Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice | Australian Institute of Family Counselling

11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice

11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice

11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice

 

The Advanced Diploma provides an environment where students will develop their professional skills to integrate counselling and coaching for holistic client support. aifc aims to train Christian counsellors and coaches who ethically and effectively integrate their faith and practice.

This course has been specifically designed for students with Diploma qualifications in counselling, coaching and other related community services qualifications (refer to entry requirements) 

The Advanced Diploma is structured to have three specific goals for students, including:

  • Equipping students with the skills and knowledge to integrate counselling and coaching skills to support their clients in healing from past hurts and concerns and coaching them forward to meet their personal goals. 
  • Equipping students to establish a thriving business with a diverse offering for client care and income streams. 
  • Taking students on a journey of Christian Spiritual Formation to equip them to live out their faith in practice. 

 

The course has two speciality streams, counselling or coaching. Students will choose which stream to undertake at enrolment, with elective units tailored to the chosen specialty.

Delivery

11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice is delivered online over 18 months (and 12 months for the counselling stream). aifc is intentional in creating a vibrant and engaging learning community for students. Students have the option of completing all of their training with aifc online, complementing and supplementing their online training activities with the highly recommended seminar days, occurring for one Friday and Saturday of each term, providing a blended learning experience.

Our online systems and processes enable students to study online from anywhere in the world that has a reliable high-speed internet connection. Through the use of video conferencing and learner management platforms, students receive online training lectures, support from staff, and connection with other students to complete practical assessment requirements in an effective and practical manner.

Our courses are delivered through live, interactive online training for each unit of competency; these training sessions are recorded for your convenience if you cannot attend live. In addition to specific training for each unit, each term, aifc delivers a live skills-based seminar online or face-to-face. Students are required to attend a certain percentage of seminar days based on their course progression, which will allow them to develop skills and work alongside other students in the aifc community.

Friday of the seminar is a student-focused day, offering opportunities such as further practical skills practice, role-play observations of relevant unit content, and the opportunity to complete any current practical assessment tasks. Saturday’s seminar is an ‘aifc community day’ open to current students, aifc alumni and the wider community. Subject matter experts, guest speakers and staff members will share sessions and workshops relevant to our accredited courses’ training material and also as professional development for practising counsellors. Again, this presents another value-add and recommended opportunity for our students to engage further in their course content.

 

 

2023-2024 Study Periods & Census Dates

2023-2025 Study Periods & Census Dates

Course Units
Spiritual Formation Journey Topic Unit Code and Name
Heart Identity Apply specific and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship. Assess the client’s wellbeing, safety concerns and goals, and use counselling skills with a structured approach to counselling to work with clients on personal and psychological issues. NAT10900002 Establish and apply counselling skills
Explore the influence your faith has on your professional practice. Analyse own values, goals and professional wellbeing as part of an ongoing review for sustaining professional effectiveness. 

Faith In Practice

CHCPRP006 – Lead own professional practice

Mind & Body Build on established helping skills, develop coaching skills to explore client goals, and apply coaching models to support the client’s accountability and progress. NAT11207001 Apply Coaching skills
Apply a narrative approach to explore the impact of fear and anxiety in clients and own professional practice. Using counselling and coaching skills through a cognitive behavioural approach to support clients in overcoming the fear and anxiety impacting their lives. NAT11207002 Support clients to overcome fear and anxiety
Relationships and Community Disciplines and Practices Researching and applying a systemic approach to individual counselling or coaching clients to assess how personal relationships, behaviour patterns, and life choices impact their wellbeing and assist the client towards self-differentiation.

Research and apply systems theory

CHCPOL003 – Research and apply evidence to practice

Assess clients’ wellbeing, safety concerns and goals, using coaching skills within an ethical and structured approach to work with clients on personal concerns and spiritual growth NAT11207003 Support Spiritual Formation with clients

Vocation Culture

 

Build a thriving professional business through analysis of current marking, develop and implement marketing strategies and expanding client care offerings through online platforms. NAT10900011 Identify and develop counselling business opportunities
Assess clients’ wellbeing, safety concerns and goals and use an integration of counselling and coaching skills within an ethical and structured approach to work with clients on personal issues. NAT11207004 Apply an integrative approach for client wellbeing

 

