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Diploma Of Counselling

Build a foundation for a fulfilling career

Take the first step towards a rewarding career in counselling through this accredited vocational course.

The Diploma of Counselling provides you with a sound understanding of counselling theories and strategies. You will gain knowledge in the therapy styles available for clients and gain an insight into varying techniques and evaluation processes for use with clients on human behavioural issues. The course is skills and employability foundation based, as opposed to substantial theory or research centred.

Upon graduation, you will be qualified for entry level roles in the community service sector, fully equipped to apply your counselling skills.

The Diploma of Counselling is also a pathway into the Bachelor level of study. Once you complete the Diploma of Counselling, you will also be eligible to enrol in either of the following JNI Bachelor courses with course credit:

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

Course Quick Guide

Qualification Title Diploma of Counselling

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time On-campus / Online or Blended Delivery


Part-time On-campus / Online or Blended Delivery

Study options – Overseas students


Start Dates

February, May, September

Course Length

Full Time: 1 year, 3 study periods.
Part Time: 1.5 years, 5 study periods

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving: The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students


Course study requirements

FT - 3 study periods of 3hrs per subject (3 workshops for online students only) plus personal study

PT - 5 study periods of 3hrs per subject (3 workshops for online students only) plus personal study


3 Assessments per subject consisting of quizes/case studies and practical observation of Demonstrated skills and knowledge.

All tasks satisfactory based with competency for completed subjects


Sydney Campus or Online

Delivered by

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI)

Accrediting body


CRICOS Course code (if applicable)


Training Package details: http://training.gov.au/Training/Details/CHC51712

* Not all study options are offered at each intake. Please speak with a Course and Careers Advisor for more information.

What are my career opportunities?

The need for skilled, empathic workers in the field of counselling is growing. On completion of your diploma you will have the skills and knowledge required to begin a fulfilling career in a range of avenues such as:

  • Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Child & Family
  • Couples / Marriage / Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Help lines
  • Youth Work
  • Mental Health

Your counselling career could start in positions ranging from providing direct services, such as counselling to individuals or families, to working within organisations and being involved with groups, communities, social planning, advocacy or social action.

Subject Descriptions

DIPCOUCCS13 Counselling and communication skills

This subject provides the necessary basic counselling skills for structured workplace application in the context of delivering a range of community services within an agreed agency’s counselling model. It prepares students to apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills within their work practice.

DIPCOUTCR13 The counselling relationship

This subject prepares students to better understand their client groups and issues impacting the lives of their clients, and to assist them to work through their concerns. Necessary knowledge in the goals of therapy, techniques and evaluations; multicultural counselling and ethical issues is described. Information is provided to deal with cultural awareness for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.

DIPCOUECC13 Evolution of Counselling and current techniques

This subject provides an introduction to the application of key concepts and constructs underlying theories of personality and human development. This will provide a foundation for understanding human behaviour and assisting in the facilitation of the client-counsellor relationship and counselling process. It will assist with applying stimulus-response and social learning theory to formulate and monitor a program for behaviour change in a counselling context.

DIPCOUUOS13 Understanding our society

This subject provides knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in the community services industry, in which work is planned and implemented. It identifies social and cultural issues impacting on Australian society and analyses / monitors the impacts of social and cultural factors.

DIPCOUDCS13 Developing your counselling skills

Knowledge and skills relating to using a range of counselling therapies is described to assist clients who are dealing with a variety of life issues, leading to support of clients in planning a course of action. The subject provides knowledge and skills required to offer support for individuals experiencing loss, grief and bereavement in a range of community service contexts.

DIPCOUARC13 Assessment, referral and case management

This subject provides the knowledge and skills required to facilitate all aspects of case planning. Basic competencies required by community service workers to recognise and respond appropriately to signs and symptoms that indicate individuals at risk are described. The subject focuses on the identification and management of immediate risk in the context of a supportive, helping relationship that seeks collaboration in achieving safe outcomes.

DIPCOURRC13 Reflection and responsibilities in counselling

This subject assists with evaluation of your own work and to undertake continuing self-development and effective supervision within an ethical code of practice. Skills and knowledge are described in this subject to deliver an ethical and legal counselling service and to ensure client rights are protected. Rights and responsibilities of client and counsellor are addressed, including issues that may impact on the client-counsellor relationship. The subject provides details to ensure the legal and ethical framework endorses clear guidelines are available to counsellors and clients regarding their rights and responsibilities.

DIPCOUUMH13 Understanding mental health issues

This subject applies to working with clients affected by mental illness in a rage of community service work contexts. It goes on to describe the knowledge and skills and attitudes required to work in a client directed and oriented way with those living with mental health issues. Details are provided on indicators of client’s mental health status, in order to clarify their suitability for counselling services or their need for referral. Functions are described in providing information to clients; reporting; or referring issues outside scope of practice of the individual worker. Workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to WHS processes, are specified particularly where there is responsibility for their own work outputs. The subject reflects any specific workplace risk, hazards and associated safety practices.

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