Training for volunteers

This training program is for people committed to becoming a volunteer alcohol and other drugs counsellor.

Applications for the 2017 program will be advertised in March 2017 in The West Australian newspaper and on the Mental Health Commission website.

What does training involve?

Successful applicants attend weekly training sessions for 18 weeks while learning counselling skills taught by specialists in the drug and alcohol sector, and related fields. 
Volunteers are then placed within an alcohol and other drugs agency for approximately 12 months where they volunteer for a minimum of four hours each week. Experienced counsellors provide ongoing supervision during this period.

Who can become a volunteer drug and alcohol counsellor?

You will need:

  • a non-judgemental attitude and an open mind about people affected by alcohol and other drugs
  • knowledge, interest or background in the alcohol and other drugs field
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • a commitment to working with adults and young people with legal and illegal drug-related problems
  • the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds who have different needs

People who have experienced alcohol and other drug problems within the past two years are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

The program is advertised in The West Australian newspaper each year in early March. Applicants are shortlisted and successful applicants are invited for an interview in May. Training for successful applicants starts in early June.

For more information contact AOD.training@mhc.wa.gov.au or phone (08) 6553 0560.