Diploma of Counselling
Enhance wellbeing in yourself and others
Gain an introduction to a range of topics including mental health, the impact of chronic health conditions on quality of life, mental health first aid, and applied counselling skills.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Apply foundational counselling skills to a variety of contexts
- Explain factors contributing to human wellbeing and distress through reference to counselling theories and research evidence
- Apply appropriate knowledge of ethical and professional standards relevant to the practice of counselling across different contexts
It is projected that the demand for counsellors will increase by approximately 25% by the year 2024*
Graduating from the Diploma of Counselling can lead to a rewarding career helping others work through emotional, mental health and lifestyle concerns. This degree opens up opportunities to work across a variety of health care settings including:
- Drug and alcohol counselling
- family and marriage counselling
- youth counselling
- suicide and grief counselling
- online and telephone counselling
This course can also be your pathway into our Bachelor of Psychological Science.
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Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified.
Completed UTAS University Preparation Program or an equivalent enabling program offered by another Australian university; OR
Completed UTAS Diploma of University Studies (any pathway); OR
Completed or partially completed course at Associate Degree level or higher; OR
Completed Diploma in any field; OR
Completed the equivalent of at least two 12.5 credit point subjects of study within an equivalent AQF level course or higher.
ATAR:55 or Higher.
Successful completion of certificate IV or higher.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
In Tasmania, Australia, and around the globe there is a strong demand for skilled and qualified counsellors across a wide range of occupations relating to social support, disability services, and mental health.
The Diploma in Counselling will introduce you to a range of topics including mental health, the impact of chronic health conditions on quality of life, mental health first aid, and applied counselling skills. Your studies will focus on adopting healthy thoughts and behaviours as part of a self-care approach, introducing you to a range of skills to manage stress and enhancing well-being of yourself and others through lifestyle, mindfulness and positive psychology.
Through applied learning activities and face-to face-classes, you will explore foundational concepts of research methods, research design and research ethics that will help you interpret and critically evaluate health research. You will graduate with practical skills that are transferable to many of today’s workplaces. You’ll also develop a solid foundation for further study in counselling and psychology.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking part-time study the following study pattern is recommended:
The course is only available for part-time study.
Year 1. 4 subjects in the first year including:
- TAS-PSY111 Transferable Skills in Psychology (Semester 1)
- TAS-PSY114 Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness (Semester 2)
- TAS-PSY124 Mental Health and Individual Differences (Semester 2)
- TAS-PSY235 Counselling Fundamentals (Semester 1)
Year 2. 4 subjects in the second year including:
- TAS-PSY201 Contemporary Approaches in Counselling (Semester 2)
- TAS-PSY223 Health and Psychological Wellbeing (Semester 1)
- TAS-PSY303 Mental Health Intervention Skills (Semester 1)
- TAS-PSY305 Clinical Psychology (Semester 2)
Satisfactory completion of 8 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 2-5 years from commencement.
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