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Course Description

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling will teach you a range of therapy techniques that you can use to get the best result for your clients. It will also give you the skills necessary to communicate effectively, work within a case management framework, and to refer clients to other services when necessary. Upon completion of the counselling course, you will be job-ready and fully qualified for a career as a professional Counsellor.

In this course, you will learn how to:

•    Apply core counselling methodologies to assist your clients.
•    Establish and maintain positive counselling relationships.
•    Communicate effectively with your clients and co-workers.
•    Work within a case management framework.

Studying Open Colleges’ CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling provides you with a great mix of theory and practice, ensures you get the most up-to-date training for in-demand treatment areas, and makes certain you are able to deal effectively with paperwork and case management.

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.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Why study Diploma Of Counselling?

  • This nationally recognised qualification includes a practical work placement in a setting of your choosing, so you can practice and perfect what you learn.
  • For people wishing to pursue higher education, Open Colleges has formalised a pathway to tertiary study with Charles Sturt University and Southern Cross University, with credit transfers available for selected courses.
  • Credit towards registration (if applied for) with Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Case Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Intake Counsellor

Course Details

Course number E1202
Qualification name CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Workplace assessments, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Requirements

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Physical requirements

The Counselling role demands prioritising situations and managing time. As a counsellor, you may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in crisis. You will also be responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of others.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Subjects

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Provide intake counselling legally and ethically

  • Use a structured approach to counselling
  • Establish the nature of the helping relationship
  • Confirm the helping relationship
  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Working with diversity

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Build the relationship with the client

Therapy covered in this module: Person Centered Therapy

  • Communicate effectively
  • Use specialised counselling interviewing skills
  • Evaluate own communication
  • Support clients to identify concerns
  • Support clients to work through concerns
  • Monitor the counselling process
  • Bring the counselling process to an end

Research and apply counselling theories

Therapy covered in this module: Solution Focused Therapy

  • Research theories of personality and human development
  • Link theories to own practice
  • Update and maintain knowledge of theoretical trends
  • Research learning theories
  • Analyse behavioural outcomes of different modelling and reinforcement influences
  • Formulate a program for change in a counselling context

Use counselling therapies to support people experiencing loss and grief

Therapies covered in this module: Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centered Therapy

  • Select counselling therapies
  • Use counselling therapies
  • Evaluate use of counselling therapies
  • Recognise reactions to loss and grief
  • Engage empathically
  • Offer support and information
  • Care for self
  • Review support provided

Manage case plans for the delivery of problem gambling services

Therapy covered in this module: Narrative Therapy

  • Determine appropriate response to case management in accordance with organisation and legislative requirements
  • Conduct case management meetings
  • Develop an appropriate case management plan
  • Monitor and review case work activities and processes
  • Prepare for assessment
  • Conduct assessment
  • Develop a case plan with the client
  • Refer clients

Support victims of domestic violence

Therapy covered in this module: Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Identify imminent crisis situations
  • Address immediate safety concerns
  • Provide referral for crisis intervention support
  • Care for self
  • Adopt work practices that support interactions with those affected by domestic and family violence
  • Identify client needs
  • Respond to client needs

Support people with mental health issues

Therapies covered in this module: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Assist clients to clarify goals and requirements
  • Explore options with clients
  • Support client to reach decisions
  • Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues
  • Determine the needs of people with mental health issues
  • Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs

Reflect on and improve own practices

  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Industry Connections

Work Placement

Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with these organisation(s):

TLC is a Psychology Services Practice that provides psychology assessments and counselling to the community, residential care facilities, and private clients. The Principal is an accredited supervisor to provisional psychologists, counselling graduates and students on placement.

Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Australia is a registered non-government organisation comprising of medical experts and health advocates whom work towards addressing humanitarian crisis, marginalised care, and unmet medical needs in high risk communities. ACATA Australia works to promote healthy life styles and eating habits to influence the health of children and the aged.

Work Placement

The course contains a minimum of 160 hours of work placement

You will 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 that may be required by workplaces, such as a National Police Check, Working with Children Check (or state equivalent), a First Aid Certificate and signing of a Confidentiality Agreement and Code of Conduct. 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.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.

