Put your training and experience to use with ITEC’s RPL services and earn a nationally recognised qualification with a CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling via our RTO partners.
Diploma of Counselling
Within four weeks of receiving sufficient and complying evidence of competency in all applied for units of competency.
The Diploma of Counselling mirrors the expertise and practical know-how of an individual operating in the field of counseling. This qualification caters to the demands of counselors, encompassing client interaction, assessment, and therapeutic intervention. In some regions, counselors may need to fulfill additional criteria as per local licensing regulations.
To qualify for this certificate, you must provide evidence demonstrating that your skills and knowledge align with the courser’s learning outcomes. This evidence can take various forms. Demonstrating your current proficiency at a comparable level can be done through a CV (your student support representative can assist with this), an employment letter, or an employment contract.
Additionally, documents from prior work or educational experiences, such as references from licensed tradespeople you’ve collaborated with, apprenticeship records, academic transcripts, or assessments from relevant past qualifications, all contribute to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. You can also submit proof of overseas qualifications or visual evidence of your work, especially for practical roles.
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Risk Assessment and Management Documents
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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.
Total number of units = 17
• 13 core units
• 4 elective units, consisting of:
◦ up to 4 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome
All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Research and apply personality and development theories
Apply learning theories in counselling
Select and use counselling therapies
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
Facilitate the empowerment older people
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Provide brief interventions
Provide individualised support
Provide loss and grief support
Provide suicide bereavement support
Support independence and wellbeing
Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
Promote and manage diversity
Work with a child-focused approach
Support people to improve relationships
Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues
Plan and conduct group activities
Plan, facilitate and review psycho-educational groups
Deliver structured programs
Work with people with mental health issues
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work effectively in child protection to support children, young people and families
Work with forced migrants
Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia
Engage respectfully with young people