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Updated on - October 6th 2019 by Rachit Agrawal

Overview

Counselling is the process of listening to people and providing expert advice on issues related to different fields. Counselling can be associated with different domains such as psychology, education and more. People need professional assistance to resolve psychological issues. This is done through seeking the counsel of trained and professional counsellors, who have the actual knowledge to guide one through that course of life. If in case of any emotional instability, the counsellors know to handle the matter with the utmost sensitivity. When one needs guidance on what career path to continue on in life, one seeks a career counsellor.

So, to take up counselling as a career and to become a counsellor one has to acquire a degree for the same, ensuring credibility to your clients in sensitive times. Do you think that you enjoy consulting your family and friends over matters and they find your advice helpful? Do you support people and help them to provide direction in their lives? Maybe the profession of a counsellor is the correct one for you. Like any other area of profession, counselling also has three stages, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate, each course increasing your knowledge, experience and chance at success in the field.

From family counselling, rehabilitation and addiction counselling to mental health counsellors and career counsellors, there are many vast arrays in which one can delve into in counselling.

 

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Degrees

Undergraduate: BA/BSc in Counselling

Postgraduate: MA/Msc in Counselling

Doctorate in Counselling opens as an option after Masters.

Types

  • Family and Marriage Counselling
  • Career Counselling
  • Substance Abuse Counselling
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Mental Health Counselling
  • Educational Counselling

 

Exams

For undergraduate, SAT and ACT are recommended, depending on the university.

After a graduate degree, especially in a similar field/specialization, some universities ask scores of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

IELTS and TOEFL which determine the language proficiency of an individual, are also used for entrances in colleges for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

 

Course Details

The Bachelors in counselling degree is a 3-4-year course, depending on the university at the undergraduate level in many universities across the world, while the master’s degree lasts a year or two. Although many online courses are available, attending a real-life college ensures a holistic sense of development in oneself, helping to develop oneself as an extrovert and extend the ability to make relations, one of the most important parts of being a counsellor, maintaining a counsellor-counselee relationship. A course that requires a genuine passion to actually understand the human mind, patience to deal with troubled patients, the academic qualities required to understand the complexity of the brain and a natural empathy for people, this is not for every layman walking around. As one should practice what they preach, emotional trouble or inadequacy of knowledge on their part can prove deadly for the patient. Someone with the capability to handle strenuous relationships with family and friends and with high emotional endurance will flourish in the field due to a stable mind, and a stable mind only can guide and counsel others. Universities generally require maturity and problem-solving abilities in their potential students to handle the overall course and graduate as counsellors, ready to solve problems in the world.

 

Salary Details

The average annual salary of a counsellor is $40,000, greatly varying on one’s practice, goodwill, the stream of counselling, level of counselling i.e. works for a school/clinic or runs one’s own clinic, etc.

 

Scope

As we all know, problems with anything and everything are increasing in the world continuously. With increasing competition, the demand for career counsellors is on the rise, and with increasing materialism and domestic issues, family and marriage counsellors are in top demand. As narcotic drugs are widespread over the world, addiction and medical help counsellors are needed. The scope is vast, and the chance to serve and help the world should induce more and more people to join this sector.

 

Top Universities

  • University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • Harvard University, USA
  • Massachusetts University of Technology, USA
  • Yale University, USA
  • New York University, USA
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • University of British Columbia, Canada

 

 

Course Details

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate

Duration

Undergraduate: 3-4 years

Postgraduate: 1-2 years

Type

BA/BSc and MA/MSc

Eligibility

For Bachelor’s: Must have completed 12th from CBSE or ISC. For Master’s: Must have completed Bachelors in a relevant field, preferably in counselling or any other medical related field.

Admission Process

  • Identifying countries and universities according to your suitability.
  • Filling out application forms of universities, submitting required documents, personal statements, letters of recommendation, work experience (For masters), etc.
  • Taking required tests like SAT/ACT/GRE (For Masters)/IELTS/TOEFL.
  • Reporting scores to universities.
  • Completing the admission process by giving an interview, if required.
  • Pay required an initial deposit to confirm admission if selected.

