Diploma of counselling

The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

Incorporating a Christian worldview throughout, this course prepares you to work with clients using established counselling modalities whilst considering theological, psychological and spiritual dimensions to people’s problems. There is a deliberate focus on students’ personal and spiritual development and equipping as foundational before being able to help others. The Diploma is nationally-accredited, developed to agreed industry standards, and responsive to the current and future demand for counselling skills – both within the local church and in the broader Australian society. You will learn essential communication, micro-counselling, interviewing and intervention skills that will equip you to be an effective counsellor in a number of settings, including faith communities, not-for-profit organisations, community health centres, education agencies and government departments.

Diploma of counselling

Course Units

Training ModuleTopicUnit Code and Name
This group of units lay the
foundation for your personal
discipleship journey and the
learning of basic counselling
skills, ethics, and God’s
redemptive work in the life of
the believer.
We look at working with
those from other cultures
and some introductory
interventions around
depression and anxiety.
Our guiding biblical text is
Ephesians 2:19-22
Establish, build and maintain relationships with clients and others from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational counselling skills of attending, respect and empathyCHCCOM002
Use communication to build relationships
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor/client relationshipCHCCSL001
Establish and confirm the counselling
Identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workersCHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
Understand and apply a range of personality theories, human development and stages of faith to analyse and understand human behaviourCHCCSL004
Research and apply personality theories
Establish relationships, clarify needs, and provide support to people who are living with mental health issues.CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
Use advanced and specialized communication skills in the client – counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.CHCCSL002
Apply specialist interpersonal and
counselling interview skills
Understand core cultural values and beliefs to respectfully counsel people from diverse social and cultural groups and situationsCHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
Identify and promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the helping process CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Assess and promote body, soul and spiritual well being with clients with a focus on God’s redemptive restoration processCHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
We introduce you to a
specific model of Christian
counseling and the basics
of Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy which integrates
theology, psychology and
spirituality. We look at
working with those who
are suicidal and supporting
those in grief.
Our guiding biblical text is
Ephesians 4:11-13
Evaluate, reflect and enhance your practice as a Christian counselorCHCPRP003
Reflect and improve upon professional
Recognize situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis, and then work collaboratively to minimize any safety concerns and make plans to access support servicesCHCCCS019
Recognize and respond to crisis situations
Use techniques from a range of counseling therapies including Christian approaches and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, to confirm the suitability of counseling techniques in a range of client situationsCHCCSL006
Select and use counseling therapies
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lastsCHCCSL007
Support counseling clients in decision making
Integrating theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to apply behaviorism in counselling practice and learn to analyse environmental modelling influences and their outcomesCHCCSL005
Apply learning theories in counselling
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.CHCCSM005
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of
case management
Recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavementCHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
Engaging clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way that incorporates theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to people’s problemsCHCCSL003
Facilitate the counselling relationship and

Entry Criteria 

All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport). Be of a mature age (over 18 years)

Students applying for VET student Loans assistance to complete this Diploma are also required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above.  If  unable to provide sufficient evidence, the applicant may be asked to complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test, and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3‘ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

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