In a nutshell
The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) offered by ICM Training through Open Colleges provides students with the formal qualifications and training to counsel and assist people in crisis or facing difficulties. The course teaches students how to develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management, and how to build an effective working relationship with their clients.
The course is designed for any number of professionals, from individuals wishing to make a career change into counselling, to professionals looking to advance their skillset and acquire formal credentials in the area. The course provides a comprehensive program of study, ideal for those looking for a practical, entry-level education.
Gain practical skills
The course’s inclusion of a structured workplace learning component also means students will have the chance to gain valuable industry experience and work with a range of diverse clients.
Complete your work placement in Fiji!
Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Trust Fiji to offer students of the Diploma of Community Services the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours over the course 2 weeks in Fiji. You’l have the chance to volunteer in communities promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity through basic counselling and providing outreach counselling on smaller Fijian islands if you choose to.
What you’ll need
To be eligible for this course you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age; AND
- Have successfully completed English at Year 12 level; OR
- Have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification at certificate III level or above; OR
- Have at least three years' experience in a role that requires written communication and documentation
In this counselling course, the units of competency you may study include:
- CHCCSL001 – Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
- CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
- 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
- CHCCCS017 – Provide loss and grief support
- CHCCSM005 – Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
- CHCGMB001 – Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
- CHCCCS019 – Recognise and respond to crisis situations
- CHCDFV001 – Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
- CHCCSL007 – Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
- CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues
- CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. All courses are delivered by correspondence, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.