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Additional information

body or mind



Medical Field

Boss or Team

Own Boss


Good Communicator

Work With


Math & Science


Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years


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. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path):

  1. You will need to first achieve a Bachelor Degree with a major in psychology, after which you’ll need a further Honours Degree in Psychology.
  2. This will be followed by a 6-month internship under the supervision of a registered psychologist.
  3. 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.


Once qualified, you 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.

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