Counselling Speciality Steam Electives

Establish the counselling relationship to assess different styles of attachment and use counselling skills to support the client move toward healthy attachment through the application of attachment theory. NAT11207007 Apply attachment theory with clients
Explore the meaning and effect of grief and loss issues and work with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss. CHCFCS004 – Grief and Loss Counselling
Explore and counsel clients dealing with complex contemporary legal, social and ethical issues in integrated counselling. Consider potential dilemmas in counselling practice and how these can be adequately addressed by practitioners. Reflect on one’s values and beliefs and be encouraged to think critically and ethically. NAT10900004 Work withcomplex contemporary and ethical issues in counselling
Interpret Biblical passages and apply theological insights in counselling. Specifically, a Christian counselling approach is applied to common spiritual issues of rejection, forgiveness, identity and self-acceptance. NAT10900005 Apply Christian Counselling to common spiritual issues
Assess the impacts of neurodiversity with adults, and provide holistic support through the application of evidence-based counselling to assist clients in achieving their desired client goals. NAT11207006 Provide counselling for neurodiversity support

 

Coaching Speciality Steam Electives

Assess the implication of transitions on clients’ relationships and wellbeing; collaboratively develop goals and maintain client accountability in achieving desired outcomes. NAT11207008 Provide life and transitions coaching
Explore leaders’ current strengths, leadership challenges and areas for growth and work co-creatively to develop emotionally healthy goals for leadership and maintain client accountability in achieving desired leadership outcomes. NAT11207009 Provide leadership coaching
Support people through coaching with thoughts and behaviours associated with mild mental health disorders to achieve improvement in wellbeing, and to work collaboratively with other allied health professionals. NAT11207010 Provide coaching to assist mental and emotional wellbeing
Respectfully engage with clients, using an ethical and structured coaching approach to assess their concerns and goals for developing their spirituality. NAT11207013 Provide spiritual coaching

 

Entry Criteria
All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport). Be of a mature age (over 18 years)

Entry to this qualification is open to prospective learners who hold either nationally recognised training products or non-accredited courses including:

  • hold a Diploma of Counselling or higher
  • hold the non-accredited Certificate of Christian Coaching with the Australian Institute of Family Counselling

           And have a high level of language and literacy levels sufficient to:

                   ○  interpret documents and published articles
                   ○  communicate clearly 

  • hold a Diploma of Youth Work or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Community Services or higher
  • hold a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Mental Health or higher
  • hold a Diploma of Financial Counselling or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Child, Youth, and Family Interventions or higher
  • hold a Diploma in Coaching or higher

 

Seminar Locations

The course is delivered Online, and we have face to face seminars twice in the year at the following locations:

Seminars are offered at the following locations:

Twice a year, aifc offers face to face seminars in these locations:

 NSW

Stanmore House
53 Harrow Road
Stanmore NSW 2048

  VIC

One Church
184 Surrey Rd,
Blackburn VIC 3130

 QLD

Springlife
178 Springwood Road
Springwood QLD 4127

 WA

Perth Bible College
1 College Court
Karrinyup WA 6018

* View & download more detailed information of 2024 Training Weeks and Census Dates.

2024 Course Fees

The Quarter 2, 2024 course fees for the 11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice are $12,000.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs. Payment plans are available.

About this course

 

With this integrated approach, the advanced diploma has four specific goals for students:

  • Undertake a growth journey by integrating Spiritual Formation, Christian Counselling and Christian Coaching.
  • Expand your career path through dual practice and increase your earning potential.
  • Be equipped in your ministry and practice for the times we are living in
  • Wholistically support your clients

The advanced Diploma in Integrative Practice is designed to support the ongoing journey of students into professional practice that offers holistic client support. We know it can be daunting to decide on your next steps and make the transition into a thriving career. With a strong practical focus, this course provides the opportunity and support to do that in a way that equips you to ethically and effectively integrate your faith and practice.

For graduates of a Diploma in either counselling, coaching or other related community service (refer to the entry requirements), there are two speciality streams, counselling and coaching, so you can tailor your learning to align with your practice goals, whether they be in ministry, private practice or employment. 

Integrating counselling, coaching, and spiritual formation is a unique approach to a practice framework, support the diverse and often complex needs of clients as they heal from past concerns and develop meaningful ways to move towards their personal goals.

  • Engage in the learning environment through collaboration, learning and sharing insights with classmates covering the same material
  • Consistent progress with feedback given from trainers to enhance learning
  • Learn valuable skills in time management with a structured and organised learning experience and set due dates

Join us and be supported as you bridge the gap from student to professional and begin to define your future practice.

Vet Student Loan (VSL) is available for this course for eligible students. Click here for further information about VSL eligibility and the VSL program.

Delivery

11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice is delivered online over 18 months (and 12 months for the counselling stream). aifc is intentional in creating a vibrant and engaging learning community for students. Students have the option of completing all of their training with aifc online, complementing and supplementing their online training activities with the highly recommended seminar days, occurring for one Friday and Saturday of each term, providing a blended learning experience.

