Counselling Training in Social Work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Are we There yet?


  • Barbara Staniforth University of Auckland
  • Petro Booysen University of Auckland


Social Work, Counselling, Training


The role of counselling in social work has at times been contentious, but social workers often engage in counselling tasks. This article explores the results of two studies that have enquired into counselling in social work with a particular emphasis on the role of training for this practice. Results from these studies show that social workers at times do not feel adequately prepared by their qualifying social work training to conduct counselling within their work. Many have sought additional counselling training, and many indicated a desire for future or ongoing training. Potential models for training are proposed and possible impediments to further training are explored.

Author Biographies

Barbara Staniforth, University of Auckland

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Petro Booysen, University of Auckland

Private practitioner, Wellington, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education and Social Work


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