Diploma of Counselling

Counselling is recognised as one of the most personally enriching careers.

Whether you are interested in counselling to support your professional activities or for personal development and interest, it is a highly valuable skill set. Many of our students want to learn counselling to develop their natural helping skills. The advanced communication techniques and counselling therapies will help formalise your natural empathy. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of yourself and why people behave the way they do, as well as be able to provide more effective support to those around you.

Counselling skills are also a valuable addition to numerous people-orientated professions - such as psychologists, social workers, teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators. The advanced communication and counselling skills will help you perform more effectively in your professional role. We invite you to enrol in the Campus Diploma of Counselling and embark on this personally and professionally enriching journey.

Benchmarked
Course
This course is benchmarked against the accredited AQF qualification.
Multi-Choice
Assessments
The assessment for each unit is completed via our online learning portal using multiple choice questions.
Video Learning
Material
This program contains video components to assist and enhance your learning experience.
Phone
Support
Our team of Education Advisors will assist with your academic queries.
Tutor
Support
Dedicated tutors are available to assist with your studies.
Presentation
Qualification
On successful completion of your program, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Up-front payment

$1,495.00

Payment Plan

$325.00 x 6

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Coursework Provider
Coursework for this program is provided by AIPC.
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Course Delivery
Online Self Learning Study anywhere in the world
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Qualification
This is a Benchmarked program (non-AQF accredited award). For more information on Benchmarked programs, please click here.
Duration
Self Paced
Start Date
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Course Inclusions
  • Full Course
  • FREE Super Learner Program
  • FREE Annual Training Credits
  • Statement of Achievement
  • Statement of Academic Record
  • Benchmarked Course™ Explainer

Course Structure

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Unit # Title Benchmarked to
Unit 1 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001

Title: Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

Helping professionals need to follow specific good practice policies and procedures when they come into contact with clients. This unit will teach you how to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor client relationship This unit is highly relevant for professionals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within a framework of policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL001

Unit 2 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002

Title: Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

The counselling interview is a fundamental stage in the counselling process. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to use advanced specialised communication during a client-counsellor interaction. This unit is highly relevant for individuals whose role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL002

Unit 3 Support counselling clients in the decision making process CHCCSL007

Title: Support counselling clients in the decision making process

Improved decision-making is a key to positive change. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action. This unit is highly relevant for individuals whose role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL007

Unit 4 Research and apply personality and development theories CHCCSL004

Title: Research and apply personality and development theories

Personality traits are subject to change throughout the lifespan. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to research key concepts and constructs of theories of personality and human development, and link those to counselling practice. This unit is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL004

Unit 5 Research and apply learning theories in counselling CHCCSL005

Title: Research and apply learning theories in counselling

Learning theories are conceptual frameworks that attempt to explain how people learn. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply theory underpinning behaviourism and social learning to formulate and monitor a program for behaviour change in a counselling context. This is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL005

Unit 6 Select and use counselling therapies: Introduction CHCCSL006

Title: Select and use counselling therapies: Introduction

Counsellors can tailor their therapeutic approach by incorporating techniques from various counselling therapies. This unit will provide you with an introduction to different counselling therapies that can be used to meet specific client needs. This unit is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL006

Unit 7 Select and use counselling therapies: CBT CHCCSL006

Title: Select and use counselling therapies: CBT

Counsellors can tailor their therapeutic approach by incorporating techniques from various counselling therapies. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to select and use cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to meet specific client needs. This unit is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL006

Unit 8 Select and use counselling therapies: Solution Focused CHCCSL006

Title: Select and use counselling therapies: Solution Focused

Counsellors can tailor their therapeutic approach by incorporating techniques from various counselling therapies. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to select and use solution focused therapy to meet specific client needs. This unit is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL006

Unit 9 Select and use counselling therapies: ACT CHCCSL006

Title: Select and use counselling therapies: ACT

Counsellors can tailor their therapeutic approach by incorporating techniques from various counselling therapies. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to select and use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to meet specific client needs. This unit is highly relevant for individuals working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL006

Unit 10 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003

Title: Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

Counsellors use an established framework to guide clients through the counselling process. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work through concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion. This unit is highly relevant for individuals who work with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Benchmarked to CHCCSL003

Unit 11 Provide brief interventions CHCCCS014

Title: Provide brief interventions

Brief interventions are used to initiate change for an unhealthy or risky behaviour. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to assess intervention needs, and then to implement and monitor brief intervention strategies for people at various stages of the change process. This unit is highly relevant for individuals in a broad range of community service contexts.

Benchmarked to CHCCCS014

Unit 12 Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017

Title: Provide loss and grief support

The loss of a loved one affects all aspects of the survivor's present and future functioning and can be severely disruptive to the person's psychological health and balance. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. This unit is highly relevant for workers in a range of community services and health contexts.

Benchmarked to CHCCCS017

Unit 13 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005

Title: Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

Case managers play a vital role in the provision of effective support services to clients. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provisions. This unit is highly relevant to workers performing case management duties across a range of health and community services contexts.

Benchmarked to CHCCSM005

Unit 14 Provide individualised support CHCCCS015

Title: Provide individualised support

The individualised plan refers to the support or service provision plan developed for the individual client, and may have many different names in different organisations. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to organise, provide and monitor support services within the limits established by an individualised plan. This unit is highly relevant for individuals who provide support under direct or indirect supervision in any community services or health context.

Benchmarked to CHCCCS015

Unit 15 Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001

Title: Work with people with mental health issues

Support workers may be exposed to people living with mental health issues. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues. This unit is highly relevant to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues.

Benchmarked to CHCMHS001

Unit 16 Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001

Title: Work legally and ethically

In the health and community services context, this unit instructs how to identify and respond to legal requirements, how to identify and meet ethical responsibilities, and how to contribute to workplace improvements. It will provide you with skills and knowledge to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role. This unit is highly relevant for community services and health workers who play a role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

Benchmarked to CHCLEG001

Unit 17 Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019

Title: Recognise and respond to crisis situations

Crisis situations call for quick and effective support interventions. This unit will provide you with skills and knowledge to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services. This unit is highly relevant for any community services worker involved in crisis intervention, whether providing face-to-face, telephone or remote contact support.

Benchmarked to CHCCCS019

Unit 18 Work with diverse people CHCDIV001

Title: Work with diverse people

We live and work in culturally diverse environments. This unit will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to work cohesively with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit is highly relevant to any contemporary workplace environment.

Benchmarked to CHCDIV001

Unit 19 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002

Title: Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island culture is paramount to fostering the inclusion of these groups. The unit will provide you with skills and knowledge to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit is highly relevant to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

Benchmarked to CHCDIV002

Unit 20 Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003

Title: Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Ongoing self-evaluation and self-improvement are crucial attributes to service and practice improvement. This unit will provide you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate and enhance your own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit is highly relevant any individual who takes pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

Benchmarked to CHCPRP003

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Benchmarked Course or Unit?

A Benchmarked Course is a non-accredited qualification, mapped to its government accredited counterpart. Coursework and course material is the same as the accredited version. As such, learners participate in similar learning experience and have the opportunity to acquire similar outcomes.

Why study a Benchmarked Course instead of an accredited course?

A Benchmarked Course provides learners the option to study a course similar to a government accredited program, for a small fraction of the cost. This makes it an ideal option for personal development; professional development; and career development in industries where government accredited qualifications are not required by statutory regulation.

How are courses delivered?

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