Looking to build on your existing professional skills or seeking a new career pathway? Whether you are looking to practice as a professional Counsellor or to simply expand your ability to communicate, problem solve and support others, our Diploma of Counselling equips students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in this growing and important service delivery area. Counsellors will provide therapy, advice, advocacy and support to their clients. They assist clients to establish and achieve goals that are intended to improve their quality of life. Typically, counsellors will work collaboratively with other professionals, such as psychologists, social workers and other health practitioners, to manage their clients’ emotional, physical and mental health and wellbeing. The Diploma of Counselling offers graduates a variety of employment opportunities within the health, human and community services sectors. Counselling professionals are typically employed in a range of settings including outreach services. hospitals, shelters, community service providers, educational institutions, prisons and long term residential facilities. Direct entry into the Diploma is available to eligible applicants; or students might choose to study the Certificate IV in Community Services or the Certificate IV in Mental Health before commencing this Diploma program. Pathways into counselling as a career include vocational training and tertiary qualifications. Students who complete this qualification may be eligible for entry into higher education programs in areas such as Social Work, Human Services, Community Welfare and Applied Public Health. VET Pathways include Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.
EQUALS requires a minimum 100 hours of formal simulated practical assessment performed throughout the program. Arrangements for a reduction in hours below the minimum can be made through formal Recognition processes or by earlier than expected demonstration of competency only.
January, April & July Intakes Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.
Entry to Diploma study at EQUALS requires: Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or Completion of a Certificate III or equivalent; or Mature Age Entry Applicants who have completed previous study in Community Services or Health areas will be well regarded. Current and valid Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Children, with Vulnerable People and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this program. If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you may apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit www.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/screening for further information.
TYPICAL STUDY UNITS
- 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 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
- CHCFAM002 Work with a child-focused approach
- CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships
- CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
- CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions