PSCN1010 – Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

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.

No prior experience necessary  – start today!

Rated 4.62 out of 5 based on 100 customer ratings
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100 reviews for PSCN1010 – Diploma in Psychology & Counselling

  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    Leonie Kirwan

    Flexability to study around being a mum and working fulltime – Some of the course notes need proof reading and I did leave a message for a tutor a few weeks ago on the answer phone with no reply.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Carla Tattersall

    It is easy and easily accessible.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Levonne Hughes

    I quite like getting the constructive feedback. More information within the text about the subject

  4. Rated 3 out of 5

    Brad Dixon


  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jane Mccutcheon

    I have found this course very interesting and feedback from the tutors is fantastic.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda McAlister

    The markers of my assignments were wonderful. The positive comments were great and made me keen to fix a couple of errors. Thanks so much guys. I hope they keep up their great work.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crystal Mclenaghan

    The course is fantastic I’m learning so much, and the tutors are helpful and fast.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Louise Janet Smith

    Happy so far – very easy to enroll, I like the course content on early viewing and hope this continues.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brittany Hunt

    Relatively cheap, mobile learning, flexible learning.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hanks

    I decided to study this course for further professional development and because I could pay it off.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caeleen Warder

    I liked the course content.The fact that I could complete it at my own time and around my responsibilities. Great that The Career Academy organised financing for their students.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lynaire Hartley

    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.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’m still studying but I like that I’m learning new things to further my knowledge.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Chloe Corban

    It sounded like a great online course to do and I enjoyed all aspects of it.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie McGeorge

    It has worked out well. Good communication and feedback 🙂

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Maria Tomlinson-Nott

    The career academy popped up after I had been trying to find something that I could do from home. It suited my needs.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Hewson

    Nothing could be improved, everything was very clear and easy to follow.

  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Carmen Yeoward

    Everyone was very helpful and informative!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Johana Gillum

    I have not long started but have already had great communication on where to start how to upload assessments , have talked to tutors on phone and through email, great communication, cant wait to get further into course 🙂

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Skye Andrews

    Great course and tutors!!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Georgina Mckinley

    It is very well structured and delivered, easy to follow and helpful to anyone wanting to work in this kind of industry 🙂

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shakira Yates

    I have not had any contact with the tutors yet so cannot comment on them. I like the way the course is set out and how we are able to work at our own pace through it by emailing through our assessments. I am happy with all the resources the Career Academy has provided and would rate my experience 5/5 so far.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Krista Michelle Clapham

    The tutors have been very helpful and also very kind. It is hard to say one thing I like about the course because I am enjoying all of it. I am happy with the resources I have received and would rate my overall experience 5/5 so far.

  24. Rated 3 out of 5

    Maria Tomlinson-Nott

    I wanted an insight into counselling and psychology and to see if it was for me. I may now pursue a qualification.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Felicity Clark

    Being able to study at home in my own time has worked in perfect for me. Nothing can be improved in this course!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Krista Clapham

    The course is awesome and well set out Tutors are very helpful and very encouraging with their kind words even if i needed to resit a couple of questions on a paper. I will be suggesting this to a lot of people so far I have.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebekka Davison

    Amazing, the course is so interesting I am thoroughly enjoying it. The tutors always email back so quickly if I have an issue or I don’t understand something, they are very helpful and always try help the best they can

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    Maria Tomlinson-Nott

    Looking forward to getting farther into this course! It’s been good so far. I’ve enjoyed reading through the material. Sometimes it’s a bit of hassle doing it online in terms of sorting out the online template but apart from that it’s all been fine.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kohi Waihi

    Content is easy to manage and to work through. I’ve had no problems so far. This course is excellent!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Ebarle

    Very informative course. It’s helpful that I can study at my own pace while I’m working.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laressa Stevens

    They’re an excellent help, always there to help when you need them.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria Miles

    It was all good. I’d love to know more about the grades as you finish the course. I liked that I could complete the course from home.

