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Certificate of Counselling

$899.00$1,299.00

Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you enjoy helping people improve their quality of life and assisting them in managing life’s challenges, 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. At the end of this program you will have gained an understanding of the core counselling methodologies used to assist clients, and discover how to establish and maintain effective counselling relationships.

This course is ideal for those who are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession or those who wish to acquire counselling skills to complement their core profession.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

  • Structured counselling approach
  • Analyse existing client information
  • Initial session guidelines
  • Assessment interviews
  • Standardised assessments
  • Engaging with clients
  • Communication techniques
  • Building rapport
  • Active listening
  • Effective questioning
  • Client goals
  • Establishing the helping relationship
  • Counselling service information
  • Client rights and responsibilities
  • The counselling process
  • Professional boundaries
  • Expectations and commitment
  • Anxiety or concerns
  • Referral process
  • Collaborative processes
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Conflicting interests
  • Person-centred approach
  • Options and approaches
  • Counselling contracts
  • Counselling plans
  • Informed consent
  • Records management

Unit 2 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

  • Counselling interview sequence
  • Environmental / personal factors
  • Cultural considerations
  • Disabilities / impairments
  • Client-counsellor relationship
  • Counselling skills
  • Person-centred approach
  • Client-centred interactions
  • Establish rapport
  • Empathy, honesty and openness
  • Conflict resolution
  • Learning styles
  • Communication styles and skills
  • Key objectives
  • The initial session
  • Structured approach
  • Specialised counselling skills
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Promoting self-advocacy / self-care
  • Coping strategies
  • Responding to distress or crisis
  • Self-evaluation / self-awareness
  • Professional development plan
  • Action learning
  • Networking / professional memberships

Unit 3 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

  • The clients story
  • Counselling environments
  • Legal and ethical requirements
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Child protection
  • Duty of care
  • Engaging with clients
  • Immediate action
  • Conflicting interests
  • Client concerns
  • Reframing technique
  • Referral processes
  • Client uncertainty / ambivalence
  • Experience and process difficulties
  • Recovery stages
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Interventions
  • Support mechanisms
  • Strengths-based counselling
  • Perceptions of client feelings
  • Active listening
  • Identifying underlying issues
  • Dealing with life changes
  • Monitor counselling process
  • Hopes and expectations versus reality
  • Action planning
  • 12 signs of good counselling
  • Counselling conclusion
  • Emotionally dependent clients
  • Professional boundaries
  • Records management

Unit 4 - Apply learning theories in counselling

  • Research learning theories
  • Access current information
  • Workplace polices
  • Privacy principles
  • Distilling key themes and messages
  • Behaviorism
  • Antecedent behaviour consequence (ABC)
  • Punishment
  • Ignoring the behaviour
  • Reinforcement
  • Cognitivism
  • Current and future practice
  • Record security
  • Record retention
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Professional boundaries
  • Behavioral outcomes
  • Modelling influences
  • Modelling or behavioral rehearsal
  • Role playing
  • Role modelling
  • Analyse responses
  • Responses to reinforcement
  • Primary reinforcement
  • Secondary reinforcement
  • Environmental differences
  • Dysfunctional environments
  • Learning environments
  • Socioeconomic barriers
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Formulate a program for change
  • Achieving identified outcomes
  • Client rights
  • Identify practical goals
  • Setting SMART goals
  • Barriers to achieving outcomes
  • Stimulus and response techniques
  • Delayed reinforcement
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Reviewing change programs
  • Problem solving

Unit 5 - Select and use counselling therapies

  • Analysing client needs
  • Holistic approach
  • Problem-solving techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Developmental status
  • Piaget’s cognitive development
  • Freud’s psychosexual stages of development
  • Erikson’s psychosocial development
  • Kohlberg’s moral development
  • Individual differences
  • Coexisting issues
  • Normal and abnormal behaviour
  • Drug use and psychological illness
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Miracle questions
  • Scaling questions
  • Coping questions
  • Self-care plans
  • Stress
  • Managing re-traumatisation
  • Breathing control exercises
  • Managing vicarious trauma
  • Personality theories
  • Applying Freud
  • Applying Maslow
  • Applying Erikson
  • The counselling process
  • Client expectations
  • Communication skills
  • Communication barriers
  • Active listening
  • Effective questioning
  • Reframing
  • Paralanguage
  • Specialised counselling techniques
  • Self-advocacy
  • Building resilience
  • Integrative therapy
  • Empathy and sympathy
  • Self-reflection
  • Evaluate therapies

Unit 6 - Support counselling clients in decision-making processes

  • Clarifying goals and requirements
  • Law and ethics
  • Professional boundaries
  • Setting SMART goals
  • Referral processes
  • Exploring options
  • Ethical decision-making model
  • Client-centred decision-making model
  • Collaborative decision-making model
  • Counselling plans
  • Counselling contracts
  • Informed consent

Unit 7 - Apply learning theories in counselling

  • Research learning theories
  • Access current information
  • Workplace polices
  • Privacy principles
  • Distilling key themes and messages
  • Behaviorism
  • Antecedent behaviour consequence (ABC)
  • Punishment
  • Ignoring the behaviour
  • Reinforcement
  • Cognitivism
  • Support current and future practice
  • Record security
  • Record retention
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Professional boundaries
  • Behavioral outcomes
  • Modelling influences
  • Modelling or behavioral rehearsal
  • Role playing
  • Role modelling
  • Analyse responses
  • Individual responses to reinforcement
  • Primary reinforcement
  • Secondary reinforcement
  • Environmental differences
  • Dysfunctional environments
  • Learning environments
  • Socioeconomic barriers
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Formulate a program for change
  • Achieving identified outcomes
  • Client rights
  • Identify practical goals
  • Setting SMART goals
  • Barriers to achieving outcomes
  • Stimulus and response techniques
  • Delayed reinforcement
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Recording / reviewing change programs
  • Problem solving

Assessment

Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.

Benefits

  • Become fully trained and improve your employment opportunities;
  • Recognised by employers as professional development;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • Access to high-quality courses written by industry experts;
  • Interactive simulations for many programs;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • Unlimited enrolment with no expiry;
  • Certificate issued for your CV (hard copy provided);
  • Tax deductible in most cases* See your tax advisor.

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