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Diploma of Counselling (Christian)

10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)

aifc’s 10486NAT Diploma of Counsellling (Christian) is a foundational training year that equips you with effective people helping skills. The training you will receive during the course forms an essential foundation for further counselling training. You will be exposed to theological, psychological and spiritual approaches to counselling. A second main thrust of the training is to cultivate and grow in your own discipleship journey.

It covers topics such as Christian discipleship, legal and ethical issues in counselling, biblical interpretation, practical counselling skills, Christian restoration and reconciliation, working with cultural diversity, cognitive behaviour therapy, and common psychopathologies including depression and anxiety.

PLEASE NOTE:  The information below relates to courses undertaken as part of aifc’s 2018 February intake. For information regarding fees, census dates or unit structures from previous years intakes, please email studentservices@aifc.com.au 

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian) is delivered through the following programs:

Seminar-based Program:

This program requires full-time students to spend 13 days a year at the study centre. That is, you attend 2×3 day intensives and 2×2 day intensives and one final day at the end of your course. In between seminars you will complete your work mainly via correspondence. This approach to studying allows you to study from wherever you are, with easy access to your trainers and assessors, who will guide you through your course.

Distance-based Program:

Our Distance Education Program is ideal for students who cannot get to their nearest centre, due to distance, or work/family commitments. Full-Time or Part-Time options are available within this program.

You will be assigned a specialised distance education assessor, who will guide and support you during your training journey. You will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our distance training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits you. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person.

Our Distance Education Program is currently available in English with Korean language support provided through bi-lingual tutors.

On Campus Program:

The On Campus Program offers a rich, multicultural learning experience for students from all over the world. Students study 15 hours a week (typically a Tuesday and Wednesday) in Stanmore, Sydney. Discussion forums make up an additional 5 hours of online training each week. Only Full Time study is available through the On Campus Program.

You will require:

– Access to a computer with a web cam and a secure, reliable internet connection

– Basic computer and word processing skills

– Good written and spoken English 

Course Units
CORE UNIT NAME
TOPIC
COCCDF501A Apply Christian discipleship foundations
The study and application of foundational biblical concepts to promote discipleship in the life of a Christian counsellor. The focus is on the development of personal discipleship.
COCALS595A Apply active listening skills from a Christian perspective
The knowledge and skills required to implement active listening from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
COCTPS502A Integrate theories of theology, psychology and spirituality relevant to counselling
An introduction to the nature and general problems of humanity, the nature of God, and the role of psychology. The focus is on developing a balanced integration of theology, psychology and spirituality.
COCTMP505A Evaluate theories and models of psychotherapy
An introduction to psychodynamic, experiential and cognitive behavioural streams of psychotherapy and to the role of prescribed medication in counselling and therapy. Integrating the compatible benefits of each stream, a definition of Christian counselling is proposed, and the theoretical framework of the aifc’s general counselling model is explored.
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes
This unit specifies the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.
CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Advanced and specialised communication skills in the client- counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.
COCRED530A Apply redemptive truth in counselling
Analysis, evaluation and application of the role of rejection and its effects, together with God’s redemptive restoration process, within a contemporary counselling context.
CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practices
The skills and knowledge needed to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workers.
CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk
This unit provides skills and knowledge to enable workers to contain the situation and minimise any immediate risk and to provide appropriate referral for crisis intervention and ongoing support as required.
CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor-client relationship.
CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision- making processes
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts.
COCCBT520A Evaluate and apply Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Analysis and evaluation of the development of cognitive behaviour therapy, and a practical method of cognitive restructuring that learners apply in a counselling context. The focus of the unit is the relationship between core beliefs, self-talk, feelings and behaviour and its relevance to the biblical concept of renewing the mind.
CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework
This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within the agency’s agreed counselling model
CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services
The application of knowledge and skills described in this unit of competency may relate to functions such as providing information to clients or reporting or referring issues outside scope of practice of individual worker
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures
COCGCM512A Apply the aifc General Counselling Model
A specific model of counselling based on the aifc definition of Christian counselling. It also provides ethical and therapeutic uses of Christian counselling methods and opportunities for practical application of the model.
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

All Students:

  • Essential entry requirements are a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent, or Mature Age (over 18 years and employment/life experience).
  • As the course is designed to train Christians, it is advantageous for students to have a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith.
  • 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 judgement and decision-making
    • The application of relevant technical and other skills.
  • Entry is open to participants regardless of gender, race or Christian denomination.

All students who are enrolled into aifc’s 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian) will also be required to enrol in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. A VET Student Loan may be accessed by eligible students for any unit in their CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. For more information, please visit: http://www.aifc.com.au/vet-student-loan-scheme/

A Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment must be completed by all students at enrolment.

NOTE: Students must provide proof of clearance to Work with Children within the first 25% of completion of the course. Clearance requirements differ between states and territories. For example Victoria (Working With Children check); Queensland (Blue Card); South Australia (Criminal History Check).