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Karehana

    I am enjoying the course very much, it is informative and thorough. There is a lot of work to get through, I am going to need an extension. Initially I found the site confusing to manage. When there are technical problems from your end I find that very frustrating. The feedback from the tutors has been encouraging, they are efficient with a quick turn around.

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danielle Jones-Byrne


  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Ebarle

    It is affordable and can do a course in my own pace.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheree Wylie

    I’m absolutely loving it, it’s quite interesting finding out how the brain works. The tutors are great, I was worried to submit my assignment at first but they’ve given great feedback on everything I’ve turned in. I’ve recommended Career Academy to a bunch of people!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Potter

    Some of the questions are contradictory throughout the course, but overall it was great. The online option fits in with my work and family life and I can do it all at my own pace and time.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Courtney Teahan

    It’s getting harder as I go through it, but it’s a very good course!

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Courtney Teahan

    It’s getting harder as I go through it, but it’s a very good course!

  40. Rated 4 out of 5

    Gezeng Yeki

    So far i love the layout of the course. i also love the flexibility of it being able to fit in with my busy single parent life. i just submitted my first assessment and was happy with the tutors feed back and prompt grading.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Teara Clapperton

    It can be a little daunting, as some of the course material is difficult and it can be hard to get motivated. I definitely enjoy it though and am looking forward to completing the course.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josiah Macdonald

    My partner was studying with Career Academy and convinced me to sign up. This was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Now I have some sense of a better career and future for myself. Everything was perfect and easy to follow.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ariana Salmon

    Great course, the content is interesting and the tutors give some really good feedback. Some of the wording on the questions is a bit vague but otherwise I’m really enjoying it.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelly Ryan

    A nice, common sense course with useful content. It’s challenging enough without being too challenging, and it’s well sequenced and ordered. The tutors give immediate feedback to assessments. It’s nice to be able to work at my own pace and not have specific deadlines for the assignments.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Arnya Ryan

    Really interesting course.

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    Aletta Reyneke

    Working my way through the course material and so far it’s all pretty good!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melanie Rameka

    I haven’t been doing too much lately as I’ve been really busy but hoping to get done over Christmas period. Such a great way to study for people like me, who are in full time work and have busy lives. Looking forward to finishing 🙂

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Rawson

    I’m enjoying it. The response from the tutors could be a bit faster but otherwise I’m happy with what I’ve done so far. The course content is really great.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5

    Steve Radley

    I enjoyed my course, the work was good and pretty manageable. I had a couple of hiccups, and felt as though I didn’t receive much feedback from tutors etc, would of enjoyed more direct communication, as I did get confused with a couple of things. Overall enjoying course and almost completed.

  50. Rated 4 out of 5

    Molly Rapana

    Good course! Easy to manage and very helpful overall.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tracey Pike

    It’s been fantastic so far. The information is really well organized and the layout of the course is excellent. It’s a very comprehensive course – I haven’t had to do much research beyond what’s in the course to complete any assignments. The tutors give really positive and helpful feedback. They’ve been wonderful and their help always encourages me on to the next lesson. Overall I’ve found no problems with the course and am really enjoying it.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Ebarle

    Nothing to improve. Chose to study with Career Academy as it is good to be able to do the course in my own pace and it is affordable. Excellent overall.

  53. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sodanin Pheap

    I like what I’ve done so far; the course is interesting.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marieta Taulupoo

    Just starting but I can see how helpful everyone is so far and I love it.

  55. Rated 4 out of 5

    Leanne Orams

    I am really enjoying the course. I wasn’t so sure about it in the beginning but after switching tutors, I feel like the feedback I get from my new tutor now is a lot more positive and encouraging.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    Enjoyed what I’ve done so far, really really good course and tutors. It’s well laid out and manageable. I’m very happy.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raj Bhonsle

    Sophie sills is a very supportive and helpful tutor.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aysha Leith

    I love this course! Just started doing the readings and going through everything and it’s all going fine.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hughes

    Has been a good course and the information has been very easy to read and understand.

  60. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jesse Johnston

    The course is really interesting so far.

