Counselling in Australia is known to be one of the prominent career scopes. With the rising usage of technology and social media, researchers take note of the increase in youngster’s mental health conditions.
In a recent study, it was found that one in five Australians showed symptoms of mental health during the 12-month duration of the survey, while 14.4% showed anxiety, 6.2% showed affective disorders and 5.1% of substance abuse.
And with this rise in mental health, we view the need for counselling in Australia and the huge role they play in society.
The Australian Counselling Association is one of the most prominent Australian counselling organisations that was created to provide a more organisational approach to counselling while maintaining and improving the professional standards of counselling in the country while liaising with the government to play as a medium between the people and the country.
The ACA have created guidelines and standards for the counsellors that include:
• Responsibility, where the counsellor must take full responsibility for the decision they make with their clients
• Ethics, where the counsellor must establish an ethical relationship with his/her client
• Measures, where the counsellor needs to take measures in provide the correct form of dealing with the client
• Privacy, all matters discussed between counsellor and client should remain private
• Care, counsellors need to care for their clients so that, even during breaks from counselling, the client can be left alone, and in good shape.
While these are only some of the most important ACA rulings, the ACA has provided more on that topic in a detailed guideline that shares the responsibility to the client, the responsibility to other counselors, client self-determination, breaks and endings with clients, responsibility to colleagues and others, responsibilities to the wider community law, resolving conflicts between ethical priorities, amongst others.
While the ACA does its’ job just fine, for Australians, a new form of counselling could be taking to ground: online counselling, where the counsellor abides by the rules of counsels, and the client is free to get the treatment he needs in the comfort of his home.