Our online systems and processes enable students to study online from anywhere in the world that has a reliable high-speed internet connection. Through the use of video conferencing and learner management platforms, students receive online training lectures, support from staff, and connection with other students to complete practical assessment requirements in an effective and practical manner.

Our courses are delivered through live, interactive online training for each unit of competency; these training sessions are recorded for your convenience if you cannot attend live. In addition to specific training for each unit, each term, aifc delivers a live skills-based seminar online or face-to-face. Students are required to attend a certain percentage of seminar days based on their course progression, which will allow them to develop skills and work alongside other students in the aifc community.

Friday of the seminar is a student-focused day, offering opportunities such as further practical skills practice, role-play observations of relevant unit content, and the opportunity to complete any current practical assessment tasks. Saturday’s seminar is an ‘aifc community day’ open to current students, aifc alumni and the wider community. Subject matter experts, guest speakers and staff members will share sessions and workshops relevant to our accredited courses’ training material and also as professional development for practising counsellors. Again, this presents another value-add and recommended opportunity for our students to engage further in their course content.

 

2023-2024 Study Periods & Census Dates

2023-2025 Study Periods & Census Dates

Course Units
Spiritual Formation Journey Topic Unit Code and Name
Heart Identity Apply specific and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship. Assess the client’s wellbeing, safety concerns and goals, and use counselling skills with a structured approach to counselling to work with clients on personal and psychological issues. NAT10900002 Establish and apply counselling skills
Explore the influence your faith has on your professional practice. Analyse own values, goals and professional wellbeing as part of an ongoing review for sustaining professional effectiveness. 

Faith In Practice

CHCPRP006 – Lead own professional practice

Mind & Body Build on established helping skills, develop coaching skills to explore client goals, and apply coaching models to support the client’s accountability and progress. NAT11207001 Apply Coaching skills
Apply a narrative approach to explore the impact of fear and anxiety in clients and own professional practice. Using counselling and coaching skills through a cognitive behavioural approach to support clients in overcoming the fear and anxiety impacting their lives. NAT11207002 Support clients to overcome fear and anxiety
Relationships and Community Disciplines and Practices Researching and applying a systemic approach to individual counselling or coaching clients to assess how personal relationships, behaviour patterns, and life choices impact their wellbeing and assist the client towards self-differentiation.

Research and apply systems theory

CHCPOL003 – Research and apply evidence to practice

Assess clients’ wellbeing, safety concerns and goals, using coaching skills within an ethical and structured approach to work with clients on personal concerns and spiritual growth NAT11207003 Support Spiritual Formation with clients

Vocation Culture

 

Build a thriving professional business through analysis of current marking, develop and implement marketing strategies and expanding client care offerings through online platforms. NAT10900011 Identify and develop counselling business opportunities
Assess clients’ wellbeing, safety concerns and goals and use an integration of counselling and coaching skills within an ethical and structured approach to work with clients on personal issues. NAT11207004 Apply an integrative approach for client wellbeing

 

Counselling Speciality Steam Electives

Establish the counselling relationship to assess different styles of attachment and use counselling skills to support the client move toward healthy attachment through the application of attachment theory. NAT11207007 Apply attachment theory with clients
Explore the meaning and effect of grief and loss issues and work with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss. CHCFCS004 – Grief and Loss Counselling
Explore and counsel clients dealing with complex contemporary legal, social and ethical issues in integrated counselling. Consider potential dilemmas in counselling practice and how these can be adequately addressed by practitioners. Reflect on one’s values and beliefs and be encouraged to think critically and ethically. NAT10900004 Work with complex contemporary and ethical issues in counselling
Interpret Biblical passages and apply theological insights in counselling. Specifically, a Christian counselling approach is applied to common spiritual issues of rejection, forgiveness, identity and self-acceptance.

NAT10900005 Apply Christian Counselling to common spiritual issues

 

Assess the impacts of neurodiversity with adults, and provide holistic support through the application of evidence-based counselling to assist clients in achieving their desired client goals. NAT11207006 Provide counselling for neurodiversity support

 

Coaching Speciality Steam Electives

Assess the implication of transitions on clients’ relationships and wellbeing; collaboratively develop goals and maintain client accountability in achieving desired outcomes. NAT11207008 Provide life and transitions coaching
Explore leaders’ current strengths, leadership challenges and areas for growth and work co-creatively to develop emotionally healthy goals for leadership and maintain client accountability in achieving desired leadership outcomes. NAT11207009 Provide leadership coaching
Support people through coaching with thoughts and behaviours associated with mild mental health disorders to achieve improvement in wellbeing, and to work collaboratively with other allied health professionals. NAT11207010 Provide coaching to assist mental and emotional wellbeing
Respectfully engage with clients, using an ethical and structured coaching approach to assess their concerns and goals for developing their spirituality.

