Diploma of Counselling CHC51712


Counselling and Community Services

Course Overview

The Diploma of Counselling provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake counselling work in a range of modalities. Key features of this nationally recognised qualification include core counselling, referral and working within a case management framework.

Course Duration – 14 months (1 day per week) 10am – 3pm + 120 practical placement

Campus locations – Melbourne CBD, Ballarat, Wonthaggi

Course Fees – $5,750.00

Funding – Full range of funding options are available to cater for all learners wishing to undertake the course regardless of previous experience/qualifications. (Contact us for further details)

Education Pathways

This program can lead to further study at University level. Students may also continue to specialise in counselling modalities.

Participant Counselling Sessions

Part of the learning within the course is to engage in fifteen counselling sessions (1 hour) as a client, to gain an insight of the counselling session from the client’s perspective. The local community can provide low cost or free counselling. VICC as a working practice can provide low cost counselling.

Units of Study

This program consist of 17 Units of Competency: 14 Core Units and 3 Elective Units.


CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management

CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk

CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework

CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship

CHCCSL504A Apply personality and development theories

CHCCSL505A Apply learning theories in counselling

CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues

CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes

CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice

CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills

CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


CHCDFV505C Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence

CHCCSL513A Apply somatic distress reduction techniques

Possible Job Opportunities

  • Case manager
  • Problem gambling worker
  • Assessor
  • Case coordinator
  • Case worker or manager
  • Client service assessor
  • Community services worker
  • Coordinator
  • Coordinator family services
  • Early intervention worker
  • Family support worker
  • Group facilitator/coordinator
  • Pastoral care counsellor
  • Pastoral care manager
  • Program coordinator or manager
  • Dispute resolution
  • Social welfare worker
  • Welfare worker


About VICC

VICC is a counselling and coaching practice and a learning and development institute that delivers high quality professional training and development underpinned by best practice and current research in the field of counselling and coaching work.

VICC offers courses that are developed specifically for organisational training needs throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

VICC sits philosophically in the post-modern and humanistic construct of the counselling field.

This course has a strong focus on linking theory into applied application of skills practice. VICC provides learners a solid foundation on how to understand the ways to work productively with people. Unique to VICC is ‘circle time’ where we assist to develop the personhood of the professional. Students graduate with confidence about working within the community sector and Counselling field at the end of their course.