All applicants must complete a Student Support Assessment during their enrolment.

Locations Offered
Locations Offered:

The 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian) is delivered at the following locations through the seminar-based program:

Canberra
Sydney
Melbourne
Brisbane
Perth
Adelaide

The Sydney location also offers Korean Language Support

The 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian) is delivered at the following locations through the On Campus program:

Sydney

Visit Locations for more details.

Fees
Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Distance Education $7,852 $5,292 $2,560 $0 $7,852
Seminar $7,852 $5,292 $2,560 $0 $7,852
On Campus $7,852 $5,292 $2,560 $1,000 $8,852

Resource fees are invoiced on a term basis. For a detailed breakdown of the fees, please click here.

*VET Student Loans are available to eligible students under their enrolment in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. For more information, please visit: http://www.aifc.com.au/vet-student-loan-scheme/

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

aifc’s CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is nationally accredited Diploma that equips you with
the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

This qualification reflects the role of those 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 graduate will be working in defined and supported roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.


PLEASE NOTE:  The information below relates to courses undertaken as part of aifc's 2018 February intake. For information regarding fees, census dates or unit structures from previous years intakes, please email studentservices@aifc.com.au 

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

This program is available as a full-time study option. We have two intakes per year – early February and mid-year in July. This program is only available through distance education/online.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is delivered through the following programs:

Distance-based Program:

The distance-based delivery will be available for full-time time students only.

You will be assigned a specialised distance education assessor, who will guide and support you during your training journey. You will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our distance training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits you. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person.

You will require:
– Access to a computer with a web cam and a secure, reliable internet connection
– Basic computer and word processing skills
– Good written and spoken English

Our Distance Education Program is currently available in English with Korean language support provided through bi-lingual tutors. 

Course Units
CORE UNIT NAME
TOPIC
CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically*
The skills and knowledge needed to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workers.
CHCPRP003**
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
CHCCSL005**
Apply learning theories in counselling
Applying behaviourism in counselling practice and learning to be able to analyse environmental modelling influences (reinforcement being one of the influences) and their outcomes, and then applying a plan for change.
CHCCSL002*
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.
CHCCSL001*
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor-client relationship.
CHCCSL003**
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Enabling clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way, organising referrals where appropriate, and ways to bring the counselling process to an end..
CHCCSL007
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes*
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts.
CHCCSM005**
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
CHCCSL004**
Research and apply personality and development theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
cultural safety
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
CHCDIV001*
Work with diverse people
Respectful and effective counselling with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
CHCCCS019*
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
The skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access support services.
CHCCSL006**
Select and use counselling therapies
Use techniques from a range of counselling therapies and confirm the stability of Counselling techniques in a range of situations.
ELECTIVE UNIT CODE AND NAME
TOPIC
COCALS595A*
Apply active listening skills from a Christian perspective
The knowledge and skills required to implement active listening from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
COCTPS502A*
Integrate theories of theology, psychology and spirituality relevant to counselling
An introduction to the nature and general problems of humanity, the nature of God, and the role of psychology. The focus is on developing a balanced integration of theology, psychology and spirituality.
COCRED530A*
Apply redemptive truth in counselling
Analysis, evaluation and application of the role of rejection and its effects, together with God’s redemptive restoration process, within a contemporary counselling context.
CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
The skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. .
* This unit can be used towards completion of 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian).
** This unit can be used towards completion of10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling & Family Therapy (Christian).
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

For students applying to study Diploma through VET Student Loans:

For entry into Diploma via VET Student Loans assistance you are required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above.
If unable to provide sufficient evidence you may be asked to complete a LLN (language, literacy and numeracy) test and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3’ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

For self-funded Students:

If you choose to self-fund your study, you are required to provide a proof of identity document (a certified copy of driver’s licence or passport).

Locations Offered
Locations Offered

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is provided through a full-time distance education / online program.

Fees
Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Distance Education $9,996 $9,996 $0 $0 $9,996
Seminar Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
On Campus Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available

*VET Student Loans are available to eligible students enrolled in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling or the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual). For more information, please visit: http://www.aifc.com.au/vet-student-loan-scheme/

About Our Courses

 

Founded in 1992, aifc’s courses were created out of a growing need for counselling training with a Christian perspective. Almost 25 years on, aifc is the leader in the field. All our Christian counselling courses are:

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Bible-based

Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.

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Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experts in their field. High quality training, combined with one-on-one access to lecturers makes the difference.

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Flexible

Full-time students spend just 13 days a year at their study centre. Study fits into your lifestlye. We also offer a distance-based program, so you can study anytime, anywhere.

Affordable

We are one of the most affordable counselling training organisations in the country.  FEE-HELP and Austudy/Abstudy are available on approved courses to eligible students.

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Accredited

All our courses are nationally recognised. In fact aifc is the only Christian counselling vocational education institution to be accredited by ACA, PACFA and is a member of ACPET.