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Diploma of Counselling/Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413/CHC51015)

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About This Course


Empower young people to reach their potential by supporting them through life changing moments. The dual qualification CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling / CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work allows for students to develop knowledge and skills in guiding clients through challenging life events, and empowering them to live with the inevitable changes that occur through these.

Professional Outcomes

Students learn and practise a variety of counselling techniques and styles and complete a work-based placement of 220 hours under supervision. Both of these qualifications are nationally recognised. Work may be obtained in schools, hospitals, churches and community centres under a supervisor.

Students are required to:

  • Complete a minimum work requirement of 220 hours
  • Apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • Complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training.


Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.

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Units of Competency Structure


Subject Totals






  • Develop and implement service programs CHCCCS007
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019
  • Develop workplace communication strategies CHCCOM003
  • Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003
  • Research and apply personality and development theories CHCCSL004
  • Apply learning theories in counselling CHCCSL005
  • Select and use counselling therapies CHCCSL006
  • Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
  • Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services CHCDEV002
  • Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
  • Plan and conduct group activities CHCGRP002
  • Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance CHCLEG003
  • Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships CHCPRP001
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001
  • Engage respectfully with young people CHCYTH001
  • Work effectively with young people in youth work context CHCYTH002
  • Support young people to take collective action CHCYTH008
  • Support youth programs CHCYTH009
  • Provide services for young people appropriate to the needs and circumstances CHCYTH010
  • Manage service response to young people in crisis CHCYTH012
  • Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001
  • Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
  • Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007

More information can be found in the course detail document.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.
Offered fully online

How long does it take?

2 years (24 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

How much does it cost?

Learn more about
fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

With most adult study, it is expected that the student will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 10 hours self directed study or homework per week.
Tabor: CHC50413/CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling/Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413/CHC51015)
SATAC: Not applicable

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