Course Fee

Course Fee ranges from $25,000-50,000, depending on country and university.

Average Salary

Average salary per annum is $40,000

Top Recruiters

Schools, Rehabilitation Centres, Clinics, NGOs, Corporate HR divisions, social development agencies, etc.

 

Top Universities

Bachelors and Masters in counselling are offered by many leading universities especially in countries like USA, UK etc. Student can choose by taking a return on investment, tuition fees, location, accessibility, prestige, core syllabus of course, etc under consideration to choose. Some universities are as follows:

University

Location

Annual Tuition Fees (Approx.)

University of Glasgow

University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK

17000 GBP

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

$47000

Yale University

 New Haven, CT 06520, USA

$49,000

Massachusetts University of Technology

77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

$50,000

New York University

New York, NY 10003, USA

$49,000

 

Requirement and Eligibility

Academic Requirements

  • Interested students must have completed class 12th with either the CBSE (All-India SSC) or CISCE (ISC) board
  • Must have completed bachelors in a relevant field. (For Masters)

Exams

  • English proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL will help in getting into top universities.
  • GRE will help students to get into top universities for Masters and SAT at the undergraduate level.

Work Experience

Recommended for Masters

Other Requirements

  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Statement of Purpose

 

Admission Procedure

  • Identifying countries and universities according to your suitability.
  • Filling out application forms of universities, submitting required documents, personal statements, letters of recommendation, work experience proof, etc.
  • Taking required tests like the SAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL and reporting scores to universities
  • Completing the admission process by giving interview, if required.
  • Pay required an initial deposit to confirm admission if selected.

The different tests that can be given and the links to their websites are as follows:

 

Course and Syllabus

The following table will discuss the different subjects available, their inside topics and how they will help in life and prove their importance. Subjects differ, according to university and specialisation, and these are only some of the main subjects common to every specialization.

 

Subject

Topics Covered

Objective

Fundamentals of Psychology

Rules, theories, etc of psychology

The first and foremost core subject of counselling, it extensively equips students with its understanding and handling.

Mental Health

Mental problems, anxiety and stress disorders, etc.

Familiarises students with mental health issues and disorders, and how one can help in treating and diagnosing them.

Ethics

Counsellor Ethics

All bodies have a set of rules/ethics that each counsellor should/must follow

 

 

Fee

The following table shows previously mentioned universities’ tuition fees as well as living costs, thus giving a more holistic insight on the total expenses one incurs, as each country has different living costs, varying hugely in some cases.

University

Annual Tuition Fees (Approx.)

Living costs

University of Glasgow

17000 GBP

£12-15,000

Harvard University

$47000

$25,000

Yale University

$49,000

$25,000

Massachusetts University of Technology

$50,000

$25,000

New York University

$49,000

$25,000

 

 

Career Scope

With huge employment opportunities and potential in the field, it is one of the most successful professions in India and abroad. It enables one to develop their knowledge, problem-solving abilities, mental and cognitive abilities. It is also suitable for people who want to teach counselling/psychology in universities and educational institutions. People can work in a job as well as open their own clinics/firms, and with the motive to help others, one can actually reach the sky level of success in this field. Some key employment areas in counselling are:

  • Community Healthcare Centres
  • Rehabilitation Centres
  • Juvenile Detention Centres
  • Career Counselling Agencies
  • Academic Institutions/Schools
  • Universities
  • Private Clinics
  • Mental Health Hospitals and Clinics
  • NGOs

 

Job Scope

With many job options in a wide array of areas, finding jobs after doing this degree, especially after master’s can be easy and fruitful. Due to the inheritance of experience with time, employment opportunities and earning potential increases tenfold. These countries in the world i.e. Australia, Canada, UK, USA, etc have a lot of scope. Some of the following jobs with average salaries per annum are as follows:

 

Job

Average Salary per annum (Approximate)

Psychologist

$50,000

Social Worker

$40,000

School Counsellor

$40,000

Mental Health Counsellor

$43,000

Clinical Psychologist

$55,000