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Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills

Health courses and degrees | Diploma of Counselling and Communication

What is a Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills?

The Diploma of Counselling and Communication Skills builds a foundation of key counselling and communication skills through a combination of theoretical and practical components. On completion, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career in the industry or take your credits into the Bachelor of Counselling.

This course offers the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the community sector. You’ll develop an understanding of human behaviour at different stages, behavioural problems and strategies for positive behaviour management, and the impact of society and culture. Learn how to critically review a range of theories in counselling and relate them to issues in practice, take an ethical approach to counselling and develop skills to assess, manage and refer clients accordingly.

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Learning outcomes

  • Explore an array of theoretical perspectives on counselling and discover the drivers for human behaviour.
  • Learn how to evaluate different situations to determine your best approach.
  • Study the core principles of case management.
  • Understand common mental health conditions, behaviours and thought patterns.
Study mode
Online
Campus locations
Online
Student
Domestic
Course duration
1 year full time, part-time options available
Start date
19 Feb 2024
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Learn from counselling experts
Our counselling academics understand where the mental health industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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40+ years of counselling experience
Our heritage with the Jansen Newman Institute ensures you’re learning from more than 40 years of counselling experience.
When you study with us, you’ll get hands-on practical experience in world-class clinics making a difference to real patients.
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Career opportunities

This course will prepare you with the skills to enter a successful career in corporate health or aged care, or to further your study in health at bachelor’s level.

Potential career paths

  • Family Services Worker
    Average salary: $73,330 - $114,495
  • Disability Support Manager
    Average salary: $81,596-$128,133
  • Health Promotion Officer
    Average salary: $80,769 - $99,500
Elennie Perrett
I would 100% recommend studying with Torrens University whether online or on campus it’s a university that is there for the students.
Elennie Perrett
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing | HWEL2006
  • Professional Communication and Collaboration | HSC101
  • Case Management and Understanding Community Services | HCCSSD101
  • Person-Centred Practice | HCCSSD102
  • Mental Health | HCCSSD103
  • Lifespan Development | HCCSSD104
  • Theories of Counselling | HCCSSD105
  • Professional Practice and Industry Placement | HCCSSD106

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor courses ( 3 options )
    • Bachelor of Community Services

      CRICOS 111741F

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    • Bachelor of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    • Bachelor of Psychological Science

      Domestic students only

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

Postgraduate

  • Graduate Certificate courses ( 2 options )
    • Graduate Certificate of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

    • Graduate Certificate of Public Health

      CRICOS 097405K

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      Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

  • Graduate Diploma courses ( 2 options )
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Complete four more subjects to expand or deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

    • Graduate Diploma of Public Health

      CRICOS 097406J

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      Complete four more subjects to expand or deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

  • Master courses ( 4 options )
    • Master of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Counselling Advanced

      Domestic students only

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Public Health

      CRICOS 097404M

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Public Health Advanced

      CRICOS 095594E

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

Industry partners and work placements

Students are eligible to join the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (RCAP). Work-Integrated Learning and Clinical Practicum Experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. 

Work placement hours

During your degree, you’ll undertake 120 hours clinical experience at an external organisation.

Entry details

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR

Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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