Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of others? If so, counselling might be for you. The role of a counsellor is crucial with more than one in five Australians experiencing a form of mental illness in any given year. This course is ideal for those working in (or aspiring to work in) counselling, psychology, social work, nursing and other health professions.
The Certificate of Counselling Psychologyis an online program that will provide you with the vital knowledge and skills used in counselling to support emotional wellbeing and mental health.
In this professional development course, you will learn about interpersonal communication, stress and conflict management, the various types of mental health disorders, as well as differences in individual and group behaviours.
You will also learn the methods used to deal with psychological issues, the critical skills required to counsel individuals, as well as how to facilitate mediation and techniques for professional relationship building.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a solid insight into what is required to be a counsellor.
Psychology and counselling
Unit 1 – Stress
The mind to body connection
How to recognise stress
What happens to the body when you experience stress
The physiological response
Chronic and acute stress
Erikson’s psychosocial stages
Oral sensory stage
Anal muscular stage
Genital locomotor stage
Relationship between stress and heart disease
What are the basic sources of stress
Why some people suffer more
How to deal with stress
Unit 2 – Abnormal behaviour
Definition of abnormality
Deviation from statistical norms
Deviation from social norm
Maladaptiveness in behaviour
Wakefield’s harmful dysfunction concept
Psychologically healthy individuals
Deviation in character
Classification of mental disorders
Anxiety and mood disorders
Prevalence of depression
Treatment of depression
Substance related disorder
Disorders diagnosed in childhood
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic and Cognitive disorders
Problems with classification
Unit 3 – Individual Behaviour
Pro social or altruistic behaviour
When do children first exhibit pro social behaviour
Influence of family structure
Influence of school
Influence of peers
Heiders balance theory
Unit 4 – Group behaviour
The influence of groups
Unit 5 – Methods of dealing with abnormalities
Professionals in counselling and psychology
Directiveness and non directiveness
Unit 6 – Conflict resolution
Conflict handling techniques
Joint problem solving
Problems with negotiation
Running a mediation process in a conflict situation
Agreements or contracts
Suggested timetable for a mediation session
Unit 7 – Interpersonal communication skills
Hearing verbal messages
Perceiving non verbal messages
Verbal and non verbal communication
Specific skills: listening, paraphrasing, reflective responses, etc
Professional relationship building
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. 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.
I find this way of studying very helpful as I can study at my own pace
L Spalviero, Pascoe Vale, VIC | Certificate of Counselling Psychology
This course was very valuable to my education in counselling psychology. Thank you very much
J.James, Lavington NSW | Certificate of Counselling Psychology
Thoroughly enjoyed it. The support was fantastic and would recommend it to anyone.
F. Ceylon, Riverstone, NSW | Certificate of Counselling Psychology
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.