Diploma of Counselling - CHC51015

Billy Blue College of Design

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package. It reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.


17 units: 13 core; 4 elective

Subjects you can Study:

Establish and confirm the counselling relationship; Facilitate the empowerment of older people; Engage respectfully with young people; Facilitate the interests and rights of clients; Identify and respond to children and young people at risk; Apply learning theories in counselling; Work with diverse people; Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety; Research and apply personality and development theories; Recognise and respond to crisis situations; Support counselling clients in decision-making processes; Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues; Provide individualised support; Work with people with mental health issues; Work with forced migrants; Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence; Select and use counselling therapies; Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management; Support independence and wellbeing; Manage and promote diversity; Facilitate the counselling relationship and process; Deliver structured programs; Plan, facilitate and review psycho-educational groups; Support people to improve relationships; Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide; Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills; Work legally and ethically; Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues; Provide loss and grief support; Plan and conduct group activities; Provide brief interventions; Provide suicide bereavement support; Work effectively in child protection to support children, young people and families; Reflect on and improve own professional practice; Work with a child-focused approach; Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

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Provider CRICOS: 03389E

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Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia provide specialist design courses – by designers for designers. Industry experts teach and mentor students, showing them the ropes with industry-relevant skills and super handy career advice. Billy Blue enjoys a strong connection to the design industry, with opportunities to develop as a professional, work on real-world projects in class and grow your own network of industry contacts and clients before you graduate.

With internships and work integrated learning programs involving live briefs, students get the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s top design firms.

Billy Blue at TUA design courses are industry-driven, delivered by designers for designers. Match your passion to one of our university-equivalent bachelor degrees, diplomas, a starting point certificate, or inspiring short-courses. All higher education courses include real-life industry experience helping you graduate with a shining portfolio and critical industry contacts.

Billy Blue at TUA produces creative thinkers - giving you the chance to acquire the relevant design skills, collaborate with the design industry’s leading talents, and gain practical experience along the way. We insist that our students challenge convention and go against the status quo to unlock a world of inspiration and opportunity where imagination is your secret weapon. Your specialist education is delivered by designers, for designers. Tapping into your career potential, and opening your mind to what is possible, is what excites us most.

As part of the Billy Blue philosophy to produce design graduates who have had the opportunity to stretch, grow and connect to the industry, we offer an Internship Program to all of our bachelor degree students. You can apply to complete an internship during your studies – some of these may even earn you course credit towards your degree.

Internships at Billy Blue are realised through many means including the BB Hatch Internship program, dedicated internship subjects embedded within courses and participation in external internship schemes run by our industry partners.

For over 25 years, Billy Blue has been a vibrant community of design practice. Our college is a cluster of young designers and experienced design educators who are fully connected with today’s working industry. Our mission is the same as it was when we began: to be part of a family of designers who can rely on each other to navigate the way forward and share opportunities and livelihood.

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