Cyrenian House Volunteer Drug and Alcohol Counsellors Training Program

About the program

Cyrenian House runs an annual Volunteer Drug and Alcohol Counsellors’ Training Program across all its metropolitan based services. This program was established in 2012 using the Helping Change: the Drug and Alcohol Counsellors’ Training Package developed by Drug and Alcohol Office and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology.

There are two major components to the program:

  1. An intensive training program comprising 20 four-hour workshops in both general and addiction counselling skills. Training sessions take place on Saturday morning from am to pm. Sessions cover general counselling skills including active listening, empathy, reflection of feelings, use of questions, supervision and confidentiality. Alcohol and other drug counselling skills include raising the issue of alcohol and other drug use, assessment, motivational interviewing, problem solving and goal setting, relapse and giving up.
  1. A 12-month placement at one of Cyrenian’s treatment services (Perth, Warwick and Joondalup), in which volunteer counsellors provide a counselling service to agency clients. During this part of the program all counsellors are assigned to an experienced supervisor who is responsible for the management of their cases. Volunteers are required to complete a four-hour placement per week and will receive one hours’ supervision twice a month.

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed. Applications for the 2021 program will open in March 2021 and be accessible via the website.