The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to become a counsellor. The course is structured to combine theory with practical placement and is directed towards providing participants with relevant skills, knowledge, and values necessary to have as professional Counsellor.
This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.
In order to gain the Diploma of Counselling, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:
Thirteen (13) core units, and four (4) elective units, of which:
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Apply Specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Research and apply personality and development theories
Apply learning theories in counselling
Select and use counselling therapies
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Provide individualised support
Support people to improve relationships
Work with people with mental health issues
Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, Integrity Education Group requires students to be over 18 years of age at the course commencement. Students will need to complete work-placement for this course, and therefore, must be able to obtain a satisfactory National Police check and Working With Children check.
Integrity Education Group also requires all prospective students to undertake a formal pre-training review (PTR) and language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the suitability and readiness of the student for the program. During the this process, the Integrity Education Group staff will ensure the following are discussed/determined:
To ensure we cater for all our student needs, students will have the choice of delivery methods, including:
Face to face on campus classes
Virtual (online classes)
A blend of both face to face on campus classes and virtual classes
All assessments can be completed online or in paper base format, and all practical assessments will be completed in the workplace or specially designed simulated environment.
Integrity Education Group will monitor your activities to ensure reasonable progress is being made, and our highly qualified and supportive trainers and assessors will be there to provided any additional support you may need outside of class time.
In order for us to award a credit transfer a student will need to provide us with a Statement of Attainment that listed the exact unit and code that matches the unit in the qualification they wish to credit transfer. If the unit code or name do no match exactly then a student may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning.
In order for us to award RPL, a student need to provide sufficient evidence of prior study and/or work experience that demonstrates their skills and knowledge in unit of competency. RPL will require students to complete a portfolio of evidence and participate in a competency conversation and practical demonstration. RPL does incur an addition cost of up to $450 per unit.
The applicable amount of fees depends on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment e.g. whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
For more information, refer to the course fees.
Integrity Education Group is offering Government subsidised places to students under the Skills First program and the Job Trainer Initiative for eligible students. Check your eligibility
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