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Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

Course Description


Course Overview

Understand the human mind and the counselling process.

Learn practical skills and techniques to successfully help others work through their problems with counselling. This online course was designed by experts for anyone whose role has a pastoral care component or those who would like to pursue a career in counselling.

Duration & study load

300 hours.  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete this diploma in three months (two modules per month).

Course features

  • Extend your understanding of psychology
  • Learn the skills to counsel people and help them resolve their problems
  • Prepare yourself to begin formal qualification in this field


Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.


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Module 1

Introduction to Psychology
  • The nature and scope of psychology
  • Neurological basis of behaviour
  • Environmental effects on behaviour
  • Consciousness and perception
  • Personality
  • Psychological development
  • Needs, drives and motivation

Module 2

Psychology & Counselling
  • Stress
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Individual behaviour
  • Group behaviour
  • Methods of dealing with abnormalities
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Module 3

Counselling Skills
  • Learning specific counselling skills
  • Listening & bonding
  • Reflection
  • Questioning
  • Interview techniques
  • Changing beliefs and normalising
  • Finding solutions
  • Ending the counselling

Module 4

Advanced Counselling Skills
  • The Counselling Session – how micro-skills come together
  • Focus on the Present – present experiences; feedback; transference; projection; resistance
  • Telephone Counselling – non-visual contact; preparation; initial contact; overall process; debriefing; types of problem callers
  • Dealing with Crises – defining crisis; types of crisis; counsellor’s responses and intervention; post-traumatic stress
  • Aggression – expressing anger; encouraging change; role-play; externalising anger
  • Depression – blocked anger; referral practice; chronic depression; setting goals; promoting action
  • Grief and Loss – loss of relationships; children and grief; stages of grief
  • Problem-Solving Techniques : Suicide – ethics; reasons for suicide; perceived risk; counselling strategies;

Module 5

Professional Practice in Counselling
  • Understanding Counselling
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Understanding the Self: Self-awareness; Self-monitoring; Self-concept; Social Perception; Attribution theory.
  • Personality: What is a healthy personality?; Trait approach; Psychodynamic approach; Humanistic approach; Social learning and cognitive approaches.
  • Emotions & Behaviour: What are emotions?; Emotions and Counselling; Effect on communication
  • Supervision: Why supervision?; Working with others; Quantity and effectiveness of supervision; Personal counselling; Dependency; Types of supervision.
  • Referral Practice: Counselling v mental health issues; Secondary care counsellors; Abnormal psychology; Anxiety; Depression; Schizophrenia; Personality disorders.

Module 6

Counselling Techniques
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l – Freud, Erikson, Jung
  • Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll – Adler
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches I – Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches II – Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
  • Rational behavioural therapy – Albert Ellis
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy – Aaron Beck
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Solution-focused counselling

About The Career Academy

By submiting an enquiry on this Diploma in Psychology & Counselling, you will receive a complimentary course consultation with The Career Academy. The Career Academy is a leading Australian provider of online courses. Their education driven team are committed to providing exceptional online courses and personal tutor support. The Career Academy offers a range of specialist courses to improve job performance and their focus is on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards. The Career Academy’s course delivery is flexible, so their students can study with minimal disruption to their daily life. They offer flexible payment plans so anyone wanting to learn has the opportunity no matter their circumstances. Many of their tutors are qualified Chartered Accountants and hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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