Diploma of Counselling

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

As a counsellor you’ll help people each and every day overcome their challenges and go on to lead happy lives. And learning to be a counsellor is an eye-opening journey of self discovery as you learn why you think and behave as you do.

Our Diploma of Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a peak membership body for counsellors.

ON COMPLETION

You’ll be able to work in a diverse variety of mental health and community health settings, or set up your own counselling practice. You’ll be able to join as a member of the Australian Counselling Association, ensuring professional recognition of your qualification, as well as access to practice insurance.

COURSE DELIVERY

Learn internally, online or any blend. Our programs are designed to fit around your needs. Study entirely online (anywhere) or come into our campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

TUITION

Reduced Upfront  or Per Unit of Study Payment Plan  via Credit Card or Direct Debit. Austudy and Abstudy approved 

Reduced Upfront Per Unit of Study Payment Plan
$6,000 $1,250 per Unit of Study

INDUSTRY ACCREDITATION

The Estrada College Diploma of Counselling has attained industry accreditation through the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). ACA is a peak industry association and the largest single registration body for counsellors in Australia. As a graduate of the Estrada College Diploma of Counselling you will automatically meet the entry requirements to become a member of the Australian Counselling Association.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Our Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) is structured around 6 Units of Study each with a duration of 12 weeks.

DURATION

18 months

Course Outline (code: CHC51015)

Unit of Study Unit of Competencies included in the Unit of Study
CDD1A CHCCSL001# Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002# Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL007# Support counselling clients in decision-making process
CDD2A CHCCSL004# Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005# Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies (Introduction to Counselling Theories)
CDD3A CHCCSL006# Select and use counselling therapies (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
CHCCSL006# Select and use counselling therapies (Solution Focused)
CHCCSL006# Select and use counselling therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
CDD4A CHCCSL003# Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCCS014# Provide brief interventions
CHCCCS017# Provide loss and grief support
CDD5A CHCCSM005# Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCCS015# Provide individualised support
CHCMHS001# Work with people with mental health issues
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CDD6A CHCCCS019# Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Units marked with a # require the practical demonstration of skills in a real or simulated work environment. A variety of options are available to complete practical assessments including through private one-on-one or small group assessment (in person or via Skype) or submitting a video recording. Where more than one practical is included in a Unit of Study, the practicals will be grouped into one assessment session where possible.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To gain entry into this course, you need to have:

  • If under 21-years of age: completed Year 12, or have a minimum qualification level of Certificate III; or
  • If over 21-years of age: either meet the aforementioned requirements or be able to demonstrate sufficient life experience (work or study).

Fees, Dates and Policies

Estrada College is committed to providing transparent and fair policies for students. Details of relevant fees, dates and policies for this course are available here.

Important Notes:

  1. All Nationally Recognised Training Programs are subject to regular industry review and modification from time to time. The information included in this Course Outline is indicative of the final curriculum but may not necessarily contain all units necessary for completion of the qualification. In the event of any changes or expansions to the course, you will have the opportunity to complete your current course, or to transition to the new course. Please refer to the Teachout of Courses policy in the Student Handbook.
  2. Please contact your Student Support Centre if you have any questions about the requirements to complete your course.
  3. You need to adhere to the due dates shown for each unit to ensure you complete your course within the appropriate timeframe. If you are having difficulty meeting the timeframes, please contact your Student Support Centre to discuss your options.
  4. A summary of the Employability Skills developed through this qualification can be downloaded from www.training.gov.au.
  5. An Assessment Book is completed for each topic and 10 practicals are completed as part of this course. Where more than one practical is included in a Unit of Study, the practicals will be grouped into one assessment session where possible.
  6. Progress through your course is achieved by completing each unit’s assessment book and each practical (by private one-on-one or small group assessment (in person or via Skype), or submitting a video recording). Please contact your Student Support Centre if you have any questions about the requirements to complete your course.

 

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