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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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Year 12 or Cert IV or successful completion of 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. 

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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

Payment options

Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

Upfront payment

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  • 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

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.

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, meaning you don’t need to pay upfront for the course. Through VET FEE-HELP, the Australian Government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan (including a 20% loan fee) through the tax system once your taxable income is more than the minimum repayment threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

On the 5th October 2016 the Australian Government announced plans to replace the VET FEE-HELP scheme with the VET Student Loans scheme, which are scheduled to apply from the 1st January 2017.

Before choosing to access VET FEE-HELP you should understand the impact of these proposed changes on the VET-FEE HELP scheme, as well as the proposed VET Student Loans program.

The Government has advised that students who access VET-FEE HELP prior to the 31st December 2016 may continue to access the VET FEE-HELP scheme until the 31st December 2017, provided the student notifies the Australian Government Department of Education and Training of this intention by the 31st March 2017. 

To do this, the student needs to complete an online form that will be made available on the Department’s website. If the student does not inform the Department, access to VET-FEE HELP will cease on the 31st March 2017.

If your study continues into 2018, the proposed changes state you may not be able to access VET FEE-HELP after 31st December 2017. However, you may be able to access the new proposed VET Student Loans scheme, depending on the course and provider. For further information and updates, you should regularly check the Australian Government’s proposed changes to student loan schemes.

Find out more about the proposed changes.

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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