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Diploma of Counselling

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    10 months

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    Careers Australia Education Institute (RTO 22479)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

Learn how to counsel with a compassionate ear and professional eye by completing this online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from Careers Australia.

The course has been designed to equip you with the professional skills and theoretical background to counsel and support a range of clients. This might include vulnerable groups like young people, individuals with disabilities, those struggling with mental health issues, or families in crisis.By completing the course you'll build a solid theoretical understanding of counselling, and be trained to put personality and development theories into practice.

You'll also develop a range of highly practical skills such interview techniques, conducting group sessions and addressing clients' needs. You'll also learn how to meet your legal and ethical responsibilities as a counsellor, and be trained to work effectively in the community sector.


To be eligible for enrolment in this course, students must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age; OR
  • Have completed year 12


Areas of study

In this counselling course, the subjects you will study include:

  • CHCDIV001 -Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCCOM003 - Develop workplace communication strategies
  • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
  • CHCCSL003 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • CHCCSL007 - Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct group activities
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSL004 - Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL005 - Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSL006 - Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
RTO 22479
As one of the largest private training institutes in Australia, Careers Australia prides itself on delivering up-to-date, dynamic vocational education, where the focus is you. With over 14,000 students to date, the results speak for themselves. Strong partnerships with a range of industry bodies and universities ensure you transition seamlessly through each stage of your learning journey, while state-of-the-art online technologies help you to achieve your goals faster. With flexible online courses across areas like business, management, healthcare and hospitality, you’re guaranteed a real-world education in an in-demand employment sector. Join the Careers Australia community today!
As a student of Careers Australia, you’ll have access to a knowledgeable team of teachers and lecturers, each of whom is a leader in their field. State-of-the-art technologies support your learning each step of the way, with course content constantly evolving to ensure currency and industry relevance. You’ll use tools like Blackboard Learning, the world’s leading online learning management system, and a range of additional resources and academic journals to support your training. And with all materials available online, you really do have the freedom to study in a way that fits in with your lifestyle.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from Careers Australia.

This course is ideally suited to those interested in pursuing a career in counselling, as well as community services professionals looking to expand their skillset.

The course equips you with the practical skills and essential knowledge needed to work with a range of clients across a variety of community service areas. Graduates are able to seek employment in areas like:

  • Community outreach programs
  • Youth groups
  • Health clinics

Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Counsellor
  • Case Worker
  • Intake Counsellor
  • Family Advisor
  • Support Worker
  • Career Counsellor

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