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COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGY
Learn how people think, interact, respond, grow and develop
Psychology is a broad discipline that is the scientific study of people - thoughts, feelings, perceptions, development, behaviour... the list goes on.
Counselling describes the processes within a relationship where one person is seeking the guidance of another to resolve problems.
You can see how important it is to gain understanding and skills in both these areas.
Everyone can use this knowledge in many different areas of their lives.
The knowledge and skills you gain in this course can be used in many different contexts. People with a background in counselling and psychology are highly valued in most workplaces - giving the graduate great opportunities. Many graduates will apply their new knowledge to their existing job roles - psychology and counselling skills can be used in a wide variety of industries, from child care and nursing to car sales and marketing. Other graduates will use their greater level of understanding of themselves and others to discover great personal development and improved relationships.
Graduates that have a real passion for counselling and psychology may utilise their new skills in a professional setting.
Psychology is a government regulated industry, which means there are strict requirements as to what qualifications are required to practise as a psychologist. Whilst this course will not provide the graduate with these qualifications, it will provide a solid foundation in psychology which can be used towards further qualifications.
Counselling, on the other hand, is not currently a government regulated industry in Australia and many other countries (although specific organisations may have specific requirements). This means that technically anyone can call themselves a counsellor. However, obviously, to be able to appropriately care for clients, a counsellor will need to have undergone a robust course to allow them to develop all the skills they will need to help their clients. This course is one such course. It is a comprehensive course that covers all the necessary foundations, and also allows the student to specialise in areas that most interest them. Some of the options include:
- Relationship and Communication Counselling
- Stress Management
- Child Psychology
- Sports Psychology
- Life Coaching
One of the most important thing for practicing as a counsellor is being able to get professional indemnity insurance. ACS Distance Education has a relationship with OAMPS insurance, which welcomes application for insurance from graduates of this course.
It is a big decision to start studying.
Is it the right decision for you?
"Gain a greater understanding of the human mind and the counselling process with this diploma." - Tracey Jones, B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies), ACS Tutor
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The diploma is formally accredited by the international Accreditation and Recognition Council.
The school has been assessed as having expertise in teaching Psychology, by the Complementary Medicine Association (UK), a body which ACS has been a member of for several years.
Graduates are encouraged to apply for membership of the CMA.
The diploma will also provide credit toward higher qualifications through ACS Distance Education (UK) or Warnborough College (UK). The course provides an opportunity to interact with and learn from very successful, highly qualified and experienced professionals.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Six Core Modules: The course is sequenced so that foundation knowledge and skills are established through completion of the core unit modules. Students will be expected to complete these modules before undertaking any of the other course components.
Six Elective Modules: Elective studies will broaden foundation knowledge and skills into other areas which are of value to persons working in one or several sectors of counselling. They give the student the opportunity to study areas that are of interest to them.
Research Projects: Successive ‘research projects’ will build on and reinforce the core learning. Each research project is 100 hours duration and contains 2 parts: the first part assists the student in developing research skills, whilst the second part involves carrying out a relevant research project.
Research Project I: This develops the student’s ability to plan and conduct research, and involves a minor statistical research project and report.
Research Project II: This further develops the student’s ability to monitor and evaluate a common process (or processes) relevant to their studies.
Workshops: Workshops and assessment of student practical skills must be completed after the student has passed the core modules of this course. Alternatively, the student may undertake this after completing all study modules.
Workshops should make up 100 hours of relevant industry experience which may be undertaken anywhere in the world. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange attendance at workshops and to meet any costs incurred, whether at the school or elsewhere. However, the school will seek to assist students who are having difficulty finding suitable experience. Students may choose to set up their own workshops with an assessor or they may prefer to attend workshops which have already been established by counselling organisations or individuals in their own country.
You may choose to complete the workshop experience in a variety of ways.
- One to one tuition.
- Approved work placement.
- Small group seminars with approved trainer.
Whilst the school strongly advocates attendance at workshops to fulfil the supervised training aspect of the course, this may not always be possible. In that case, it may acceptable to complete the practical component by undergoing supervised training with an established counselling organisation.
This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC).
ACS Distance Education is registered in this area of training with the Complementary Medicine Association in the UK.
ACS is also an approved member of the Association of Coaching; the Gold Coast Education Network and the British Association of Learning & Development, amongst other organisations.
This course already articulates with Advanced Diplomas and Diplomas conducted by this school, and with degrees offered by Warnborough University in the U.K.
Note that each module in the Diploma In Counselling & Psychology is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Research Project I
Research Project II
and one of the following:
Workshop I or
Industry Meetings or Approved Work Experience (Workplace Projects)
(Note: The fee for this course is lower than our standard diploma fee. This is because it had been developed in liaison with industry representatives who required it to be less hours than the standard ACS diploma. Of course this situation has resulted in an advantage to our students. In effect you are getting a diploma for an associate diploma level fee)
Scope of Counselling
Counselling means different things to different people. It is not a 'get well quick' option, offering quick answers, but is asking the person to engage in a process and an exploration. There are many definitions of counselling. A simple version is that counselling is a working relationship where the client is helped to manage what is happening in their life and to explore their life. It is a form of psychological or talking therapy that offers people the ability to change how they live and feel. The aim of counselling is to provide the client with a more satisfying experience of life. Everyone has different needs, so counselling can be concerned with many different aspects of a person’s life.
Counsellors may work in any of the following situations:
Churches & Welfare organisations employ counsellors on all levels -from minimally trained volunteers to highly trained professionals
Careers Advisors in Employment Agencies, with Resume Writing Services, Employment Support offices (government, universities, etc)
Life Coaches, Food/Weight Consultants, etc
Youth Workers, Social Workers, Family Support Services, Health Support Services
Industrial relations negotiators, union representatives
Teachers, Lecturers, School & College support staff
Support staff for medical practitioners -chiropractors, doctors, physiotherapists etc, are increasingly using counsellors to provide a supplementary service through their clinic
The scope and nature of counselling keeps changing, and job opportunities keep changing -It is a certainty that some of the best opportunities you will find after graduating, have probably not even been conceived at the time you commence your study. This is the nature of today's world!
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Extract of Course Notes from Counselling Skills I
Ending the Counselling Process: Sometimes, the counsellor may feel that the client has resolved their issues and does not need to come back. When this occurs, the counsellor should always tell the client that they are welcome back if they feel it is necessary, but as a professional counsellor, you do not see the need for them to continue at the present time.
If you are unsure about asking them back for further appointments because you yourself feel anxious about them not taking up your offer, then it is probably better to ask. At worst they will decline. It is also harder for the client to make an appointment than break one.
Where you feel the need for ongoing sessions, it is important to give the client an idea of the possible duration of the counselling relationship. This should help to counter the client’s insecurities about future sessions. It is often clear to both counsellor and client when it is time to end the whole counselling process. In some instances, particularly where dependency has occurred, it might not be so obvious. We will discuss dependency in the next lesson.
It is therefore necessary for the counsellor to frequently review the progress that is being made in the sessions and update the goals that are being achieved.If progress is not being made and goals are not being achieved, then it may be necessary for the counsellor to address this issue with their supervisor.
It is of course possible that the counsellor’s own unresolved issues are interfering. It could also be that the counsellor does not have the necessary skills in their repertoire to deal with the issues that the client has raised. Supervision may help the counsellor to deal with a client who seems unable to change. Another option is to suggest to the client that they are referred on to someone else who may be better able to help them. Of course it is important too, to note that some clients will not change.
Ending the process may be similar to ending other relationships, and it may be necessary for the counsellor to use questions to challenge the client. They may ask the client how it feels to end the relationship and other similar questions.
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