Do you naturally counsel others through their challenges, pain or relationship troubles? Do you love being a mediator, a nurturer, a peacemaker and a mindset teacher for others? Consider enrolling in our Careers Counselling course to take a hearty step into a possible new career.
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Do you think you are suited to a career in counselling? Not sure how to turn your dream into a reality? At OCA, we understand. That's why we have created this Career Sampler course to give you a taste of your potential future career this rewarding industry.
Counsellors help people learn to overcome problems they face in their everyday lives including relationships, career problems or any other personal set-backs and provide valuable mental health counselling to those in emotional need. Counsellors can also act as intermediaries in conflict resolution. Counsellors work in a variety of sectors including the health sector, community organisations, government organisations, education, welfare and private practice.
During this online counselling course, you will learn how to: work within a structured counselling framework; apply interpersonal and counselling interview skills; apply personality and development theories and determine the suitability of a client for counselling services.
There has never been a better time to become a counsellor. According to the Australian Government's JobOutlook website there are likely to be around 22,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 4,400 a year). Counselling skills are also important for people in a range of helping professions including human services workers, teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers, allied health workers, complementary health practitioners, human resources staff and administrators.
Work Within A Structured Counselling Framework
Apply Specialist Interpersonal And Counselling Interview Skills
Apply Personality And Development Theories
Apply Learning Theories In Counselling
Determine Suitability Of Client For Counselling Services
(a) Counsellors have both a duty of care and a responsibility not to mislead, misguide or misdirect [either overtly by publication or covertly by omission] clients as to the counsellors level of competence, experience or qualifications. To do so is considered to be a most serious ethical breech as it increases the risk of harm to the client and damages the credibility of the profession in the eyes of the general public.
(b) Counsellors have a responsibility to keep all client records safe and secure.
(c) Counsellors take responsibility for clinical/therapeutic decisions in their work with clients.
(d) Counsellors also have responsibilities to associated parties, i.e. any individual or organisation other than the client/s with whom the Counsellor interacts in the course of rendering a counselling service, This is inclusive of but not limited to:
i. client's' relatives, friends, employees, employers, carers and guardians
ii. other professionals or experts;
iii. representative from communities or organisations. In reference to the Code of Ethics and Practice what applies to the client(s) also applies to associated parties.
(e) The counsellor-client relationship is the foremost ethical concern. However, counselling does not exist in social isolation. Counsellors may need to consider other sources of ethical responsibility. The headings in this section are intended to draw attention to some of these
Responsibility to the client
(a) Client Safety
i. Counsellors must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the client does not suffer physical, emotional or psychological harm during counselling sessions.
ii. Counsellors must not exploit their clients financially, sexually, emotionally, or in any other way. Suggesting or engaging in sexual activity with a client is unethical.
iii.Counsellors must provide privacy for counselling sessions. The sessions should not be overheard, recorded or observed by anyone other than the counsellor without informed consent from the client. Normally any recording would be discussed as part of the contract Care must be taken that sessions are not interrupted.
(b) Client Self-determination.
i. In counselling the balance of power is unequal and counsellors must take care not to abuse their power.
ii. Counsellors do not normally act on behalf of their clients. If they do, it will only be withexpress written consent of their client,or else in exceptional circumstances.
iii. Counsellors do not normally give advice.
iv. Counsellors have a responsibility to establish with clients at the outset of counselling the existence of any other therapeutic or helping relationships in which the client is involved and to consider whether counselling is appropriate. Counsellors should gain the client's permission before conferring in any way with other professional workers.
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