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Do you enjoy helping people with conflict resolution or mental, lifestyle and emotional problems?  If this is you, consider a career in counselling with our online Certificate. This course offers a practical and theoretical foundation for effective counselling with the aim to help others with important issues such as depression, domestic and family violence, financial problems, loss and grief, loneliness and isolation.

"I chose this course because I love helping people. I find it so rewarding. Once I've finished it, I know this course will help me towards the career I have wanted to do for so long.  Thanks for the support and I just wanted to give you some feedback because its been really enjoyable so far." - Kyle

Counsellors earn 20% above average national wages, with employment for counsellors expecting to rise strongly over the next five years, creating thousands of new job opportunities (Reference - MySkills.Gov.Au).

If you want to kickstart your career in this rewarding industry, our Advanced Certificate in Counselling is the perfect start. During this course, you will learn: empathy and rapport building as you develop the micro-skills that every counsellor needs to create a fruitful therapeutic relationship with their clients; how to support individual health & emotional well-being; how to work within a structured counselling framework and the learning and development theories of counselling.

Give yourself a chance to upskill for better career opportunities and to make that difference you’ve been dreaming about. Start here today.

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There has never been a better time to become a counsellor. According to the 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.  

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.

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Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Counselling Advanced Certificate.

Career Pathways

  • Counsellor
  • School Counsellor
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family Support Officer
  • Counselling Service Manager
  • Pastoral Care Worker

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Do you enjoy helping people with conflict resolution or mental, lifestyle and emotional problems?  If this is you, consider a career incounselling with our online Certificate. This course offers a practical and theoretical foundation for effective counselling with the aim to help others with important issues.

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.

Counselling Certificate

At OCA, our online short course qualifications offer a practical and theoretical foundation for effective counselling. They provide you with training and experience that will enable you to seek work in either an agency or private practice. During these courses, you’ll learn empathy and rapport building as you develop the micro-skills that every counsellor needs to create a fruitful therapeutic relationship with their clients.

Sample video and extract from our Advanced Certificate in Counselling course (Topic - Work Effectively in the Community Sector).

Counselling and psychotherapy

Everyone is different, with different needs. No two people are the same.

In the past, community services provided to clients were very rigid, where people were categorised according to their condition, and not their individual needs.

We know now that this is not an appropriate way in which to offer support. Every person is unique in their own way.

For this reason, it is necessary that there are several flexible models of support available to assist clients to fulfil their needs. Each model should be applied individually to cater to the specific needs of the client and should be developed and applied by all key stakeholders in the client’s life. 

Examples of different models of support include:

• Active Support – Assisting people to engage in meaningful activity and relationships as active participants.

• Advocacy – Standing alongside an individual who is disadvantaged and speaking out on their behalf in a way that represents the best interests of that person

• Behaviour Management – Support strategies implemented to minimise the incidence of client behaviour, developed from thorough assessment of the person's needs and investigating the reasons behind behaviour occurring in the first place

• Case Management – A collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s holistic needs through communication and available resources to promote quality client outcomes.

• Community Development and Inclusion – Providing opportunities for people to be a valued member of the community (through activities, employment opportunities, socialising,etc)

• Day Services – Activities are organised or provided directly by community service organisations forclients/residents.

• Health Promotion – Enabling people to increase control over their own health through education and support, resulting in better health

• Home based support – The provision of practical assistance to help people to live as independently as possible in their own homes.

• Living Skills – Support and assistance with the everyday tasks of life

• Person Centred Planning Putting people at the centre of service delivery

• Residential Services – Provide accommodation and support for people who need support in everyday life, for example, people who are frail or have a disability.

• Respite The provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for others

• Supported Employment – Supporting people with disabilities to access employment opportunities and provides on-going support to maintain employmentThe aim of these models is to ensure that the client is participating as fully as possible in their own lives, maximising their independence.

If you would like to preview this counselling course in more detail, click on DEMO above or call our team on 1300 611 404. You may also be interested in this similar community courses - click here.




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