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Diploma of Counselling

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) equips graduates with the listening and responding skills necessary to work effectively with clients on personal issues, using established counselling methods and practices. You will learn how to use communication ‘micro-skills’ and interviewing techniques, and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist others. The course is delivered by experienced and qualified counsellors using experiential and inductive learning in small face-to-face training groups.

It also provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling.

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A helping heart is a great place to start from, but travelling with someone in their personal journey can be complicated and confounding. You need precision tools, careful integration with Scripture, and lots of skills practice to truly make a difference in someone’s life

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

2 years part-time

Online and Classroom-based learning offered in Canberra

Includes a two-day intensive.

Online and Classroom-based learning (offered in Canberra).

Some two-day intensives may be included, depending on location.

Canberra Campus

15 Blackall Street, BARTON  ACT 2600

Achieved level of education equal or above year 12.
Candidates also required a letter from a Christian Minister testifying to their potential suitability as a counsellor.
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.


  • Copy of Year 12 certificate (or any higher qualification)

Competencies in this course are taught using a highly integrated approach. This course requires that you complete ALL of the following units of compentency.

CORE (13)

CHCCCS019   Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSL001   Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002   Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL003   Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCSL004   Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005   Research and apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL006   Select and use counselling therapies
CHCCSL007   Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCCSM005  Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCDIV001    Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001   Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP003   Reflect on and improve own professional practice


CHCCCS017  Provide loss and grief support
CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCCS003   Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDFV001   Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

This counselling diploma emphasises face-to-face practical sessions for role play and hands-on learning. This course includes emphasis on group sharing and discussion as a form of assessment, and evaluation of recorded counselling sessions.

When you study a Diploma of Counselling, you will add significant value to your educational and work experience. For example, having counselling skills in a leadership role is crucial, whether you manage a team, a classroom, or volunteers.

If you complete this course with the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, you may be eligible for accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)


Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2019
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2019


February intake: 15 February
Mid-year intake: 15 July

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2019 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November.


Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September

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