Depending on our health, the country we live in and our access to services, people are increasingly tending to live longer. However, along with ageing comes particular challenges that require qualified and compassionate experts to assist – and the profession needs more! This course is ideal for those currently working in counselling, aged care, psychology or in a carer or health professional role or for those hoping to enter the sector.
The Certificate of Aged Care Counselling is an online program that will help you to understand the physical and psychological challenges of people as they age, and determine solutions to assist, including offering support services.
In this professional development course, you will explore various theories on ageing and how lifestyle changes affect an elderly person’s coping abilities, and learn more about support services, enablement techniques and ethics and intervention.
You will also study the deterioration of health, debilitating and terminal illnesses, grief and loss counselling, and how to deal with the loss of a loved one.
On completion of this course, you will have expanded your knowledge and understanding of the ageing process, and be able to devise strategies to support and help the elderly with a variety of age-related changes.
Unit 1 - Understanding ageing
Gerontology (What do we mean by ageing?)
The effects of the ageing population
Theories of human development
Erikson’s theory of development
Theories of retirement
Atchley’s model of retirement
Unit 2 - Lifestyle changes
Relationships with children
Relationships with partners (husband/wife)
Relationships with grandchildren
Sexuality and older people
Cognitive changes – intelligence
Causes and risk factors of depression
Determining type of depression
Men and depression
Depression and symptoms in older people
Unit 3 - Deterioration of health
Ageing and physical changes
Skin and hair and height
Senses, reflexes, sex
Chronic health problems
Exercise, diet and nutrition
Pain relief and medication
Personality and heart disease
Unit 4 - Support services
Occupational therapists and physiotherapists
Support services (Meals on wheels, funeral services)
Unit 5 - Enablement techniques
Common health risks for elderly
Risk of falling
Vision and hearing
Maintaining quality of life
Types of rehabilitation
Unit 6 - Grief and loss counselling
What is grief?
Psychological aspects of long-term grief
Family and work
Financial and loneliness
Morality after bereavement
Counsellors response and intervention
Unit 7 - Debilitating and terminal Illness
Types of dementia (alzheimers, vascular dementia)
Strategies for counselling the demented client
Hallucinations and delusions
Wandering and depression,
Guilt & anger
Preparing for approaching death
Responses of friends and family
Unit 8 - Losing a loved one
Importance of loss
Role of the deceased
Death of a child
Counselling strategies: bibliotherapy, use of rituals, bereavement support groups. Special
Therapeutic situations: traumatic, sudden, and stigmatised loss, ongoing support, social stigmas of suicide
Unit 9 - Ethics and intervention
Barriers to aged care
Addressing the client’s needs
Common legal and ethical issues in aged care
Decision making capacity
Competence and informed consent
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.