for a period of 12 months.
  • Demonstrate continuous Professional Development in the area of Trauma.
  • Possess a Post Graduate Degree at Masters level or higher in an area deemed relevant by Victims Services including, but not limited to:
    - Social Work
    - Clinical Psychology
    - Clinical Neuropsychology
    - Counselling Psychology
    - Forensic Psychology

The Post Graduate Degree MUST include components of professional training and supervised experience and must be of at least two years full time duration or equivalent. Qualifications should be accredited by the appropriate body or deemed equivalent of an overseas qualification by the Australian professional body or registration body.

To apply to be a specialist counsellor please email Victims Services for a copy of the application.