Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

We deliver industry-leading and cost-effective Counselling, Community Services, Health and Disability courses that are specialised to support contemporary practice!

Diploma Course

Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

Counselling draws on numerous competencies of the practitioner to enrich the lives of those they form a therapeutic alliance with. Subsequently, this line of work can be uniquely challenging, yet one of the most enriching careers you could choose! As a mental health professional, there are endless opportunities in government, non-government, and self-employment alike.


The Clinical College is a specialist provider of counselling services. We are a part of the Activated Concepts brand and have a direct linkage to contemporary practice – we are not just another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) looking for mass enrolments and income. We care about the quality of our Graduates and our brand in the community!


The Clinical College prides itself on developing a true partnership between you and us. We will support your journey through the Diploma of Counselling to understand behaviour, cognitive processes, and emotional intelligence. Furthering, to understand and apply focused psychological strategies to support you foster wellbeing in your future employment or self-employment.


Our Diploma of Counselling will offer you provisional membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This will allow you to practice as a Counsellor in an organisation or even set up a private practice!

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Applying is easy using our simple online application process.

Eligibility & Course Details

You are able to gain entry to the Diploma of Counselling if you have:

  • Completed Year 12, or equivalent and are 18 years or older
  • Have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age


All prospective students, also need to participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.

  • Our Diploma of Counselling is a nationally recognised qualification, as well as being industry desired. As such, it will offer you the ability to apply for provisional membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
  • ACA is the leading industry body for Counsellors in Australia. This will allow you to practice as a Counsellor in an organisation or even set up a private practice!
  • Discounted upfront payment (you gain a discount and do not worry about ongoing payments)
  • Monthly payment plans (up to 12 months)
  • Payment via direct transfer, credit card or direct debit
  • Government assistance might also be available (see our financial assistance section)

Your course at a glance



Course Delivery

Why Study our Diploma of Counselling Section

The Clinical College’s Diploma of Counselling provides a rich understanding of cognitive processing, emotional and behavioural responses.

We pride ourselves on offering our students:

Trainers that are professionals which have extensive experience in applying theoretical understanding to practice.

Our courses are contemporary and deliver content that meets the evolving needs of individuals and communities in practice.

Ongoing practicals to apply Focused Psychological Strategies (approved by Medicare) to assist employability.

A clinical point of difference, which is industry desired, and research informed. This prepares our graduates for key challenges in counselling practice: grief and loss, trauma-informed care, suicidality, and crisis management.

Group Study


This unit explores the history of counselling and introduces you to the profession, as well as some of the theories which underpin it. This will develop into understanding the counselling process, establishing the therapeutic relationship and the key responsibilities of a counsellor


This unit explores therapeutic engagement skills (including micro-skills) and tools which will assist you in building rapport, gathering information and creating a positive engagement


Building on the establishment of the relationship, initial interview, this unit explores the theoretical milestones and how you can support clients through the counselling process.


Building on the establishment of the relationship, initial interview, this unit explores the theoretical milestones and how you can support clients through the counselling process.


This unit specifically looks at the contemporary research into learning theories and explores behaviour change management in clients from evidence-based practice.


This unit will introduce you to the main counselling theories which will be developed and applied in the following units. The Clinical College applies a person-centred approach; you will learn more about the relevance of this approach, the key concepts, principles, and the importance of this approach in contemporary practice.

In this unit, you will apply the following focus psychological strategies

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy


This unit explores key models and practices for ethical decision making employed in counselling. This is a vital skill for Counsellors to support clients with the development of their goals, explore the options available tothem and in developing a course of action


This unit focuses on clients that are at risk or in crisis – how to identify, acknowledge and mediate the crisis and facilitate pathways forward (i.e. referrals) where appropriate.


This unit will seek to develop your understanding of case management and the development of clear and concise treatment plans


This unit reflects on your positionality (gender, culture, religion, sexuality, ability etc) and what you bring with you to each engagement. This unit centres on creating cultural safety for diverse clients in this context. It is a core subject.


Similar to the unit above, we reflect on what you bring with you to each engagement. However, this unit centres on creating cultural safety for First Nations clients in this context. It is a core subject.


This unit provides the vital legal and ethical underpinning in allied health care practice. It explores common legal and ethical issues you might face in practice.


This unit establishes independent accountability by reflecting and evaluating your professional practice. It also explores clinical supervision and ongoing professional development.

Provide loss and grief support

This unit meets sector demand and explores the theories and skills needed to assist youto understand and respond to clients experiencing grief and loss.

Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

This unit meets sector demand and will support you to identify and manage immediate suicide risk, develop a safety plan and mobilise access to emergency/support networks to minimise risk and create protective factors.

Provide brief interventions

This unit meets sector demand and will support you with any presenting issues which are impacting the counselling process. You will learn to assess and implement intervention strategies for clients at different stages to reduce the impact on the therapeutic relationship.

Implement trauma-informed care 

This unit meets sector demand and highlights the relevance of trauma important it is to understand. It will assist you to understand the impact of trauma, how common it is and how to promote a safe trauma-informed environment for your clients.

Course Total Cost Payment
Diploma of Counselling
Discounted Upfront*
Diploma of Counselling
$335 x 12 Monthly Payments

*Competitor costs are around $5000-6000+. This does not include the above built-in specialisations, face-to-face costs, or post-graduate supports

The Clinical College prides itself on ‘walking the talk’ to assist Students to shine as much as possible! We are not just another Registered Training Organisation; we are clinical professionals working in the field and care about your success! 


Our support does not just include whilst you are studying with us; we also provide post-graduate support to our Graduates.

Academic Support

Study Assistance

As a Student with the Clinical College, you will have unlimited access to our support staff and your Trainer to provide you with timely academic support. Our focus is to partner with you for success so that you can graduate as per your goals!

Support includes:

  Answering questions on any course content
  Providing one on one mentoring, as needed
  Guidance on managing study workloads and life

Practical Experience

As a student, it is paramount that you get sufficient practical experience with different people to apply your knowledge, learn new skills and build your practice competence. One of the founding motivations for the Clinical College being created was due to feedback from Workers and Employers wishing they/their staff had more practical experience in applying theoretical concepts outside a few online role-plays.

As part of your studies at the Clinical College, you will be provided with ample practical experience to apply your theoretical understanding in a safe and relaxed environment. This will allow you to learn your strengths and develop the areas you want to enhance in the face-to-face classes.

Further, once you graduate, we will provide you with follow up support and services to ensure you do not feel alone as you continue to master your aptitudes. This is FREE and our practice commitment to you!


We offer optional tutorials for students in the following areas:

 Getting back into study
 Time Management
  Assessment Writing
  Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Ask our Support Staff or your Trainer more about these

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