Trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s psychological wellbeing and every day functioning. Trauma counselling is a specialist field of counselling that aims to help those who have suffered a traumatic life event.
The Certificate of Trauma Counselling is an online professional development program that will provide you with the conceptual framework and skills for counselling people who are suffering from trauma-related stress.
In this online trauma counselling course, you will develop your counselling skills and techniques, learn how to establish a counselling relationship, apply specialist interpersonal and counselling skills, and facilitate the counselling relationship and process. You will also learn how to apply learning theories in counselling, implement trauma informed care and learn how to effectively recognise and respond to crisis situations.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident in your ability to use trauma-counselling techniques to assist and engage with those who have experienced trauma.
Unit 1 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
The clients story
Law and ethics
Engaging with clients
Client uncertainty / ambivalence
Perceptions of client feelings
Identifying underlying issues
Monitor counselling process
Emotionally dependent clients
Unit 2 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
Trauma informed care perspective
Key principles and practices
Safe environments and relationships
Physical and sexual abuse
Psychological and emotional abuse
Making trauma individuals feel safe
Past and current trauma or abuse
Symptoms of trauma
Breathing control exercises
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
Self-reflection and evaluation
Unit 3 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Structured counselling approach
Initial session guidelines
Engaging with clients
Client rights and responsibilities
Expectations and commitment
Anxiety or concerns
Confidentiality and privacy
Unit 4 - Apply learning theories in counselling
Research learning theories
Antecedent behaviour consequence (ABC)
Ignoring the behaviour
Modelling or behavioral rehearsal
Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Formulate a program for change
Achieving identified outcomes
Identify practical goals
Setting SMART goals
Barriers to achieving outcomes
Recording / reviewing change programs
Unit 5 - Implement trauma informed care
Trauma informed care
Strong safe relationships
Listen to the client’s story
Person’s strengths and resilience
Culture and language
Identify impact of trauma
Mental health issues
Working with children
Post-traumatic stress disorders
Negative responses to triggers
Specific trauma needs
Individual support plans
Change strategies and plans
Trauma informed supervision
Crisis management plans
Trust and rapport
Conflict resolution strategies
Unit 6 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Counselling interview sequence
Environmental / personal factors
Disabilities / impairments
Empathy, honesty and openness
Communication styles and skills
Specialised counselling skills
Promoting self-advocacy / self-care
Responding to distress or crisis
Self-evaluation / self-awareness
Professional development plan
Networking / professional memberships
Unit 7 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Signs of safety issues
Signs of abuse
Suicide risk factors / warning signs
Assessing suicide risk
Safety and suicide plan
Emergency help / medical assistance
Supervision and debriefing
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 105 hours. We offer 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: $350.00. 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.