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Counselling

Counselling offers a young person the opportunity to discuss an issue or talk through their options in a private and safe environment.

Many people participate in counselling as an opportunity to undertake personal development. It is not necessary to “have a problem” to find counselling useful. Counselling can be an essential tool for young people to reduce stress, discuss issues, and identify a course of action. This is important, especially considering the barriers young people face in accessing youth-specific information and confidential space.

Youth Workers are not expected to be trained counsellors, but you can use similar tools in engaging with and supporting young people. Accidental counselling may become a part of a youth workers job, when placed in a situation where a worker may have to take on an informal counselling role. Refer to ‘More Information’ for details on accessing ‘Accidental Counsellor’ training.

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