What are my career opportunities in Trauma Counselling?


I found your info on the internet and I was wondering of you could assist me with some information.

I just completed my BA in psychology but I am working in an unrelated field. I am contemplating doing my honors in trauma counseling but I am not sure of the career possibilities. Could you give me some type of indication? I am looking for a career change and this is something I am drawn to.

Thank you, I really appreciate your assistance.


I trust this mail finds you well.

If you decide to do Honours in trauma counselling then once completed you can do a practical internship in trauma counselling through UNISA and can write a board exam for the Health Professions Council of SA to become a registered counsellor. Once you are a registered trauma counsellor then you can practice as a trauma counsellor on an independent basis or you can work with a company doing trauma counselling.

If you just decide to do your Honours in trauma counselling then you will still be able to be a trauma counsellor but may not necessarily practice independently, but can work or volunteer as a trauma counsellor at an organisation. It is better to become a registered trauma counsellor because you can charge medical aid rates which is easier for clients. Or you can work in a company that offers face-to-face or telephonic trauma counselling.

Your main career path would thus be to practice as a trauma counsellor. There are also many places you can volunteer as a counsellor whilst you do your Honours, such as the Police station or Victim support centre near you.

I hope this answers your question and if you have any questions about doing a trauma counselling internship through UNISA you can call them or email them for more info; it is called the BPSYCH Equivalence programme. HospiVision is also an organisation based in Pretoria which helps with UNISA trauma counselling internships, training and volunteering. You can also look them up on the internet.

Have a great day!

Kind Regards,

Kerry Wheater
Trauma Support Coordinator


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2 thoughts on “What are my career opportunities in Trauma Counselling?

  • June 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    am finishing my ba health science and soc services degree with unisa am un employed currently would want to study psychology further the dilemma i have now is where can i find work with my current qualification. What jobs hould i be looking at.I was also looking into doing trauma or addiction counselling courses or hiv/aids am undecided really its a tough market to crack, Any suggestions.

  • November 27, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I there the above information is incorrect as I completed my Honours in Psychology with Unisa last year with intention of doing and internship in counselling this year. I was then told by Unisa last year that they do not offer the internship anymore as the HPCSA does not a accept Unisa’s students. This was very disappointing to hear as I worked very hard at this course do you know of any other institutions that I can complete my internship with and that comply with the HPCSA’s prerequisites?

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