Work to support families and community development

TAFE SA community and family services graduates can pursue careers in community development. The community services sector includes roles with children, older people and people with disabilities, as well as refugees and people in need of advocacy. You could also find employment delivering recreation, education or employment programs that benefit communities.

Our counselling courses can lead to a range of roles in the community services sector. Topics covered include counselling practice, risk, ethics and cultural diversity. Financial counsellors provide a specialist service, working with people facing debt and other financial issues. 

* Eligibility criteria applies. See course details to check if you meet the requirements for funding.

Video: Community Services

Tim works at Life Without Barriers as a Case Manager for a homeless support plan, and Angela is a mental support worker. Listen as they tell their stories about their time at TAFE SA and the practical family, youth and community services training that they underwent at Bower Place.

Bower Place

Bower Place is a counselling and research facility in Gawler Place, adjacent to Rundle Mall. TAFE SA delivers a number of community services qualifications through Bower Place, where students have the opportunity to work alongside highly skilled practitioners and clients in the Complex Need Clinic (CNC), developing skills in being first point of contact for clients.

Students gain knowledge, skills and experience within a confidential, professional counselling context, where people are seeking assistance for a wide range of family, relationship, emotional, mental health & behavioural difficulties.

Students generally attend Bower Place one day a week and develop further skills and knowledge through face-to-face workshops, e-learning opportunities and vocational placements in other community services settings.

Bower Place is a real-life community services clinic. Listen to Kelly as she explains how TAFE SA students undergo practical family, youth and community services training in a workplace environment. Students deal with real clients and complex real-life issues whilst working alongside professional practitioners. This hands-on training provides students with the necessary skills to obtain work in the industry.