  61. Rated 3 out of 5

    Rose Hiroki

    Not too bad, just a bit challenging. The course information is relatively new to me, so it’s a bit of a struggle, but overall I find it to be pretty good.

  62. Rated 4 out of 5

    Selina Haddon

    Enjoyable and challenging

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelly Fourie

    Psych and Counselling course is turning out to be pretty easy which I’m thankful for, I like it and the tutors are fast to reply when I email them for help!

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Ebarle

    Enjoying the course understands it well as it is more of a review/top up for me. Tutors are really helpful.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Carstens

    Really enjoyed course found it really clear, informative, and easy to read. The tutors were very helpful and so quick to come back to me.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nadeane Charleton

    Absolutely brilliant course! I’ve taken other psychology courses and this one has been so easy, the information is easy to digest and understand. I’ve just graduated with my MBA and this course has helped me with my work/life habits and gave me insights on how to manage my personal life. My kids are interested in the work that I’ve been doing and they sometimes even sit down next to me because they’d like to learn too. I really loved this course!

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle Ebarle

    My course did provide me a better overview and also provides an effective way of learning and also the tutors really did guide me well in some of my difficulties in my course.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jesse Johnston

    My tutor is super friendly! Emailed back almost straight away when I had a question. The course work is also really good, I find that I understand it really well compared to other courses I have done.

  69. Rated 4 out of 5

    Dean Wedderburn

    Helpful and quick communication.
    Knowledgeable and friendly people. Thanks.

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maria Miles

    I liked this course because I could pay it off. I want to be a counselor.

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Ramsay

    I am about to start my courses – am looking forward to completing these courses and meeting my Tutor.

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sheree Wylie

    Have only just started but so far great communication and fast setup. Yet to talk to tutor.

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catriona Pianina

    Problem solving techniques very useful. Thank you!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raj Bhonsle

    I think the entire team of The Career Academy is so helpful to support its students. I had phoned several times and each time I had dealt with a different person but they all had the same positive attitude to serve their students/clients.
    Well done!

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alena Perkin

    I absolutely love the course and the tutors are awesome and very helpful. I have had no problems apart from getting my latest assessment graded but the help I have received from Career Academy has been awesome.

  76. Rated 4 out of 5

    Shona Morgan

    Haven’t talked to the tutor as haven’t need her yet

  77. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amanda Atkinson

    they are very helpful and friendly there when you need them

  78. Rated 4 out of 5

    Georgina Jones

    Good overall

  79. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kim Tepania

    i have never used the tutors as of yet and finding the couse okay.

  80. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jamie Adair

    Enjoying the course 🙂
    I liked it because of flexible payment options and the availability to study online so i can also work a day job.

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Potter

    This fitted in with my work and family and the time I had. Thank you soo much for this.

  82. Rated 4 out of 5

    Catriona Pianina

    Prompt and explained solution for me to move forward with my assignment.

  83. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elsie De los Reyes

    Excellent and supportive

  84. Rated 4 out of 5

    Nadeane Charleton

    I am happy with the level of service I received.

  85. Rated 4 out of 5

    Joanne Claire Waton

    I thought the course was quite good overall, although I did struggle with the suicide topic. I suppose because of the nature of the topic.

  86. Rated 4 out of 5

    Rachel Davis

    Very happy thank you. Quick response and valuable additional resource added. Thank you so much

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    Catriona Pianina

    Convenience, relevance, and enhancement to my business and lifestyle were the main reasons I decided to take this course. I was unsure about what I needed to relate my answers to for one of the questions from memory etc. Tutor dealt with this quickly though and was sorted same day. Help was always available.

  88. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kate Villalobos

    The support I received was accurate and prompt

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sharyn Conreal

    I have only just managed to get started. So far I have had no problems. I have ordered the book (course notes) and am waiting for them to arrive, then I can carry it with me anywhere.

  90. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alena Perkin

    Excellent overall. Help was available when I needed it, the content was relevent and useful and I will be able to apply the knowledge learned.

