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Short Course in Counselling
Statement of Attainment in CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling
This course can provide you with the training needed to acquire basic counselling skills—either as a stepping stone to enter the field or be an additional skill set to your career.

If you work as a teacher or HR professional, you can also benefit from this course as it can give you the basic mechanisms in handling difficult situations as you encounter them.
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Up to 4 months
3 units of competency
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Course Summary

Duration
Up to 4 months
Units
3 units of competency

Counselling is a rewarding field that offers plenty of career opportunities and is ideal for those who genuinely have an interest in helping people struggling with their everyday problems. There are a variety of specialisations in counselling that make it an invaluable career path, giving you the opportunity be impactful and make a difference in someone's life.

Our Statement of Attainment in CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling is a course that can provide you with the training needed to acquire basic counselling skills - either as a stepping stone to enter the field or be an additional skill set to your career. 

If you work as a teacher or HR professional, you can also benefit from this course as it can give you the basic mechanisms in handling difficult situations as you encounter them.


What will you learn?

  • Understanding the process of counselling, from beginning to end. 
  • Supporting clients by working through their issues and concerns.
  • Developing interpersonal and counselling skills.


What are the course outcomes?


This course is ideal if you want to develop basic counselling skills and want to have a solid understanding of the process involved. This taster course in counselling is not only subject to individuals who work in caring professions, but may also benefit those who generally want to learn the basics of counselling in order to provide further support to their family and friends.

There are many outcomes that can come from the Short Course in Counselling and these may include:
  • Having the ability to provide counselling: If you're passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of others, it'll be a great advantage for you to know the basics of counselling and provide further support, either in a professional or personal setting.
  • Be prepared for difficult situations: The short course includes simulated counselling sessions where you'll get to work with a variety of clients across different circumstances. It also includes role-playing assessments that can give you the practical skills needed to approach certain situations.
  • An opportunity for a career change: If you're planning on changing careers to counselling, this course can be a perfect introduction to the field. If you successfully complete it, you may be able to pursue further study in the area, which can help you make a seamless career transition and pursue a career as a counsellor.


Why should you do this course?

  • Receive an industry-recognised certificate of attainment in counselling skills. This means that if you complete this course, you'll receive a certificate that acknowledges your unique skill set in basic counselling, which you can share to potential employers and your peers.
  • Learn job-ready skills through role-playing assessments and simulation. Counselling is a hands-on field so this course has been designed to offer you practical skills through role-playing. This gives you the opportunity to connect with your colleagues, family or friends to participate. This course also includes simulated counselling sessions that will help you prepare for real-life scenarios.
  • Learn from inspiring and highly supportive industry experts. Our trainers have years of industry experience under their belt, so you'll be well-supported as soon as you commence your studies. You'll have the opportunity for one-on-one video tutorials, as well as assessment walk-throughs as you make progress. 

You'll have access to the Short Course in Counselling for up to 4 months, giving you time to study at your own pace and the flexibility to develop your skills. Having counselling skills can benefit you from both a professional and personal standpoint. Whether it's your intended career path or your motivation to help others through difficult times, this learning opportunity will benefit you in the long-term.
Course structure

This course comprises three units that will provide you with the training needed to gain skills in basic counselling. By the end of your studies, you'll receive a Statement of Attainment in CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling, which will provide you with recognised skills as part of your professional development.

The duration for this course can take up to 4 months, depending on your skills, experience and expertise.

In this course, you'll learn to:

  • Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

Other personal skills you may learn along the way include: 

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Open minded-ness
Inclusions

By choosing Upskilled, you'll gain access to supplementary resources that can help with your studies. These inclusions aim to enhance your online learning experience, making it interactive and engaging. These include:

  • Access to Upskilled's customised learning platform, MyUpskilled
  • Student Support Team
  • Specialist trainers
  • Online tutorials

Video content access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning
  • ClickView
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer
You may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT) provided that you have supporting evidence of any prior education and work experience. This can either reduce your study load or shorten the duration of your course. Prior to enrolment, please speak with your Education Consultant for further details. 

Following enrolment, you can request further information from Student Support. A trainer will then be assigned to assess your eligibility for RPL and/or CT. 

Looking to upskill even further? 

Did you know that if you complete the Short Course in Couselling, you'll have done units that are recognised in the full qualification CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling. This course is a great step up if you want to receive a nationally-recognised qualification, and be on the pathway in becoming a professional counsellor.

