The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) has introduced a seventh qualification to its suite of programs in the Counselling discipline. The Higher Education program, called the Diploma of Counselling Skills is a realignment of ACAP’s existing Diploma of Counselling, which will be replaced by the new sub-bachelor course from September 2017.
Designed to deliver core skills and support students in reaching their study goals, the course offers access to academic units for those wanting exposure to higher education at an entry level. Example units include: Preparation for Academic Study, Psychology of Health and Wellness and Developmental Psychology.
“A key driver in moving the diploma to the Higher Education level is the flexibility of curriculum development and positioning,” said Professor Denis O’Hara, Head of ACAP’s School of Counselling.
“A Higher Education Diploma can not only have a bespoke format to allow for adaptation to industry skills needs, but can also form an integrated part of the full Bachelor of Counselling degree unit structure. This means students who wish to continue study have a relatively seamless transition to further study.”
Eligible students will be able to access FEE-HELP for the new undergraduate Diploma.
The Australian Government Jobs Outlook website reports moderate to strong employment growth for counsellors continuing through to 2020.
ACAP’s new Diploma of Counselling Skills will be a standalone qualification. Its graduates will be ready for roles as phone counsellors, therapeutic services coordinators, family, residential or mental health support workers.
The Diploma has a strong skills focus and an emphasis on personal and professional development. Students will also be introduced to mental health topics as well as ethics and legal issues.
The first intake of the Undergraduate Diploma of Counselling Skills commences on 18 September at ACAP’s Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane CBD campuses. The course is also available in blended study mode which is comprised of online learning plus compulsory attendance of on-campus workshops. The course duration is one-year full-time, or two-years part-time.
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For details of entry criteria and program content, go to the Diploma of Counselling Skills course page.