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Offering Info

Diploma of Counselling

  • National Course Code: CHC51015
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC51015-01V01-21WLG-015

Location – Griffith

Study Type

FT Connected

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

30 Hours per week

Duration

36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who 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 is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • Work placement hours are built into the course via a strong practical focus and industry partnership. Provide a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) and Criminal Record Check prior to work placement.

Connect with the Mental Health, Youth Work and Counselling (MHYWC) Team by joining the weekly drop in session each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12.00pm (public holidays excluded). This informal meeting will connect you with the MHYWC Team, supporting you to find out about our current courses and upcoming opportunities https://tinyurl.com/y4jg4yqz

To register for an information session, head to tafensw.edu.au/infofest. Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!

INFORMATION SESSIONS

To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Monday 18 January 2021 | 2.30pm to 4.30pm | An online Information Session will be conducted via a Microsoft Teams link: https://tinyurl.com/y5zx64y6

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is a full-time connected course. You will need to attend approximately 15 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 1 year. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self directed research, reading and assessment preparation.

This course is offered by Connected Classroom (also known as Virtual Classroom). This is just like a regular classroom experience, but we use technology to bring everyone together through a group video call. You will be able to see and talk to your teacher and other students. Your teacher can be in one TAFE location, and you can join the class from another TAFE location using video conferencing equipment, or on a mobile device from your home or work. Teachers and students can present course materials, engage and interact with one another, and work in small groups together, all as though they were in the room with you.

Sessions are hosted on Microsoft Teams. This provides all the benefits of classroom workshops - working with other students, asking questions with immediate answers from teachers and peers, and encouraging deeper discussions and learning - with the flexibility of online learning, as well as enabling us to provide training to a much wider range of communities and people. Virtual study is time efficient, keeps you in touch with others of similar interests, allows you to participate from any location. You will also have access to support to meet your learning needs.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who 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 qualification supports roles which require strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with people in distress. This Diploma of Counselling can be used as credit for a number of courses which lead to accreditation as a Counsellor. Student is advised to research possible avenues of credit and accreditation. For example universities may provide up to a years credit towards a bachelor degree in social work, counselling, psychology.

This qualification contains content which may have challenging and confronting material, for example: poverty, bereavement, aggression, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, mental illness. You need to be prepared for this. Firstly, consider if this is the right time for you to be studying or working in this area. Secondly, consider how you will seek support if you find these topics difficult.

If you are concerned about this, you can contact our Counselling and Career development services to help you make the right course choice https://www.tafensw.edu.au/counselling-career-development-services.

SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 2.30pm via connected learning (MS Teams). This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE

This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Further costs in addition to your student fees may be applicable for this qualification. These costs are to provide you with additional resources to support your learning. The following resources can be sourced directly by the student:

  1. Geldard, D, Geldard, K, Yin Foo, R, (2017) Basic Personal Counselling 10th Edition Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd. This text is also available as an e-book with TAFE NSW library.
  2. Gehart, Diane R, (2015) Theory and Treatment Planning in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.

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Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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RECOGNITION

Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

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Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCGMB001 Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Griffith
Neville Place, Griffith
Phone 131 601

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