Practical Assessment
Upskilled provides a very practical approach to this short course. As part of your assessment, you will be a counsellor within a simulated workplace. You will be required to complete a minimum of 3 counselling sessions with at least 3 different clients with varying issues (9 role plays in total).

This approach will provide much-needed hands-on practice in counselling clients and will allow you to apply learning and counselling theories in practice.
Assessment
This course will have you undertake summative and formative assessments, write reports and/or create a portfolio. You'll also be working on a variety of projects that require your own research as well as answering various written/oral questions that apply the theory you learn into practice.
Role-Playing and Interactive Learning Activities
This course comes with Interactive Learning Activities. Upskilled understands the importance of practical experience, so to complement the theory components of your course, our specialist trainers may run ad-hoc Interactive Learning Activities. 

You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students - sharing questions, thoughts and ideas, as well as participating together in interactive learning activities.

While the Interactive Learning Activities are not mandatory, your participation is encouraged. You can receive some additional benefits and support, which may include:
  • Having a study buddy where you can bounce off ideas and help each other with assessments.
  • Online Classrooms where our specialist trainers can go over learning content that's part of your course.
  • Activities that relate to your assessments, which can help boost your knowledge and skills.
Additionally, role-playing is included in some of the learning areas of this course. It will also make up some of the practical elements of your assessments, including the assessments in your supervised counselling sessions.

The benefits of role-playing 

Upskilled believes that you can benefit from undertaking role-playing activities throughout your studies. Not only are they fun and interactive, it gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other participants such as other students, your family, friends and or colleagues.

Below are some benefits you can experience when role-playing:
  • Improved decision-making and communication skills: Working in health and community services may involve you working in a variety of work settings. Professionals in this field are expected to make decisions and communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. Our role-playing assessments can help further improve your decision-making and communication skills in a community service workplace. 
  • Preparation for supervised counselling sessions: Role-playing is effective in helping you prepare for your supervised counselling sessions. The skills and knowledge developed from your role-playing assessments are based on scenarios you may face when working in the community services industry.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to be "work-ready": Due to the interactive nature of role-playing, it can be an opportunity to practice community service industry roles with volunteers and other students in order to enhance your knowledge and skills. Job roles within this field are "hands-on", so role-playing can prepare you for the physical nature of the work - particularly in the disability and aged care sectors.

Course Detail

The Short Course in Counselling is ideal for those wanting to understand the process and the skills needed to support clients and work through their mental health issues. This will provide you with the training needed to acquire basic counselling skills and be comfortable in building rapport with clients, as well as further developing your interpersonal skills. 

This course is also ideal if you have a profession outside of counselling that requires you to manage difficult situations with people from time to time. You could be working as a HR professional managing conflict between colleagues or an experienced teacher working with young people in managing their mental health issues.

Upskilled will provide you with ongoing support throughout your studies and you'll be working closely with highly experienced trainers. If you successfully complete this short course, you may also have the opportunity to pursue further studies and be on the pathway of becoming a counsellor.

Course Structure

To satisfy the requirements of this course, you'll need to complete the following units of competency.

  • CHCCSL001
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor client relationship according to the agency’s counselling model. This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • CHCCSL003
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work though concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion. This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

  • CHCCSL002
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship. This unit applies to those who work with clients who are experiencing mental health issues or for those looking to gain interpersonal and basic counselling skills to supplement their existing profession.

Completion Certificate

You will gain individual certificates after completing each course

Entry requirements

Start date
Upskilled always want to ensure that our students are enrolled in the right course for them.

These entry requirements are here as a guide and it's always best to talk to one of our Education Consultants if you have any questions, as they're trained to ensure that you're enrolled in a course that aligns with your career goals.

As a guide, entrants to this program may:
  • Have completed Year 12, or equivalent


*Additional eligibility criteria may be applicable and affected by other factors and personal circumstances. Please speak with our Education Consultants to confirm your eligibility for this course.

Educators

Upskilled's trainers in the CHC faculty have well-rounded skill sets and industry experience to help ensure that you're well-trained and prepared for any career challenge you experience in the community services field. 

Approaching training with empathy, compassion and openness, you'll find that our trainers in the CHC faculty will help you develop the job-ready skills needed to prepare you for a career where you can make a difference everyday.

Below are some of the examples of support you may receive in the CHC faculty:

  • Assessment walkthroughs (recorded)

  • Assessment and Academic support sessions

  • Additional resources and professional development opportunities

  • Peer support and practical practise sessions via Zoom

  • Online recorded Training facilitated by your Trainer/Assessor

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