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Diploma of Counselling

CHC51015

  • This Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) is open to almost anyone – you can gain entry via a test if you don’t have a Year 12 qualification
  • Option to use this diploma towards a counselling degree later if you wish
  • Gain practical skills with a combination of online study & face-to-face workshops

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Provider

Australian College of Applied Psychology (RTO 0500)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Prerequisites

Year 12 Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency) or Certificate IV in a non-trade area

Location

NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

SA - Adelaide

VIC - Melbourne

Online

Work placement

No placement; practical skills are gained through workshops

Course length
Full-time: 1 year | Part-time: 3 years
Study mode

Online

Blended

In-class


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Practical assessments & projects
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Provider
Australian College of Applied Psychology (RTO 0500)

The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) specialises in applied psychology and counselling courses.

The College has over 20 years' experience in the industry, and is a member of key associations including the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Navitas Professional Institute Pty Ltd (RTO 0500) trading as Australian College of Applied Psychology

Payment options

Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

Upfront payment

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Price
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Prerequisites

  • Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • Certificate IV qualification in a non-trade area, OR
  • Successful completion of the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy

If you pay for the course using a VET FEE-HELP government loan, you need to:

  • provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (from an Australian agency), OR
  • successfully complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test.

What you'll learn

You'll gain counselling and communication skills that you can use in your existing role, and learn how to support people through difficult situations, as well as:

  • Communications skills
  • Knowledge of a range of commonly used counseling modalities
  • Referral skills
  • The ability to work within an organizations policies and procedures

Practical workshops

All students will gain practical counselling skills through on-campus workshops.

If you study online, you will need to attend a total of 13 days of on-campus workshops throughout the course. These workshops are held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

Course structure

9 units

Core units

  1. Counselling & communication skills


    This subject covers the skills and knowledge required to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor-client relationship according to the agency’s counselling model. You will learn the micro-skills of counselling and specialist communication skills to facilitate the counselling process.

    Content Areas

    • Initial counselling session
    • Counselling plans and contracts
    • Recording and reporting the counselling process
    • Specialist communication skills
    • Counselling micro-skills
    • Advanced counselling skills
    • Monitoring and reviewing communication skills
    • Referral and reporting

    Units of competency:
    CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    CHCCSL002 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

  2. Counselling process & relationship


    This subject is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work though concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion. You will gain an understanding of effective counselling relationships and the skills needed to initiate and facilitate ongoing counselling relationships within an ethical and legal framework.

    Content Areas

    • Key stages of the counselling process
    • Counselling relationship
    • Referral process
    • Monitoring and reviewing the counselling process
    • Ending the counselling process
    • Recording and reporting the counselling process
    • Self - awareness
    • Legal and ethical considerations
    • Workplace practice
    • Managing ethical challenges and dilemmas

    Units of competency:
    CHCCSL003 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
    CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically

  3. Working with diversity


    This subject is designed to provide you with the awareness, skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and to work respectfully with culturally diverse clients and co-workers. Skills and knowledge developed in this subject are intended to be applied in a variety of workplace contexts.

    Content Areas

    • Cultural diversity
    • Cultural diversity and Indigenous Australians
    • Attitudes, stereotypes and bias
    • Communicating effectively to develop and maintain culturally diverse relationships
    • Awareness and appreciation of diversity
    • Cross-cultural misunderstandings and conflict
    • Developing workplace policies on cultural safety
    • Monitoring and evaluating cultural safety practices
    • Working in partnership with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People

    Units of competency:
    CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  4. Crisis intervention & case management


    This subject is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to provide crisis intervention support and facilitate all aspects of case planning. Skills and knowledge developed in this subject are intended to be applied in a range of community service contexts.

    Content Areas

    • Legal and ethical consideration relevant to recognising and responding to crisis situations
    • Organisation policies and procedures for responding to crisis situations
    • Common indicators or signs of crisis in other people
    • Personal values, beliefs and attitudes that facilitate or impede crisis care
    • Principles and practices of crisis intervention
    • Referral options and procedures for accessing services
    • Principles and practices of self-care and supervision
    • Case management boundaries and processes
    • Case management meeting
    • Approaches to case management
    • Case management plans
    • Contemporary behaviour change models, practices and interventions
    • Formal meeting processes

    Units of competency:
    CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

  5. Applied counselling therapies


    This subject is designed to enable you to use a range of counselling therapies to assist clients in dealing with a variety of life issues. You will also develop the knowledge and skills required to support clients in planning a course of action. Skills and knowledge developed in this subject are intended to be applied in the context of counselling work and in delivery of a range of community services. Additional knowledge may be required to address specific workplace requirements.

    Content Areas

    • Counselling therapies
    • Selecting appropriate counselling therapies
    • Evaluating counselling therapies
    • Working with specific issues
    • Social, legal and ethical issues in counselling
    • Decision – making processes and models
    • Problem solving
    • Action planning
    • Documentation
    • Counsellor supervision and support

    Unit of competency:
    CHCCSL006 - Select and use counselling therapies
    CHCCSL007 - Support clients in decision-making processes

  6. Theories of counselling


    This subject is designed to provide you with an introduction to the application of key concepts and constructs underlying theories of personality and human development and learning theory. You will also develop the skills and knowledge required to research and to integrate human development and personality theory into counselling practice and develop and implement programs for change.

    Content Areas

    • Personality and Development Theories:
      • Nature and nurture
      • Genetic inheritance
      • Lifespan development theories
      • Freudian concepts
      • Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
      • Erikson’s psychosocial stages
      • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
      • Bowlby’s attachment theory
    • Learning theories
    • Principles and practices of learning theories
    • Learning theories and application to counselling practice
    • Environmental influences
    • Developing programs for behaviour change
    Unit of competency:
    CHCCSL004 - Research and apply personality and development theories
    CHCCSL005 - Apply learning theories in counselling
  7. Reflective professional practice


    This subject is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to undertake a structured approach to evaluate your own work, and to undertake continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice. The skills and knowledge developed in this subject are intended to be applied in a variety of community service contexts.

    Content Areas

    • Legal and ethical considerations for reviewing and improving own practice
    • Models and processes of professional reflection
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Setting professional goals
    • Methods and practices to improve performance
    • Types of learning styles
    • Feedback

    Units of competency:
    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  8. Group work & domestic violence


    This subject is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to plan, facilitate and evaluate a group process within the context of family and domestic violence clients. Students will apply the interpersonal skills developed in previous subjects to identify client needs, develop rapport with group participants and facilitate the group process.

    Content Areas

    • Legal and ethical considerations for group work and interactions with clients affected by domestic and family violence
    • Principles and processes of strengths-based practice
    • Types and purposes of groups
    • Resources for group activities
    • Dynamics of groups and group behaviour
    • Processes and techniques for engaging group participants
    • Managing group planning processes
    • Models of group development and stages of change
    • Social, historical, political and economic context of domestic violence
    • Types and nature of domestic violence
    • Myths, beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding domestic violence
    • Values and philosophies in responding to domestic and family violence
    • Referral sources and associated protocols
    • Own values and attitudes and their potential impact on clients.

    Units of competency:
    Elective: CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
    Elective: CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

  9. Trauma & mental health


    In this subject students will learn to adopt a person-centred and trauma informed approach to support clients affected by mental health and/or trauma in a community services context. This will involve working collaboratively with a variety of health and community service professionals to support the client, their carer/s and family.

    Units of comptency:
    Elective: CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
    Elective: CHCMHS013 - Implement trauma informed care

Upon completion, you may apply for admission into ACAP's Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Bachelor of Counselling or Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) with advanced standing equivalent to 8 modules.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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