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 - Aged Care and Counselling
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
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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J. Cartwright, Nuriootpa, SA | Certificate of Aged Care Counselling
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S. Petch, Eldorado, VIC | Certificate of Aged Care Counselling
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J. Williams, Botanic Ridge, VIC | Certificate of Aged Care Counselling
Great experience doing this course and have learned a lot from it.
Matthew | North Geelong, VIC | Certificate of Aged Care Counselling
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