Diploma of Counselling

CRICOS Course Code | 095788F

Course Overview

If you are planning to start the journey to having a career in counselling, are looking to improve your current career or want to further your own personal development, our framework ensures you will be getting the most out your studies.

As part of our counselling course you will become familiar with evidence-based counselling models, strategies and therapies as well as various communication techniques such as micro-counselling and interviewing skills drawing on varied therapies to assist clients.

Some of the concepts you will encounter include:

  • Nature and nurture
  • Behaviourism
  • Cognitivism
  • Constructivism
  • Lifespan development theories
  • Freudian concepts
  • Piaget’s stages of cognitive development
  • Erikson’s psychosocial stages
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Bowlby’s attachment theory

After receiving plenty of face-to-face training and role plays to make sure you feel ready and confident to take the next step, you will be able to apply what you have learned in our simulated Clinical Practice module allowing you to use your newly acquired skills with real or simulated clients.

Career Opportunities

The outcomes for this course are the achievement of knowledge, skills and attributes to fulfil the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities.

Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Therapeutic Case Worker/Manager
  • Counselling Support Worker
  • Group Facilitator
  • Coach/Mentor
  • Family Support Worker
  • Pastoral Support Worker/Carer
  • Education/Psychosocial Support
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Worker

Quick Facts


Diploma of Counselling

CRICOS Course Code



Full Time 18 months
(6 Terms x 10 Weeks)


Classroom, Structured Study (Online), & Self-directed Learning


Therapeutic Case Worker/Manager
Counselling Support Worker
Group Facilitator, Coach/Mentor
Family Support Worker
Pastoral Support Worker/Carer
Education/Psychosocial Support
Prevention and Early Intervention Worker


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Case Planning
Client Assessment
Diverse Clients
Counselling Professional Practice
Counselling Specialisation
Clinical Practice

Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

There are no mandatory entry requirements listed in the training package.

International students must:

A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with their application if one of the following applies:

  • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
  • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO.

Please also note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG.

Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

This course is timetabled for 78 weeks, including 60 weeks of training and assessment spread over 6 terms of 10 weeks each and up to 18 weeks of holidays.

This time includes both face-to-face and self-paced training and assessment.

Students are required to attend 14 hours of classroom training per week and complete structured self-study of 6 hours per week. This is a mandatory component of a student’s study and student’s attendance, and participation will be monitored. 

Homework is expected to be approximately 10 hours a week.

Training and Assessment

Students will be provided with learning and assessment materials to develop their knowledge and understanding. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help them achieve competency.

Australian Learning Group uses a range of techniques during face-to-face delivery including trainer presentations and demonstrations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations, and group work. Students will complete a portion of their learning in an online self-study learning mode.

Students will complete the practical counselling skills assesment in a general counselling clinics framwork. The ALG student counselling clinic provides a represntational environment that reflects workplace conditions with suitable facilities, equipment, and resoucources, including client information that is true to life.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role-plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions. Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

Training Locations

Your training will occur on campus and assessment will occur in simulated environments.

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from our Student Experience Team and from our Trainers and Assessors.

Student Experience Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources;
  • Complaints and appeals processes

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
Student Requirements

All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to BYOD Policy in the student handbook.


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Last reviewed: 10 October 2023

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