Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)


Next Enrolment January 2020


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Who is this course for?


This one-year Diploma of Counselling is designed for those people wanting to enter the counselling field. We introduce students to skilled ways of working with individuals, couples and families. Teaching Processwork Counselling methods, as well as training in methods for helping clients with excessive stress (or trauma). Our students may be young people wishing to embark on their first career as a counselling psychotherapist ; be mature age students wanting to develop new skills for a career change; or just be curious to explore the world of counselling.


This course can be taken to expand and deepen one's interpersonal skills, to enhance a current professional (and personal) life in any field, which includes health professionals, and human service providers (such as nurses, teachers, doctors, lawyers, welfare workers, therapists) whose work involves daily interactions with other people.


This course is ASQA accredited and meets entrance requirements for commencing our graduate level 2 year Professional Training in Process Oriented Psychotherapy. 


What material is covered?


Units are delivered in clusters as outlined below, contextualised for teaching Processwork Counselling

Cluster 1 - Introduction to counselling therapies and theories

CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories

CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling

Cluster 2 - Using the Process: Practising counselling therapeutic techniques

CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counseling relationship

CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counseling interview skills

CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies

Cluster 3 - Empowering clients through decisions and relationships

CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision making processes

CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships

Cluster 4 - Deep Democracy:  Facilitating diversity and developing cultural safety

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

Cluster 5 Working in mental health and supporting clients in altered states

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence

Cluster 6 - Working with trauma, and clients at risk

CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care

Cluster 7 – Professional Practice

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically



When and Where:


Training will be delivered as follows:


The residentials are intensive, immersive experiences where students apply their growing knowledge to practical situations, practicing in role-plays and exercises with fellow students, and receiving individualised feedback and coaching from the trainer.

The residential space is equipped with white board, TV monitors for viewing of recorded videos (of student’s live counselling work with clients), break-out rooms for student practice sessions and group space for group discussion.

Residentials are held at “Yaraandoo Life Centre” and on-site attendance is required at all three residentials.

Face to face or At-a-Distance Class sessions

During these class sessions, students are introduced to both theory and practice of Processwork Psychotherapeutic counselling practice. Students are involved in group discussion, individual practice in role plays and other exercises. The trainer presents new information through lecture, case studies and demonstrations; giving students individual tasks (describing research tasks), role-play exercises, and facilitating group discussions.  The context of the simulated workplace environment is incorporated into delivery methodologies throughout all training sessions. Students at a distance may attend via Internet conferencing (Zoom).

These class sessions are held at our main campus/ head office at 6 Belbowrie Close, Galston.

Practice sessions

Students are placed into small study groups and given specific training exercises for each practice session. Within these groups students may share more personally about issues within their own lives, such as their own autobiographical story, as they learn from each other which counselling approaches are experienced as the most supportive for different people. Students are required to keep both a personal journal and a log of their learning as counsellors. Both of these may be shared within this learning group if the student wants to discuss these with fellow students. As the course develops students try out increasingly complex exercises with each other, developing the micro-skills of counselling. As with the Class sessions, students at-a-distance may attend via Internet conferencing (Zoom).

Client sessions

As students build up their counselling skills, they are encouraged to begin practicing with suitable volunteers. The students make a video recording of their live work with volunteer clients, who have signed permission for this work to be viewed.  These videos are brought into class for detailed study and feedback concerning developing each student's counselling micro-skills.


Students are provided with class notes and readings that must be completed.  In addition to the class notes, there may be a small text that supports and accompanies the learning from the notes (students are given plenty of notice to organise purchase of these texts). .

Some assessment tasks are also completed during self-study.



How Much Does the Course Cost:


 Our course is one of the most competitively priced on the market at $9,500.00. (GST not included)

We do offer student payment plans with options to pay upfront, per term or per fortnight. If you enrol and pay your first instalment for this course before February 1st, you will receive the early bird discount of 10% or minus $950.00.




Entry Requirements:


An interest in the following:

  • Understanding different people
  • The diversity of how humans process information.
  • Developing skills in how to best relate to, and work with different people in a counselling role.


Application Process:


All of the following are to be submitted:  

  1. A Pathways Psychology Institute application form.
  2. Current Resume
  3. RPL form (if hoping to receive recognition of prior learning for any of the units in Diploma). Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL's) must be submitted at this time and will be assessed by our Director of Training.