Diploma of Counselling

About this course

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

As a counsellor, you’ll be doing what you love and have the security of knowing there are many opportunities for work and self-employment. There has never been a better time for you to become a counsellor.

AIPC is the largest provider of counselling courses in the country. We have specialised in counsellor training for over 26-years. We have proudly helped over 55,000 people from 27 countries pursue their personal and career interests in counselling.

Our Diploma of Counselling is a journey of self discovery, providing deep insight into why you think and behave as you do. And when you graduate, you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in counselling – employed or self-employed – enjoying our strong industry reputation and linkage.

Our Diploma of Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association, the peak national association of counsellors. This recognition provides substantial credibility to your qualification as you pursue your professional career.

The Diploma is extremely applicable to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct to you core profession – such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators.

Learn about the respected Australian course and accreditation system

Australian Qualifications Explainer
This course is an Australian nationally recognised award (government accredited). Graduates of this course may be eligible for academic credit into like courses, including into higher education courses, delivered by Australian education providers. Either: Completed Schooling/ Year 12 (Australian equivalent); Or, have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age. This course is delivered in English language. Graduates will gain the skills and knowledge to work in a diverse variety of mental health and community health settings, or set up their own counselling practice. Graduates will be able to join as a member of the Australian Counselling Association, providing professional recognition of their qualification.

This course is an Australian nationally recognised award (government accredited).

This course is industry accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the leading industry body for Counsellors in Australia. Graduates automatically qualify for membership to the ACA.

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Title

The unit introduces a structured approach to counselling to establish the client-counsellor relationship.

This unit involves the exploration and application of skills and knowledge required to use advanced interpersonal communication skills to facilitate the client-counsellor relationship in a counselling practice.

Students learn how to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action.

This unit provides an introduction to key concepts and constructs underlying theories of personality and development. The unit explores the development of theories of behaviour and their application in the client-counsellor relationship and the counselling process.

Unit 5 focuses on the application of learning theory in counselling practice, addressing the application and impact of social learning on behaviour.

This unit provides an introduction to the main counselling therapies covered within the Diploma of Counselling.

Unit 7 focuses on the application of theoretical concepts, processes, knowledge and skills for the analysis and practical application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy within counselling practice.

Unit 8 focuses on theoretical concepts, processes, knowledge and skills for the analysis and practical application of Solution Focused Therapy within counselling practice.

Unit 9 focuses on the application of theoretical concepts, processes, knowledge and skills for the analysis and practical application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy within counselling practice.

This unit covers the counselling relationship and the process of counselling clients over a number of sessions.

This unit includes strategies, processes and activities for brief interventions with clients.

This unit covers responding to clients who are experience loss, grief and bereavement.

Unit 13 provides students with information on all aspects of case management and encourages consideration of 'best practice'.

This unit covers how to work respectfully with clients with mental health issues.

This unit identifies counsellor responsibilities and client rights in the context of legal and ethical boundaries.

Unit 16 covers how to identify, address and respond to crisis situations.

This unit gives the student the opportunity to reflect upon gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability and how they are each to be valued and respected within our community and a counselling context.

Unit 18 focuses on the need for counsellors to partake in supervision, professional development and reflective process in order to be effective within their counselling practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can enrol yourself online via the Enrol Now button on this webpage; or you can use the Request A Course Guide form and a course advisor will contact you to assist you. There are no prerequisites required to study this course. You just need to meet the course entry requirements, detailed above, and have adequate English language ability. Upon graduation of this course you will receive an official document identifying that you have completed the Australian accredited qualification. You will also receive a Transcript of Academic Record, which details each of the accredited Units within the course.

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