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.


The following information is for courses commencing in 2020:


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.

The two-day seminar blocks are offered in four major capital cities across Australia, over a
Friday and Saturday once a term. Although not compulsory in order to complete an
accredited course, students are strongly encouraged to attend these days where they can
participate in value-add experiences to complement and supplement their other training

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
Use communication to build relationships
The skills and knowledge required to establish, build and maintain
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
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate, reflect and enhance your practice as a Christian counsellor.
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.
Research and apply personality theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories human development and stages of faith to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
The skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing, with a focus on God’s redemptive restoration process.
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.
Work with diverse people
Understand core cultural values and beliefs to respectfully counsel people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The skills and knowledge required to identify and promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the helping process.
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
The skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively to assess and support people with co-existing mental health, alcohol and other drug issues and to facilitate links to other services.
Establish and confirm the counselling
A structured approach to Christian counselling
to help determine, establish and confirm the
counsellor/client relationship.
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 work collaboratively to
minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access support services.
Select and use counselling therapies
Use techniques from a range of counselling
therapies, including Christian approaches, and confirm the suitability of counselling techniques
in a range of situations.
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.
Apply learning theories in counselling
Integrating theology, psychology and spirituality
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
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
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.
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Engaging clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way that incorporates theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to people’s problems..
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:


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 Seminar Locations & Dates for 2020.


2019 Course Fees
Total Course Fee VET Student Loan Available Min. Self-Funded Portion
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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.

2020 Course Fees

Beginning of the Year Course Fees 2020

The course fees for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling are $8,925.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding.

Midyear Course Fees 2020

Click here to see a detailed breakdown of course fees, unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding for this course.

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
Bible Based?

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
by professionals?

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 learning?

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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