Aboriginal Health College
12 months

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.

The Counselling qualification is aligned to the National Training System and embedded within the CHC Community Services Training Package. The course is delivered via a blended learning mode. The course is delivered through learning and assessment materials, e-learning and tutorial support, workplace projects, workplace experience and block release.

The Counselling units of competency target the competencies required by counsellors and cover staff that can be described as community services case managers. These competencies have now been merged with the specific aspects relevant to the requirements of AH&MRC. The competencies reflect modern counselling practices for Aboriginal workers, and emphasise best practice concepts in developing and managing organisations.
The units provide the basis for objective assessment of existing skills and for identifying development needs for Community Service Counsellors and AH&MRC as a whole. They also enable training activities to be better targeted to the areas of greatest need.

Target Group

The Diploma program has been specifically designed for the benefit of workers in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) and other Aboriginal health service contexts. Priority will be given to those currently working in areas of need at a senior level in ACCHS context or their Community Controlled context.\

Enrolment for this course will focus on recruiting students from the following in order:

  1. New and existing Aboriginal Health Workers working in a context which fits with a Diploma level qualification where counseling is conducted with clients
  2. Graduates of relevant Certificate IV courses wishing to further their studies
  3. Students needing to gain this qualification as a relevant Diploma qualification for further study or Recognition
  4. Workers seeking a career transition with a readily transferable qualification pathway and relevant work experience at Certificate IV level or higher to work with Aboriginal clients and communities

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) is a nationally recognised course that provides the first step towards a career in Counselling and entry into the counselling profession. It aims to provide you with generic counselling skills and knowledge including communications skills, knowledge of a range of commonly used counselling modalities, referral skills and the ability to work within an organisations policies.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgment and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills

Job Roles

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in couselling and case management across a range of Community Services contexts.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Counsellor
  • Problem Gambling Worker

Delivery Structure

5 x 5 face to face blocks, all of which require compulsory attendance to enable successful completion.

Nominal Course Hours

1305 - 1415

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Course Dates

13 Jun 2016 4 days
Diploma of Counselling BLOCK 1 [Counselling Theory and Application]
05 Sep 2016 4 days
Diploma of Counselling BLOCK 2 [Advanced Groupwork]
21 Nov 2016 4 days
Diploma of Counselling BLOCK 3 [Counselling Knowledge Base and Practice (Part 1)]
20 Feb 2017 4 days
Diploma of Counselling BLOCK 4 [Counselling Knowledge Base and Practice (part 2)]
10 Apr 2017 4 days
Diploma of Counselling BLOCK 5 [Reflective Professional Practice]

Study Pathway

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
CHC81015 Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling