If you enjoy helping people manage life’s challenges, a career in counselling is ideal for you. Whether you’re seeking a rewarding new career in counselling or want to acquire counselling skills to complement your core profession, this professional development course is for you.
The Certificate of Counselling will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in the helping professions working within a structured counselling framework.
In this online counselling course you will learn how to support clients in decision-making processes, apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills and research and apply personality, development and counselling theories into your counselling practice.
You will learn how to reflect and improve upon your counselling skills and gain the skills necessary to communicate effectively, working within a case management framework.
On completion of this course, you will have gained an understanding of the core counselling methodologies used to assist clients, and discovered how to establish and maintain effective counselling relationships.
Unit 1 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Structured counselling approach
Analyse existing client information
Initial session guidelines
Engaging with clients
Establishing the helping relationship
Counselling service information
Client rights and responsibilities
The counselling process
Expectations and commitment
Anxiety or concerns
Confidentiality and privacy
Options and approaches
Unit 2 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Counselling interview sequence
Environmental / personal factors
Disabilities / impairments
Empathy, honesty and openness
Communication styles and skills
The initial session
Specialised counselling skills
Promoting self-advocacy / self-care
Responding to distress or crisis
Self-evaluation / self-awareness
Professional development plan
Networking / professional memberships
Unit 3 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
The clients story
Legal and ethical requirements
Duty of care
Engaging with clients
Client uncertainty / ambivalence
Experience and process difficulties
Perceptions of client feelings
Identifying underlying issues
Dealing with life changes
Monitor counselling process
Hopes and expectations versus reality
12 signs of good counselling
Emotionally dependent clients
Unit 4 - Apply learning theories in counselling
Research learning theories
Access current information
Distilling key themes and messages
Antecedent behaviour consequence (ABC)
Ignoring the behaviour
Current and future practice
Legal and ethical considerations
Modelling or behavioral rehearsal
Responses to reinforcement
Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Formulate a program for change
Achieving identified outcomes
Identify practical goals
Setting SMART goals
Barriers to achieving outcomes
Stimulus and response techniques
Reviewing change programs
Unit 5- Select and use counselling therapies
Analysing client needs
Piaget’s cognitive development
Freud’s psychosexual stages of development
Erikson’s psychosocial development
Kohlberg’s moral development
Normal and abnormal behaviour
Drug use and psychological illness
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Breathing control exercises
Managing vicarious trauma
The counselling process
Specialised counselling techniques
Empathy and sympathy
Unit 6 - Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Clarifying goals and requirements
Law and ethics
Setting SMART goals
Ethical decision-making model
Client-centred decision-making model
Collaborative decision-making model
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.
I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my counselling course through Australian Online Courses that I have enrolled into another course through you guys, looking forward to doing my counselling and psychology next.
L.Middleton, Rosebud VIC | Certificate of Counselling
I found the course site easy to navigate and the course materials clear and comprehensive. The counselling micro-skills contained within this course are very relevant to many careers and I could put them to use straight away
M. Vine, East Brisbane, QLD | Certificate of Counselling
I enjoyed working from home and tutors were quick to respond to questions and mark assessment items
S. Peters, Burleigh Heads, QLD | Certificate of Counselling
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;
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 90 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
Yes! The cost for printed materials for this course is $50 per unit.Total cost for optional printed materials is: $300.00. Printed materials are optional and not required to complete the course. Everything you need to complete the course is provided online via our e-learning system.
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.