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Diploma of Counselling Skills

Diploma of Counselling Skills

Develop foundational knowledge and ignite your passion for counselling
Diploma of Counselling Skills
1 Year Full Time
CRICOS Code: 0101661
Australian Qualification Framework: 5
Available at
Adelaide*, Brisbane*, Byron Bay*, Melbourne, Perth*, Sydney
*Course available to domestic students only
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Be intrigued by the human mind

Bachelor of Psychological Science


The Diploma of Counselling Skills (DipCounSk) provides an introduction to the field of counselling and provides graduates with a strong skills foundation and theory base from which to provide community service and counselling support within the community services and health industries.

The course introduces students to counselling theories as well as an understanding of mental health and wellness, ethical and legal practice, and personal and professional development.

This course has been accredited by ACAP under its self-accrediting authority.

*This course is not available to international students on campus in Perth, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Adelaide.

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What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Diploma of Counselling Skills.


Reflective learning and practice
Psychology of health and wellness
Counselling skills
Personal and professional management
Development psychology
Social, legal and ethical frameworks

Course structure

The Diploma of Counselling Skills course is comprised of 8 units, which are level 100 units.

The course duration is 1 year full time or up to 3 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Pathways for future study

Graduates of the Diploma of Counselling Skills can utilise these skills to enhance their current occupation. Completion of the course can also be a pathway to further learning, such as credit towards the Bachelor of Counselling. Please discuss credit for recognition of prior learning with an ACAP team member prior to enrolment.

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