Counselling skills can be useful in many types of positions where it’s necessary to deal with others in a professional, caring way. Counsellors assist people to work though their own problems and issues by acting as a non-judgemental guide.
Studying to become a counsellor is an interesting and fulfilling way of giving back to a community or working environment. Counselling skills can also be useful for those who work in roles where they have lots of contact with diverse individuals, and need the skills to deal with them in a caring and helpful way.
This course can be your first step towards a career in this sector or can formalise skills you are relying on for a current role. The Diploma of Counselling CHC51712 is a fully comprehensive course which is taught in a practical, entry-level method of delivery. A Structured Workplace Learning component is also included, giving you real experience to learn about the industry and to build up your contact base.
This course will teach you how to develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management and build an effective working relationship with your client. You'll also learn how to apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills.
Delivered by Open Colleges in partnership with industry leader Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT), this course is perfect for caring individuals who want to make a meaningful difference in their clients’ lives.
Partnership with ICM Training
Open Colleges, Australia's leading distance education provider, has partnered with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (National Provider Number 90197) to promote and provide access to the Diploma of Counselling CHC51712 , which is delivered through online education supported by work placement activity.
Potential career outcomes
- Telephone counsellor
- Government Support Services
- Community Organisations
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- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 24 months
- Course fees from
- $104.03 per week
- Delivery mode
- Online with Work Placement
- Nationally recognised
Case studies, short answer questions, research tasks, logbook, attendance report, workplace portfolio, interviews
- National Code
- Awarded By
- Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd
- Associated With
Counselling: Study Period 1
- CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework
Counselling: Study Period 2
- CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework
- HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship
- CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services
Counselling: Study Period 3
- CHCCSL504A Apply personality & development theories
- CHCCSL505A Apply learning theories in counselling
- CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues
- CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes
Counselling: Study Period 4
- CHCCSL508B Apply legal & ethical responsibilities in counselling practice
- HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
- CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
- CHCCSL509A Reflect & improve upon counselling skills
- CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk
Counselling: Study Period 5
- CHCCS403C Provide brief intervention
- CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief
- CHCICS405B Facilitate groups for individual outcomes
- Counselling: Study Period 1
You will need to have completed Year 12, or equivalent.
To gain entry into this qualification it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level. The work experience will have been achieved in a role involving:
- The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
- The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
- The application of relevant technical and other skills.
As the role of a counsellor involves working with individuals or families who are in distress, a level of personal maturity is required. Therefore it is recommended that individuals are at least 21 and have had some life experience.
Entry to this course requires English proficiency to Year 12 level, or equivalent, or completion of an approved English language test (see below):
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet)
You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2007 or equivalent
- Broadband Internet Connection
- 2GB of Ram
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Adobe Reader X or equivalent
Specific requirements for Windows users:
- Microsoft Windows XP or higher (Windows 7 or higher is recommended)
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or Higher
Specific requirements for Mac OS users:
- Mac OS X v 10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v 10.6 or higher is recommended
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel processor (2GHz or faster recommended)
You will also need access to a printer and scanner.
You will need access to a digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video and image files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
As part of this course you are required to undertake 200 hours of Structured Workplace Learning in an appropriate workplace, supervised by a qualified staff member. You will also need to secure your own Work Placement, however Open Colleges can provide advice and direction through our Work Placement Support Team.
There are a number of statutory checks required by workplaces, such as a Criminal Record Check. These may vary by state. In addition, individual workplaces may impose additional requirements on students undertaking work placement. You will be responsible for the costs of any such checks or requirements. Please see the Workplace Assessment Guide for details on the individual statutory requirements for your state or territory.
To receive a comprehensive guide to undertaking work placement for this course, submit your details in the enquiry box on the top right of this page.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Counselling CHC51712 may go on to further education in this field.
Dr Marilyn Dunn-Bernstein
Marilyn Dunn-Bernstein is an eminent educator with nearly 40 years of experience. Marilyn has taught in a range of educational environments and roles, ranging from high school vice-principal to university lecturer and PhD supervisor. Amongst her many qualifications, she holds a Ph.D. in Education, a Master’s in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Human Behaviour. For a significant part of her career, Marilyn has participated in running international workshops in Australia, South Africa, Israel and New Zealand on learning enhancement and cognitive modifiability.
Maurice Benfredj has studied nearly 50 courses with Open Colleges, and holds qualifications from other distance education providers. Maurice works at a counselling and psychotherapy practice in Adelaide, where he has amassed extensive practical experience in conflict-resolution and mediation. Maurice also trains students in Open Colleges' Certificate in Beginner’s German. He holds Bachelor’s in Arts, Science and Education, along with three graduate diplomas, a Master of Arts and Master of Letters.
Toni Bailey is a registered and qualified clinical counsellor, trainer and hypnotherapist who has been in private practice for the past 15 years. Toni has worked as an educator and coach focusing on team leadership, development, facilitating various groups, and coaching individuals, teams and small business. She aims to make learning an experience which will enable her students to begin their counseling careers with solid skills and ethics.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Community Counselling Association.
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