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alena Perkin

    You guys/girls are absolutely awesome

  92. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anahera Heta

    I love studying with The Career Academy they make it so easy to have my studies accessible for me on the internet via moodle online. I am half way through my Diploma in Psychology and Counseling Level 6. I enjoy studying and passing through my assessments like wow I do have brains smile emoticon. The team is so helpful in all ways possible and i do encourage people to study with The Career Academy. My tutor Maya Light is a lovely tutor to have she is an inspiration to me through out my studies and is pointing me in the right direction. So above all I do think The Career Academy is where personally I love studying at and with. Thank You to All

  93. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marc Stewart

    I do not see anything that needs improved. i was searching for a course on counselling and I found the whole experience to be wonderfully enlightening.

  94. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anahera Heta

    Currently completing this course. It was convenient for me and it was at the top of the list on google. I love it and am so greatful that yous exist. Fees are great and payable especially the payment plan is amazing. The academy is great, unique and amazing in every way. I do hope this academy will grow and have more course for the future

  95. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emily O’Neill

    Dear Maya Light. I have just completed all my courses for my Diploma in Psychology and Counselling> I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and have appreciated your feedback. thank you.

  96. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tanielle Lawrie

    Modules 1 & 2: I really enjoyed studying this course and will definitely be doing some more courses. I chose to study with The Career Academy because you can work on your time and also because of the financial options available.

  97. Rated 4 out of 5

    Carla Tattersall

    It is easy and easily accessible.

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    Levonne Hughes

    I quite like getting the constructive feedback. More information within the text about the subject

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Course structure.

Key Benefits

  • Internationally accredited by the IAC & 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

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

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Module 1: Introduction to Psychology

  • PSCG212 – The Nature and Scope of Psychology
  • PSCG213 – The Neurological Basis of Behaviour
  • PSCG132 – Environmental Effects on Behaviour
  • PSCG113 – Consciousness and Perception
  • PSCG174 – Personality
  • PSCG185 – Psychological Development
  • PSCG172 – Needs, drives and motivation


Module 2: Certificate in Psychology & Counselling

  • PSCG205 – Stress
  • PSCG101 – Abnormal behaviour
  • PSCG144 – Individual behaviour
  • PSCG139 – Group behaviour
  • PSCG166 – Methods of dealing with abnormalities
  • PSCG112 – Conflict resolution
  • PSCG149 – Interpersonal communication skills


Module 3: Counselling Skills

  • PSCG158 – Learning specific skills
  • PSCG161 – Listening & bonding
  • PSCG193 – Reflection
  • PSCG190 – Questioning
  • PSCG150 – Interview Techniques
  • PSCG108 – Changing Beliefs and Normalising
  • PSCG135 – Finding Solutions
  • PSCG131 – Ending the Counselling


Module 4: Advanced Counselling Skills

  • PSCG211 – The Counselling Session
  • PSCG136 – Focus on the Present
  • PSCG210 – Telephone Counselling
  • PSCG117 – Dealing with Crisis
  • PSCG178 – Problem Solving Techniques I – Aggression
  • PSCG179 – Problem Solving Techniques II – Depression
  • PSCG180 – Problem Solving Techniques III – Grief and Loss
  • PSCG181 – Problem Solving Techniques IV –  Suicide


Module 5. Counselling Techniques

  • PSCG182 – Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l – Freud, Erikson, Jung
  • PSCG183 – Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll – Adler
  • PSCG142 – Humanistic/Existential approaches I – Gestalt Therapy
  • PSCG141 – Humanistic/Existential approaches II – Person-Centred Counselling; Carl Rogers
  • PSCG191 – Rational emotive therapy – Albert Ellis
  • PSCG105 – Behavioural therapy
  • PSCG202 – Solution Focussed Counselling
  • PSCG109 – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Module 6. Professional Practice in Psychology

  • PSCG216 – Understanding Counselling
  • PSCG133 – Ethics & Confidentiality
  • PSCG217 – Understanding the Self
  • PSCG175 – Personality
  • PSCG128 – Emotions & Behaviour
  • PSCG207 – Supervision
  • PSCG192 – Referral Practice

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