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CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

National ID: CHC51015 State ID: AZA0
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Gain a competitive edge to employment in this fast-growing industry

This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work with clients experiencing complex situations requiring advanced interviewing and communication skills in a community services setting. 
Our counselling qualification focuses on giving you the necessary skills to communicate effectively, work within a case management framework, apply core counselling methodologies to assist your clients and establish and maintain positive relationships in community services work.

During the course you will gain industry experience and grow your expertise. You may find yourself working  in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence, housing, adolescent development, or parenting and relationships - completing this course will give you a competitive edge to secure employment in this fast-growing industry.

The Diploma of Counselling may be of particular interest to graduates of Diploma or higher qualifications in Community Services, Youth Work, Mental Health, Allied Health or applicants already working in these industries wanting to acquire counselling skills as an additional skill to your core profession.

This course will be delivered through a combination of online and on campus training.
The online delivery will be done via Collaborate sessions (on Blackboard), which are live classes run online with a lecturer taking you through the training.
Students will not be disadvantaged if they are not able to come onto campus.
On campus sessions will be run in smaller groups in class where there are practical skills and assessments to be performed.

This course may require you to undertake a placement or live works activity in a workplace associated with the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. This means that you may be required to be triple dose vaccinated before commencing your course and/or placement. Please follow instructions/advice provided to you during enrolment/orientation.

  • Build and facilitate counselling relationships with clients
  • Reflect on and improve your own professional practice
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • Research and apply personality and development theories
  • Work legally and ethically

I have the following attributes:

  • 18+ years of age
  • Able to undertake research and apply myself to self directed activities
  • Broad-minded and non-judgemental
  • Able to keep information confidential
  • Able to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures

Please also consider the following carefully before enrolling; some units within this course may be triggering for people who have experienced trauma, mental health issues, alcohol and other drug issues, risk of suicide and/or crisis. Please ensure you have sufficient support networks for the duration of your study.

The Diploma of Counselling may be of particular interest to graduates of Diploma or higher qualifications in Community Services.

We recommend that you are over the age of 18 before enrolling in this course as the fieldwork placement and employment outcomes are very limited for students under the age of 18.

* You will need to be enrolled in the appropriate units to be offered a work placement - it is not a standard for all enrolments.

Students enrolled in Community Services courses are encouraged to complete First Aid training.
You may also need a Working With Children Check (WWC) and/or a National Police Clearance before undertaking a work placement.
This will depend upon the organisation or agency you do your work placement with. Applications for these are not included as part of your course and will incur additional costs. 

To successfully engage in Collaborate sessions you'll need access to a computer, WiFi and a set headphones. If you do not have these, you can access computers in the library on your campus or local libraries and of course WiFi on campus. The library also has a limited number of devices that students can borrow.

Please also consider the following carefully before enrolling; some units within this skill set may be triggering for people who have experienced trauma, mental health issues, alcohol and other drug issues, risk of suicide and/or crisis. Please ensure you have sufficient support networks for the duration of your study.

The Diploma of Counselling is available as a broad-based qualification with a focus on community services work. 

At this level support workers and case workers may provide day-to-day support in community settings and provide assistance with entitlements and benefits under the broad direction of others.

Completion may lead to university study in Social Science/Work, Psychology, Counselling, or Youth Work.

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