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CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

National ID: CHC51015 | State ID: AZA0

Do you have a desire to listen to and help others?

This nationally recognised qualification provides the first step towards a career in Counselling and entry into the counselling profession. You'll learn the skills and knowledge to work with clients experiencing complex situations requiring advanced interviewing and communication skills in a community services setting. During the course you will gain industry experience and grow your expertise by completing two supervised field placements with one of 170 government and community agencies.

You may work in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence, housing, adolescent development, or parenting and relationships - giving you a competitive edge to secure employment in this fast-growing industry.

Counsellors 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 counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice. 

This course may be of particular interest to graduates of Diploma or higher in community services, youth work, mental health, allied field or applicants with more than two years work/volunteer experience in community services. If you have not already completed the above you may be able to complete a combined Diploma of Community Services and Diploma of Counselling.

The course is delivered over 12 months and is grouped into 3 stages (approx. 40 weeks) Each stage comprises of a grouping of units which sequentially builds skills and knowledge for the qualification.

Stage 1 comprises of units relating to workplace safety, compliance, diversity and communication which provide the knowledge and foundation for the remaining units

Stage 2 comprises of units which relate specifically to the specialist areas of these qualifications in the areas of Counselling, Community Development and Youth Work.

Stage 3 comprises of units that relate to working with complex individuals and managing services for clients in crisis.

Enchance your employment options by doing a dual qualification

If you choose to enrol in additional units you can gain a dual qualification with one of the below. These options are discussed with students prior to enrolling.

CHC52015 | Diploma of Community Services

This qualification reflects the roles of community services and case management workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

CHC50413 | Diploma of Youth Work

This qualification reflects the role of people with responsibility for the development and the outcomes of programs and services for young people managed through a range of agencies and designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people. This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and welfare agencies.

Have you completed prior studies?

If learners complete all the units on the timetable, plus have completed CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services, they will gain certification in CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling and CHC51413 Diploma of Youth Work.

Entrance Requirements

Course requirements

Work placement

Important information

Job opportunities

How to apply

Entrance Requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III
Course requirements

Legal requirements 

National Police Clearance must be no older than 6 months at time of enrolment. Working with Children Check (valid for 3 years).

Transport

Part of the Community Services course may require you to attend work placement at agencies in Geraldton. You will need to arrange your own transport to and from the agencies during work placement. You may also be required to attend other organisations and venues for project work, you will need to arrange your own transport to and from Central Regional TAFE in these situations.

Work placement

During the course you will gain industry experience and grow your expertise by completing supervised field placements within government and community agencies. You may work in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence, housing, adolescent development, or parenting and relationships - giving you a competitive edge to secure employment in this fast-growing industry.

Important information

VET Student Loans

This qualification is eligible for the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. Eligible students can opt to defer the payment of all or part of their tuition fees by applying for a VET Student Loan. VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements. Approved loans become a personal debt with the Commonwealth (HELP debt) until it is repaid.

For more information on VET Student Loans at Central Regional TAFE click here.

For other VET Student Loan eligible courses please visit: www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans Opens in a new window

Disclaimer

Courses at Central Regional TAFE are delivered subject to resources and demand. For the latest information, check with the appropriate campus, as course availability may be subject to review and change.

Job opportunities

Successful completion of this course provides you with the opportunity to gain positions in the  community service sector as a counsellor.

 

How to apply
On Campus (Full-Time or Part-Time)
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Flexible and Other Study Types 
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Apprenticeships and Traineeships 
For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study. Find out more here.
International Students 
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Short Courses and Skill Sets

Enrol in a short course or skill set by completing the form below, calling our student services team on 1800 672 700 or visiting your local campus.

 

Delivery location, important dates and study options

Training at CRTAFE will be offered with a blended, flexible delivery model to enable social distancing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. This approach may include a combination of online and classroom based delivery, as well as practical and work experience placements. While the mode of delivery may vary, the content and key learning outcomes of the course will remain the same. Lecturers will provide specific instructions to their student groups on how training will be undertaken and the support available to them.

Semester 1, 2021

Geraldton Campus - Dual Qualification CHC51015 | Diploma of Counselling and CHC52015 | Diploma of Community Services or CHC50413 | Diploma of Youth Work

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Overview
Duration 2 semester/s
When Semester 1, 2021
Where Geraldton Campus
How Face to face (subject to quota)
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Page last updated October 30, 2020