Partnership Details

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

University Pathways

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus public university, and is the University with Australia's highest graduate employment rate. CSU has more than 350 courses on offer that can unlock your potential to create a better life for you, your family, your community and the world.

Please note, articulation pathways are at the discretion of the University offering it, and subject to change.  You should check the University’s website for any changes to applicable courses and credit available.  Eligibility for credit does not guarantee admission, and the final decision to admit a student sits with the University.

Charles Sturt University courses:

Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree Up to 50% of the course
Bachelor of Social Work 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree Up to 25% of the course

Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities. 

Please note, articulation pathways are at the discretion of the University offering it, and subject to change.  You should check the University’s website for any changes to applicable courses and credit available.  Eligibility for credit does not guarantee admission, and the final decision to admit a student sits with the University.

Southern Cross University (SCU) courses:

Bachelor of Social Welfare 8 units, of a total of 24 Up to 33% of the course
Bachelor of Social Science 8 units, of a total of 24 Up to 33% of the course

SAVE 25% OFF

* Use voucher code - SAVEOCTOBER24

selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 24th October 2021 at 11:59pm AEST. *Terms & conditions

Course at a Glance

Become a professional Counsellor by learning valuable and effective therapy techniques to make a real difference in people’s lives with the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

Career Outcomes

  • checkCase Worker
  • checkCounsellor
  • checkIntake Counsellor
computer

Delivery Method

Online with Work Placement

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Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Course at a Glance

Become a professional Counsellor by learning valuable and effective therapy techniques to make a real difference in people’s lives with the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

Career Outcomes

  • checkCase Worker
  • checkCounsellor
  • checkIntake Counsellor
computer

Delivery Method

Online with Work Placement

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

SAVE 25% OFF

* Use voucher code - SAVEOCTOBER24

selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 24th October 2021 at 11:59pm AEST. *Terms & conditions

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling will teach you a range of therapy techniques that you can use to get the best result for your clients. It will also give you the skills necessary to communicate effectively, work within a case management framework, and to refer clients to other services when necessary. Upon completion of the counselling course, you will be job-ready and fully qualified for a career as a professional Counsellor.

In this course, you will learn how to:

•    Apply core counselling methodologies to assist your clients.
•    Establish and maintain positive counselling relationships.
•    Communicate effectively with your clients and co-workers.
•    Work within a case management framework.

Studying Open Colleges’ CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling provides you with a great mix of theory and practice, ensures you get the most up-to-date training for in-demand treatment areas, and makes certain you are able to deal effectively with paperwork and case management.

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.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.

Why study Diploma Of Counselling?

  • This nationally recognised qualification includes a practical work placement in a setting of your choosing, so you can practice and perfect what you learn.
  • For people wishing to pursue higher education, Open Colleges has formalised a pathway to tertiary study with Charles Sturt University and Southern Cross University, with credit transfers available for selected courses.
  • Credit towards registration (if applied for) with Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Case Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Intake Counsellor
Course number E1202
Qualification name CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online with Work Placement
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Portfolio of evidence, Presentations, Workplace assessments, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 18 years old.

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Physical requirements

The Counselling role demands prioritising situations and managing time. As a counsellor, you may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in crisis. You will also be responsible for your own safety, as well as the safety of others.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module. 

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Provide intake counselling legally and ethically

  • Use a structured approach to counselling
  • Establish the nature of the helping relationship
  • Confirm the helping relationship
  • Identify and respond to legal requirements
  • Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
  • Contribute to workplace improvements

Working with diversity

  • Reflect on own perspectives
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusiveness, and their benefits
  • Communicate with people from diverse backgrounds and situations
  • Promote understanding across diverse groups
  • Identify cultural safety issues in the workplace
  • Model cultural safety in own work
  • Develop strategies for improved cultural safety
  • Evaluate cultural safety strategies

