CHC51015Diploma of Counselling

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  • Awarded by

    Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) (RTO 90197)

  • Qualification

    Diploma

  • Study Mode

    Online

  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Self-paced; complete within 24 months

  • Start Date

    Anytime – start today!

  • Course Fee

    Price may vary Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Rehabilitation Counsellor | Counsellor | Case Worker | Intake Counsellor | View all

This course meets the Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

Last modified: 08 Jun 2018

In a Nutshell

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) offered by ICM Training through Open Colleges provides students with the formal qualifications and training to counsel and assist people in crisis or facing difficulties. The course teaches students how to develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management, and how to build an effective working relationship with their clients.

The course is designed for any number of professionals, from individuals wishing to make a career change into counselling, to professionals looking to advance their skillset and acquire formal credentials in the area. The course provides a comprehensive program of study, ideal for those looking for a practical, entry-level education.

Gain practical skills

The course's inclusion of a structured workplace learning component also means students will have the chance to gain valuable industry experience and work with a range of diverse clients.

Complete your work placement in Fiji!

Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Trust Fiji to offer students of the Diploma of Community Services the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours over the course 2 weeks in Fiji. You'l have the chance to volunteer in communities promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity through basic counselling and providing outreach counselling on smaller Fijian islands if you choose to.

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Questions?

    To be eligible for this course you must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age; AND
    • Have successfully completed English at Year 12 level; OR
    • Have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification at certificate III level or above; OR
    • Have at least three years' experience in a role that requires written communication and documentation
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  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this counselling course, the units of competency you may study include:

    • CHCCSL001 – Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    • CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    • CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    • 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
    • CHCCCS017 – Provide loss and grief support
    • CHCCSM005 – Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    • CHCGMB001 – Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
    • CHCCCS019 – Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    • CHCDFV001 – Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
    • CHCCSL007 – Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
    • CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues
    • CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice
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  • Why Open Colleges?

    RTO 90796
    Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.

    As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

  • STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

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    "It was very grounded in reality and it was practical as well as theoretical. I recommend doing the training before starting to write. I see people that will come to our writers group and say ‘I’ve got this lovely story, my kids love it, my grandchildren love it,’ and it would never get published because they haven’t done any training and they don’t know how to write."

    Yvonne Mes , Certificate in Professional Children\'s Writing

    "Because it’s so flexible, it was easy for me to do it. I’ll be in the middle of an assignment and I can just pause it if my son is asking for lunch. I’ll quickly make him lunch or get a drink and I can just open it back up and go straight back into it to continue. The trainers have been great. They really try to get back to you on time and make sure they give you the best possible answers. They always seem to come back with a quick response."

    Emma Christian-Hayes , Certificate IV in Allied Health specialising in Physiotherapy

    "It’s given me a different mindset. I used to think you’d go out and do a job, like mechanics, for years and that you’d just get the qualification after years on the job. But with this, you can study for a couple of months and then you can go out into the world fully qualified and ready for the job and just go for it."

    Amy Stephenson , Certificate III in Accounts Administration

    "I think the Open Colleges model is particularly good because you’re not tied down to due dates, you just have as much time as you need. You have people to get in touch with if you’re having trouble. I’ve actually had emails back at 10pm at night from my teacher. I’ve been sitting here and I’ve shot one off and they’ve got right back to me within that hour. You don’t get that anywhere."

    Marcia Lindsay , Diploma of Hospitality

    "I am a farmer and I run a family farm with my husband. I was given the opportunity to study any course I wanted that would help our business, and that may help me earn some money off the land, so I chose to learn bookkeeping. The course is so useful and beneficial for our farm. It’s great to learn how to set journals out so our accountant can do the BAS and income tax, without them being all over the place."

    Robyn Hundy , Certificate IV in Bookkeeping

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from Integrated Care & Management Training.

Open Colleges also has an articulation program in place with Charles Sturt University, meaning that after graduating from this course, you could pursue a:

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and receive 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree; or 
  • Bachelor of Social Work and receive 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree.

Hoping to go to uni?

Open Colleges has formalised articulation with Charles Sturt University. After graduation from this course you may wish to undertake the:

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and receive 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree, or
    Bachelor of Social Work and receive 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree.

If you plan to enrol in a social science or social work degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you'd be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand (CMSA)

Open Colleges is proud to announce its affiliation with the Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand (CMSA). CMSA is the national registration and regulatory body for Certified Case Managers, and is also the peak body for professionals employed in case management roles within Australia and New Zealand. 

As a result of this affiliation, students now have unlimited access to CMSA's Tertiary E-Resource Library, which includes:

  • National Standards of Practice for Case Management, 3rd Edition 2013
  • National Code of Ethics for Case Management, 2nd Edition 2013
  • National Self-Assessment for Case Management Practice Handbook, 1st Edition 2015
  • National Skill Set for Effective Case Management in Australia and New Zealand: Skills Workbook

This means that you will not only be able to gain a thorough insight into the core skill of case management in the health and community services industry but also have fantastic learning resources to turn to when doing course assessments!

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Let's Talk Price

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $96.63 per week (72 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $7,192 upfront payment
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