NAT11207013 Provide spiritual coaching

 

 

Entry Criteria
All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport). Be of a mature age (over 18 years)

Entry to this qualification is open to prospective learners who hold either nationally recognised training products or non-accredited courses including:

  • hold a Diploma of Counselling or higher
  • hold the non-accredited Certificate of Christian Coaching with the Australian Institute of Family Counselling

           And have a high level of language and literacy levels sufficient to:

                   ○  interpret documents and published articles
                   ○  communicate clearly 

  • hold a Diploma of Youth Work or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Community Services or higher
  • hold a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Mental Health or higher
  • hold a Diploma of Financial Counselling or higher 
  • hold a Diploma of Child, Youth, and Family Interventions or higher
  • hold a Diploma in Coaching or higher
Seminar Locations

The course is delivered Online, and we have face to face seminars twice in the year at the following locations:

 

Seminars are offered at the following locations:

Twice a year, aifc offers face to face seminars in these locations:

 NSW

Stanmore House
53 Harrow Road
Stanmore NSW 2048

  VIC

One Church
184 Surrey Rd,
Blackburn VIC 3130

 QLD

Springlife
178 Springwood Road
Springwood QLD 4127

 WA

Perth Bible College
1 College Court
Karrinyup WA 6018

* View & download more detailed information of 2024 Training Weeks and Census Dates.

2024 Course Fees

The Quarter 2, 2024 course fees for the 11207NAT Advanced Diploma of Integrative Practice are $12,000.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs. Payment plans are available.

Why choose aifc?

At aifc we are:

Biblically integrated
Our courses integrate theology, psychology and spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.
Flexible
aifc offers live online training, allowing you to fit training in within your week. We also offer face to face training throughout the year.
Supportive
At aifc we place high importance to help our students connect to our supportive and inclusive 'aifc-community'. aifc is more than an educational facility, it's a place where friendships are made and professional relationships formed.
Our experienced and dedicated Trainers and Assessors go the extra mile to make a positive difference in our students' aifc journey. aifc staff support all our students to succeed in meeting the outcomes of their chosen course.
Taught by professionals
Our trainers and assessors are all experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one on one access to trainers makes the difference.
Affordable
aifc has processes in place for students to pay-as-you-learn to help make studying easy and more affordable. Students who meet the required eligibility criteria can also apply for an Australian Government Vet Student Loan. Further details about the Vet Student Loan are available.
abound
After completing the accreditation course with aifc, graduates can become part of the aifc Christian Counselling platform called Abound. Here, they can establish their own successful business and begin their new career.

We are nationally accredited

aifc offers accredited courses, as part of the counselling training pathway, in partnership with the Australian College of Ministries, a Sydney College of Divinity member, for those wishing to pursue or add to professional counselling qualifications.
  • 93.6%

    of students were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.
  • 88.9%

    of students would recommend aifc training.
  • 94.8%

    of students would recommend their training provider.
  • 95.5%

    were employed or enrolled in further study after training.
Over 98% of students
surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that they developed the skills expected from aifc training.
Over 98% of students
surveyed would recommend aifc to others.

What our students have to say:

  • “I have built my confidence and developed new skills.”
  • Genuine trainers who offered lots of help and guidance throughout the year.”
  • “The assessors are extremely thorough and helpful.”
  • “I love that God’s Word and the Christian perspective is weaved throughout.”
  • “I feel well equipped to go out and deliver a professional service.”

Danni Thomas

Graduate Diploma – Christian Counselling

My Christian counsellor encouraged me to consider studying with aifc. A defining moment post study has been stepping into an office where I was the one counselling others! My life has come full-circle.

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Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one-on-one access to trainers makes the difference.

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Flexible

aifc offers both live online and face-to-face training. You choose which delivery mode is best suited to your lifestyle and work commitments.

Accredited

Our courses include a range of VET accredited qualifications and non-accredited short courses. aifc is also the only Christian counselling provider to be accredited by ACA, CCAA and is a member of ITECA.

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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.

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Membership to aifc Counsel

An innovative online counselling platform, that offers state-of-the-art counselling features with the opportunity to collaborate with your counselling peers and build a thriving counselling practice.

 
 
 
 

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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