In a nutshell
Interested in how people work? Looking to turn your listening skills into a career? This online Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills from Torrens University Australia is for you.
An introduction to working in the counselling industry, this course provides theoretical, contextual and practical knowledge in counselling and communication.
You’ll be introduced to the social theories that explain human psychology, behaviour and identity, and the Australian mental health context, and receive significant opportunity to explore the relationship between counselling models and counselling in practice, with a 60-hour industry placement included in this course. Counselling client contact constitutes 45 hours, allowing you substantial time to develop your listening skills, ability to empathise and reflect, and your understanding of the ethics and critical theory of counselling in practice.
You’ll also be introduced to the skills of project management and case management required to work in counselling, offering you a competitive professional advantage after graduation.
Workload and assessment
In order to succeed in your studies, each subject in this course requires a combination of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to about 10 hours a week over 12-week trimesters.
Assessments for this course may take a variety of forms, including:
- In-class debates
- Online quizzes and tests
- Practical placement
Meet Jacinta – a Torrens University Australia health student
What you’ll need
To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the university’s minimum entry requirement of Year 12 completion, or equivalent.
All students are also required to demonstrate sufficient competency in English.
In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:
- Mental health in the community
- Case management: Principles and practices
- Understanding societies and social issues in counselling
- Applied techniques of counselling
- Counselling theories and interpersonal communication
- Introduction to social and psycho-educational theories
- Ethics and professional practice
- Human development across the lifespan
Why Torrens University Australia?
Torrens University Australia brings together some of the country’s most regarded tertiary institutes across industries like business, design, public health, hospitality, and sports management.
Studying with Torrens means learning from the industry’s best and brightest minds through cutting-edge syllabuses and small classroom environments. By becoming a Torrens student, you will not only have access to Torrens’ state-of-the-art campuses across the nation, you’ll also get to leverage Torrens status as a Laureate International University, and be able to access a global network of over 70 universities across 25 countries.
Torrens schools include; APM College of Business and Communication, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Chifley Business School, Media Design School, Real Madrid Graduate School, Southern School of Natural Therapies and William Blue College of Hospitality.
Torrens Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can study at your own pace. By providing you with on-demand access to course materials and content, you can study when you want, where you want.
Torrens also runs Touch-Point weekend sessions that allow you to hear from industry professionals, chat to lecturers and expand your network.
Torrens students will also have access to Torrens Success Coaches, who will help you align your strengths and learning with your goals. From the moment you are admitted to your course, a Success Coach will be available to help you successfully navigate the educational landscape and build your personal and professional skills.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: