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Additional information

body or mind

Mind

Field

Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Neither

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Alone, Busy Environment, Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Addictions counsellor

Addictions counsellors fall under the umbrella of psychology as the basis for this career.  It’s estimated that around 11% of South Africans suffer from different forms of addictions. 

As an addictions counsellor, your role will be to help change the patterns of addicts and to help them understand the underlying factors of why they are addicts. 

Often as an addictions counsellor, you’ll liaise directly with the patient’s family as well as providing community education on addiction issues. 

Required Qualifications

To become an addictions counsellor in South Africa, you will typically need the following qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor Degree with a major in psychology, after which you’ll need a further Honours Degree in Psychology.
  2. Internship (6-month internship under the supervision of a registered psychologist)

Note that you’ll need to pass a national examination of the Professional Board for Psychology.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects:

  • You will need an NSC or NC(V) certificate.
  • Requirements for the various tertiary institutions to study psychology may vary, so it’s best to visit the websites of the various institutions below.

Employment Opportunities

Qualified addictions counsellor in South Africa can either seek employment with a company, clinic or hospital or go into private practise, depending on your qualification. 

You will need to register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work.

You will always need to treat your patients within your specific discipline and according to the guidelines, ethics and legalities outlined by the HPCSA and the Department of Health.

Further Information

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