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CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Why should I choose this course?

This course provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake generic counselling work and high level communication in a range of commonly used modalities, referral and working within a case management framework.

What are my career opportunities?

This qualification provides opportunities for further training to move into specialist counselling, AOD or Mental Health streams at higher AQF levels such as Advanced Diploma or degree.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that candidates have access to relevant work experience whilst studying the Diploma of Counselling.

This qualification is at the Australian Qualification Framework Level 5 and whilst there are no academic prerequisites for this qualification, a high level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) is required to ensure the student has the potential required to complete the large amount of assessment work expected throughout the course.

The LLN assessment will take place as part of the Pre Training Review process.

*Please note that courses will only run with sufficient numbers.

The duration and training delivery

VACCHO will be deliver the course using a combination of face-to-face workshops that include essential knowledge and practical application of skills over a 2 year period.

Assessments will be conducted utilizing individual tasks aligned to units of competency and packaged in assessment booklets. Assessment approaches include individual and group projects, written responses to questions, presentation of reports of workplace mentoring and self-reflection; and observation of skills demonstrated.  Some assessments may be completed within study blocks, others require study time outside of study blocks with appropriate materials to support learning.

Units of Competence

13 core and 4 elective

Core units

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Electives (Example):

  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
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