Diploma of Counselling | Australian Institute of Family Counselling

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

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.


CHC51015 Diploma of counselling is available either as a full-time or part-time study option.
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, or they may choose to complement and supplement 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, with 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, 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 delivered a live skills-based seminar online or face to face. Students are required to attend a certain percentage of seminar days based on your course progression, which will allow you to develop skills and work alongside other students in the aifc community.

The Friday is a student focussed 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.
The Saturday is ‘aifc community day’ open to current students, aifc alumni and the wider
community. Subject matter expert, 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.

Course Units
Training Module Topic Unit Code and Name
This group of units lay the
foundation for your personal
discipleship journey and the
learning of basic counselling
skills, ethics, and God’s
redemptive work in the life of
the believer.
We look at working with
those from other cultures
and some introductory
interventions around
depression and anxiety.

Our guiding biblical text is
Ephesians 2:19-22
Establish, build and maintain relationships with clients and others from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational counselling skills of attending, respect and empathy CHCCOM002
Use communication to build relationships
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor/client relationship CHCCSL001
Establish and confirm the counselling
Identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workers CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
Understand and apply a range of personality theories, human development and stages of faith to analyse and understand human behaviour CHCCSL004
Research and apply personality theories
Establish relationships, clarify needs, and provide support to people who are living with mental health issues. CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Use advanced and specialised communication skills in the client – counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.

Apply specialist interpersonal and
counselling interview skills
Understand core cultural values and beliefs to respectfully counsel people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
Identify and promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the helping process  CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Assess and promote body, soul and spiritual wellbeing with clients with a focus on God’s redemptive restoration process CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
We introduce you to a
specific model of Christian
counselling and the basics
of Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy which integrates
theology, psychology and
spirituality. We look at
working with those who
are suicidal and supporting
those in grief.
Our guiding biblical text is
Ephesians 4:11-13
Evaluate, reflect and enhance your practice as a Christian counsellor CHCPRP003
Reflect and improve upon professional
Recognise 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 CHCCCS019
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Use techniques from a range of counselling therapies including Christian approaches and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, to confirm the suitability of counselling techniques in a range of client situations CHCCSL006
Select and use counselling therapies
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts CHCCSL007
Support counselling clients in decision making
Integrating theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to apply behaviourism in counselling practice and learn to analyse environmental modelling influences and their outcomes CHCCSL005
Apply learning theories in counselling
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination. CHCCSM005
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of
case management
Recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
Engaging clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way that incorporates theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to people’s problems CHCCSL003
Facilitate the counselling relationship and
Entry Criteria
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)

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.

Locations Offered

Seminars offered at the following locations:

Please note that seminars may be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Stanmore House

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

Karrinyup WA 6018

View & download more detailed information of 2022 Training Weeks and Census Dates.


2022 Course Fees

The course fees for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling are $9792.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET
Student Loan funding.

What should I look for when choosing a provider?

When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself



Our courses integrate theology, psychology and spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


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.



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


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.



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.


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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