Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

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Understand the human mind and the counselling process with this internationally recognised qualification.

You’ll learn the theory behind the skills and techniques used to successfully help people work through their problems and issues with counselling. This includes listening, reflection, questioning and interview techniques.

This online course has been developed by psychology and counselling experts. No prior experience necessary.

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Key Benefits

  • Internationally accredited by the IARC & ICOES
  • Extend your understanding of psychology and counselling
  • Learn the skills counsellors use to help people resolve their problems and issues
  • Developed and delivered by psychology and counselling experts
  • Receive a FREE 12-month membership to the International Association for Counselling

Accredited by ICOES

ICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.


Tamara has always enjoyed helping people to achieve their goals. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Auckland, double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience; and she is planning on pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Tamara loves cooking European food in her free time.


Tara is originally from Ireland, but has been living in Australia and New Zealand for the last few years. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Liverpool John Moore’s University school of Law. She specialised in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice, and volunteered with domestic violence charities back in Ireland.

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Course summary

Investment:  $1995 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan.

Assessments: Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone.

Duration:  600 hours.  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete this diploma in six months (ie one module per month).

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 12 months until you complete.

About the developers: This course has been developed by highly qualified psychologists with many years working experience.

Course Level: 6

What our students say: 

★★★★★ "The course is brilliant, it is easy to understand and the detail of knowledge is also easy to absorb. The tutors have been extremely helpful and prompt to reply. I find that I don’t have to use them much at all as the content is self-explanatory." - Lynaire Hartley

★★★★★ "I wanted to further my skills and knowledge as well as continue to work full-time and studying through the career academy was a great way for me to achieve this" - Zara

Covering six comprehensive modules

Module 1: Introduction to Psychology

  • The nature and scope of psychology
  • Neurological basis of behaviour
  • Environmental effects on behaviour
  • Consciousness and perception
  • Personality
  • Psychological development
  • Needs, drives and motivation

Module 2: Psychology & Counselling

  • Stress
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Individual behaviour
  • Group behaviour
  • Methods of dealing with abnormalities
  • Conflict resolution
  • Interpersonal communication skills

Module 3: Counselling Skills

  • Learning specific counselling skills
  • Listening & bonding
  • Reflection
  • Questioning
  • Interview techniques
  • Changing beliefs and normalising
  • Finding solutions
  • Ending the counselling

Module 4: Advanced Counselling Skills

  • The Counselling Session - how micro-skills come together
  • Focus on the Present - present experiences; feedback; transference; projection; resistance
  • Telephone Counselling - non-visual contact; preparation; initial contact; overall process; debriefing; types of problem callers
  • Dealing with Crises - defining crisis; types of crisis; counsellor’s responses and intervention; post-traumatic stress
  • Aggression - expressing anger; encouraging change; role-play; externalising anger
  • Depression - blocked anger; referral practice; chronic depression; setting goals; promoting action
  • Grief and Loss - loss of relationships; children and grief; stages of grief
  • Problem-Solving Techniques : Suicide - ethics; reasons for suicide; perceived risk; counselling strategies;

Module 5. Counselling Techniques

  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l - Freud, Erikson, Jung
  • Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll - Adler
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches I - Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls
  • Humanistic/Existential approaches II - Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
  • Rational behavioural therapy - Albert Ellis
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy - Aaron Beck
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Solution-focused counselling

Module 6. Professional Practice in Counselling

  • Understanding Counselling
  • Ethics & Confidentiality
  • Understanding the Self: Self-awareness; Self-monitoring; Self-concept; Social Perception; Attribution theory.
  • Personality: What is a healthy personality?; Trait approach; Psychodynamic approach; Humanistic approach; Social learning and cognitive approaches.
  • Emotions & Behaviour: What are emotions?; Emotions and Counselling; Effect on communication
  • Supervision: Why supervision?; Working with others; Quantity and effectiveness of supervision; Personal counselling; Dependency; Types of supervision.
  • Referral Practice: Counselling v mental health issues; Secondary care counsellors; Abnormal psychology; Anxiety; Depression; Schizophrenia; Personality disorders.

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