CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and
people helping skills required in professional counselling.
Incorporating a Christian worldview throughout, this course prepares you to
work with clients using established counselling modalities whilst considering
theological, psychological and spiritual dimensions to people’s problems. There
is a deliberate focus on students’ personal and spiritual development and
equipping as foundational before being able to help others.
The Diploma is nationally-accredited, developed to agreed industry standards,
and responsive to the current and future demand for counselling skills – both
within the local church and in the broader Australian society. You will learn
essential communication, micro-counselling, interviewing and intervention
skills that will equip you to be an effective counsellor in a number of settings,
including faith communities, not-for-profit organisations, community health
centres, education agencies and government departments.
The following information is for courses commencing in 2019:
CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is available as a full-time or part-time study option through our Online Supported Mode (OSM) or Seminar Blended Mode.
Seminar Blended Mode:
This study mode requires the student to attend 13 face to face days at seminar per year at one of our study centres located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.
Online Supported Mode:
The student will be assigned a specialised Online Supported Mode assessor, who will guide and support them during their training journey. The student will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our OSM training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits them. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person. (If possible however, OSM students are welcome and encouraged to attend an end of term assessment day at a seminar location if they are able, and wish to do so.)
All students 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
Use communication to build relationships
relationships with clients and others from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
Reflect and improve upon professional practice
Work legally and ethically
Research and apply personality theories
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Establish and confirm the counselling
to help determine, establish and confirm the
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis, and then work collaboratively to
minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access support services.
Select and use counselling therapies
therapies, including Christian approaches, and confirm the suitability of counselling techniques
in a range of situations.
Support counselling clients in decision making processes
requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts.
Apply learning theories in counselling
dimensions to apply behaviourism in counselling practice and learn to analyse environmental modelling influences and their outcomes
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Provide loss and grief support
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport).
Students applying for VET student Loans assistance to complete this Diploma are also required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above. If unable to provide sufficient evidence, the applicant may be asked to complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test, and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3‘ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.
Seminar Blended Mode is offered at the following locations:
53 Harrow Road
Stanmore NSW 2048
Stirling Theological College
44-60 Jacksons Road
Mulgrave VIC 3170
178 Springwood Road
Springwood QLD 4127
Perth Bible College
1 College Court
Karringyup WA 6018
* View & download more detailed information of Seminar Locations & Dates for 2019.
* NOTE: Students may be asked to transfer to Online Supported Mode if student enrolment numbers are insufficient for Seminar Blended Mode.
2019 Course Fees
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*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: https://www.aifc.com.au/vet-student-loan-scheme/
Please contact the national office on 1300 721 397 for information about the 2018 fees.
2019 Course Fees
Beginning of the year 2019
The course fees for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling are $8,840.00. Click here to see detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding. Please see 2019 Student Handbook for more detailed information on all incurred costs.
See the Mid-year Fee Schedule for 2019
See the Mid-year Student Handbook
What should I look for when choosing a provider?
When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself
Are the courses
Ensure the course you enrol in is theologically sound. Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.
Are they taught
You want to make sure your teachers are well qualified. As a leading, accredited, national education provider we are committed to the highest level of professional excellence – demonstrated through the quality of our educators; and the process, delivery and outcomes of our courses.
Does it offer
Flexible study options is important when choosing a course that's right for you. AIFC offers seminar online blended, and online supported modes of our course. You choose which delivery mode is best suited for your lifestyle and work commitments.
Is the study
Finding a course that fits your budget is important. With funding options and Austudy & Abstudy available to eligible students, our courses continue to be affordable and within reach of those seeking to become a qualified counsellor.
Are the courses accredited?
When looking for a suitable course, accreditation is essential. 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.
At aifc, our sole focus is to train and equip Christian Counsellors. More than just a counsellor, a Christian counsellor trusts in God and listens to His still small voice above all else.
It’s a big difference.
Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc
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