Build foundational counselling skills to support people in stressful situations even without formal training. Apply the person-centred approach as a framework to empower others. Help them find their own solutions by reminding them of their strengths.
During this course you'll learn to:
Apply foundational counselling skills such as active listening, paraphrasing and reflecting
Create wellness habits for self-care
Respond to crisis situations
Use the person-centred approach to help people
Recognise situations that require referral to a professional
You'll leave this course with:
A Certificate of Attendance
A potential pathway to further study in counselling, youth work, community or mental health services
The confidence to support people experiencing difficulty or distress
A practical framework for managing issues and foundational counselling skills such as active listening, reflecting and paraphrasing
Strategies to establish boundaries and to apply self-care for your own mental wellbeing
Learn a new skill and improve your career prospects
Explore a hobby in a fun and supportive environment
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this course.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:
No formal counselling qualifications but are often asked to act as a counsellor by others
A passion for supporting and empowering people
A natural inclination towards helping others
The desire to learn how to respond to emotional and stressful situations
An interest in expanding and complementing your skillset
A need to refresh your foundational counselling skills for continuing professional development
This course contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this course and in any future employment in this field. If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
This is not a licensed occupation. However, depending on your membership in professional organisations such as the Australian Counselling Association, this course can update your skills and can be used for your continuing professional development.
Pursue an interest or upskill in your chosen field with another course.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous work experience and study history. You may be able to use recognition of prior learning when applying for a course in the future. If you're successful, you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses can be made up of a combination of core and specialty units.
Core units consist of the knowledge you'll need to build key skills for success in your field, industry or hobby.
TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.
TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)
TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
TAFE NSW Libraries
Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential
Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home
LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills
Student associations – get social with our student community
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.