Diploma of Counselling


  • Gain you the skills & knowledge to begin a rewarding career in the community services sector with this Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)
  • Get practical experience through industry placement - graduate ready to step into a job
  • Online or on-campus study options available

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Study mode



Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

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

NSW - Sydney


Work placement

100 hours in total

Course length
Full-time: 1 year | Part-time: 1.5 years
Study mode




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


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


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

Written & practical assessments
Start date

Six intakes per year.

Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) provides flexible, industry-based training in counselling and psychotherapy.

The college has a strong reputation in the industry for producing highly competent graduates.

Jansen Newman Institute courses feature:

  • Practical training – so you graduate with the skills to step into a job
  • Flexible study options – so you can fit study around your life
  • The option to study at an accelerated rate – so you can finish your course sooner and start your career

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd (RTO 0269) trading as Jansen Newman Institute


The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


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

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 will develop skills in:

  • Communication
  • Working with diverse individuals
  • Problem solving
  • Planning and organisation
  • Self-management
  • Networking and referral
  • Case management

Work placement

This course includes a total of 100 hours of professional work placement.

This industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

9 units


  1. The counselling relationship

    An introduction into communication and counselling skills used in forming a relationship with the client.

    Unit of competency:
    CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

  2. Human development theories

    An introduction into the development to human behaviour from birth to old age.

    Unit of competency:
    CHCCSL004 - Research and apply personality and development theories

  3. Cultural diversity

    Develop an understanding and knowledge of diversity in our society today.

    Units of competency:
    CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCDEV002 - Analyse impacts of social factors on clients in community work and services

  4. Counselling skills & techniques

    Learn about 6 different counselling modalities and their practice.

    Units of competency:
    CHCCSL002 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
    CHCCSL006 - Select and use counselling therapies
    CHCCSL003 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

  5. Reflective practice

    Develop personal safety practices as a counsellor and ethical practice.

    Units of competency:
    CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
    CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  6. Case management processes

    Essential knowledge for a community worker.

    Units of competency:
    CHCCSL007 - Support counselling clients in decision-making process
    CHCCSM005 - Develop facilitate and review all aspects of case management

  7. Facilitation of groups

    Develop skills as a group facilitator, an important tool in your professional kit bag.

    Units of competency:
    CHCCSL005 - Research and apply learning theories in counselling
    CHCGRP003 - Plan facilitate and review psycho-educational groups

  8. Trauma informed counselling

    A new area of work for many working as community workers.

    Units of competency:
    CHCCCS019 - Recognize and respond to situations of risk
    CHCCCS017 - Provide loss and grief support

  9. Counselling in the mental health sector

    Final subject of study in a key area of employment for community workers.

    Unit of competency:
    CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

Jansen Newman Institute offers a comprehensive support for all students.

You will receive one-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills.

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