Counsellors work with individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties to help them overcome problems and make the appropriate changes to their lives. However, the psychological health of a counsellor is critical in a successful counselling relationship to ensure their support is ultimately professional. This course is ideal for counsellors, psychologists and health care professionals who work in private practice or in the public health system.
Professional Practice in Counselling is a professional development course that will enhance your understanding of the best care practices for clients, including adhering to moral and ethical standards.
In this online couselling course, you will learn about the client/counsellor relationship, ethics and confidentiality, and counselling versus mental health issues.
You will also study self-awareness, emotions, behaviour, what determines a healthy personality, and the quality and effectiveness of supervision.
On completion of this course, you will be able to encourage, listen to, empathise with and empower individuals in an ethical and professionally appropriate manner.
Unit - Professional Practice in Counselling
Unit 1 – Understanding Counselling
Characteristics of an effective counsellor
Counselling the counsellor
Issues faced by counsellors
The counsellor’s values
Improving cultural knowledge
Unit 2 – Ethics and confidentiality
A code of ethics
Making ethical decisions
Right to privacy
Legal requirements to report information
ethics and culture
Use of psychometric tests
Ethics and multiple relationships
Unit 3 – understanding the self
Sense of self
Influence of self-awareness
Influence on the counsellor
Implicit personality theory
Influence on the counsellor
Emergence of relationships
Love and intimacy
Unit 4 – Personality
Different approaches to personality within the counselling process.
Trait theory approach to personality
Psychodynamic approaches to personality
Humanistic approaches to personality
Social learning and cognitive approaches to personality
Critique of personality-based approaches
Unit 5 – Emotions and Behaviour
Aspects of emotion
Influence of emotions
Effect on communication
Influence on the counselling process
Emotional expression and counselling
Unit 6 – Supervision
The counsellor as part of the health care team
Issues in supervision
Supervision and power
Working with others
Quantity and effectiveness of supervision
Focus on clarity
Types of supervision
Supervisor and trainee together
Use of a one-way mirror
Video and audio
Unit 7 – Referral practice
Counselling or mental health services?
Secondary care counsellors
What is abnormal?
Use of tests
Five types of anxiety disorder
Types of depression
Schizophrenia and related disorders
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.
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;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
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.