Build the relationship with the client

Therapy covered in this module: Person Centered Therapy

  • Communicate effectively
  • Use specialised counselling interviewing skills
  • Evaluate own communication
  • Support clients to identify concerns
  • Support clients to work through concerns
  • Monitor the counselling process
  • Bring the counselling process to an end

Research and apply counselling theories

Therapy covered in this module: Solution Focused Therapy

  • Research theories of personality and human development
  • Link theories to own practice
  • Update and maintain knowledge of theoretical trends
  • Research learning theories
  • Analyse behavioural outcomes of different modelling and reinforcement influences
  • Formulate a program for change in a counselling context

Use counselling therapies to support people experiencing loss and grief

Therapies covered in this module: Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centered Therapy

  • Select counselling therapies
  • Use counselling therapies
  • Evaluate use of counselling therapies
  • Recognise reactions to loss and grief
  • Engage empathically
  • Offer support and information
  • Care for self
  • Review support provided

Manage case plans for the delivery of problem gambling services

Therapy covered in this module: Narrative Therapy

  • Determine appropriate response to case management in accordance with organisation and legislative requirements
  • Conduct case management meetings
  • Develop an appropriate case management plan
  • Monitor and review case work activities and processes
  • Prepare for assessment
  • Conduct assessment
  • Develop a case plan with the client
  • Refer clients

Support victims of domestic violence

Therapy covered in this module: Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Identify imminent crisis situations
  • Address immediate safety concerns
  • Provide referral for crisis intervention support
  • Care for self
  • Adopt work practices that support interactions with those affected by domestic and family violence
  • Identify client needs
  • Respond to client needs

Support people with mental health issues

Therapies covered in this module: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Assist clients to clarify goals and requirements
  • Explore options with clients
  • Support client to reach decisions
  • Establish respectful relationships with people with mental health issues
  • Determine the needs of people with mental health issues
  • Work with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs

Reflect on and improve own practices

  • Reflect on own practice
  • Enhance own practice
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Work Placement

Open Colleges has a work placement partnership with these organisation(s):

TLC is a Psychology Services Practice that provides psychology assessments and counselling to the community, residential care facilities, and private clients. The Principal is an accredited supervisor to provisional psychologists, counselling graduates and students on placement.

Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Australia is a registered non-government organisation comprising of medical experts and health advocates whom work towards addressing humanitarian crisis, marginalised care, and unmet medical needs in high risk communities. ACATA Australia works to promote healthy life styles and eating habits to influence the health of children and the aged.

The course contains a minimum of 160 hours of work placement

You will 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 that may be required by workplaces, such as a National Police Check, Working with Children Check (or state equivalent), a First Aid Certificate and signing of a Confidentiality Agreement and Code of Conduct. 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.

Your work placement will need to be completed in Australia, and you will be responsible for the costs of any travel, accommodation, statutory checks or other requirements related to your work placement.

Cost of work placement

All costs of work placement including any placement fees charged by the host organisation (whether to the student or OC), cost of statutory checks and vaccinations, travel, accommodation and uniforms are the responsibility of the student.

Open Colleges offers this qualification in association with Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90197). The testamur will be issued by Integrated Care & Management Training Pty Ltd.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is an Australian multi-campus public university, and is the University with Australia's highest graduate employment rate. CSU has more than 350 courses on offer that can unlock your potential to create a better life for you, your family, your community and the world.

Please note, articulation pathways are at the discretion of the University offering it, and subject to change.  You should check the University’s website for any changes to applicable courses and credit available.  Eligibility for credit does not guarantee admission, and the final decision to admit a student sits with the University.

Charles Sturt University courses:

Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree Up to 50% of the course
Bachelor of Social Work 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree Up to 25% of the course

Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities. 

Please note, articulation pathways are at the discretion of the University offering it, and subject to change.  You should check the University’s website for any changes to applicable courses and credit available.  Eligibility for credit does not guarantee admission, and the final decision to admit a student sits with the University.

Southern Cross University (SCU) courses:

Bachelor of Social Welfare 8 units, of a total of 24 Up to 33% of the course
Bachelor of Social Science 8 units, of a total of 24 Up to 33% of the course
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