About the course

About the course

This course in counselling for community services will provide you with core counselling skills and knowledge for change work.

The course will explore interventions of counselling theory and practice. You'll have the opportunity of utilising the skills and knowledge within the counselling process when dealing with complex cases across all fields of community services.

During this course you will study:

  • conducting complex assessments and referrals
  • human behaviour
  • counselling practice
  • trauma informed practice

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Intake Dates & Course Length


April

Full time: 13 weeks

Online engagement hours are typically 16 hours per week. An additional 32 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

This course is delivered online.  Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

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Career & Learning Outcomes


This course may provide you with professional employment opportunities in specific fields of practice within community services where the application of knowledge and skills of counselling are required.  On successful completion of this course you will be able to apply learned counselling and trauma informed practice skills in your role as a community service worker across many fields of practice within community service organisations.

This course provides graduates with a broad understanding of counselling theories and practices to assist graduates in their role as community services workers .  Graduates will have detailed theoretical knowledge and skills of counselling and trauma informed practice embedded in the study of developmental psychology and motivational human behaviour.

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Entry Requirements


Offshore Residents

  • Australian Year 12 completion or International equivalent
  • IELTS 6.5 or International equivalent recognised by the Institute

 

Australian Residents

 Applications with higher education study

Applicants with higher education are those who have completed some or all of a higher education course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  This includes study undertaken by applicants at non-university higher education providers or university, such as applicants seeking to transfer to Box Hill institute from another education provider or applicants changing to a different course at Box Hill Institute.

Applicants with higher education may be eligible for advanced standing and should mention any relevant qualifications in their application or during the interview with the academic course manager.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

    • achieved a score of at least 20 in English or demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard
    • booked and successfully completed an individual online selection interview
    • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitted word processed assignments through StudentWeb

Applicants with vocational education and training study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those who have completed some or all of a VET course as their highest level of study since leaving secondary education.  Applicants with a Diploma or higher qualifications may be eligible for advanced standing and should mention any relevant qualifications in their application or during the interview with the academic course manager.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

    • achieved a score of at least 20 in English or demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard
    • booked and successfully completed an individual online selection interview
    • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitting word processed assignments through StudentWeb

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those that left secondary education more that 2 years ago (i.e. applicants who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Experience could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education. This includes mature age entry, professional experience or community services work experience.

Applicants with relevant work and life experience may be eligible for advanced standing should mention any relevant experience in their application or during the interview the the academic course manager.

You can apply to study with us through direct entry and must also have:

    • achieved a score of at least 20 in English or demonstrate an equivalent literacy standard
    • booked and successfully completed an individual online selection interview
    • competent computer skills for accessing subject resources, completing online tutorial tasks and submitted word processed assignments through StudentWeb

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Australian Residents

Direct Entry

 

Offshore Residents

Please apply through:

  1. an authorised representative in your country
  2. a Box Hill Institute booth of an education exhibition
  3. direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the International office for more information.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


If you have successfully completed a Diploma of Community Services (or equivalent qualification) you may qualify for 6 credit points (1 unit).

Successful completion of the course will enable you to apply for four units (24 credit points) of advance standing into the Bachelor of Community Services

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Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised ConcessionFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$7,992
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$0$0
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$249$8,241
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$249$8,241

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure


You are required to complete all online activities and attend designated discussion forums and live tutorials. Students will require a computer with reliable internet access in order to participate in online forums and to download and upload class materials. A webcam and microphone (such as on a laptop or smart phone) is essential to participate in online discussions forums and to record or present some assessment tasks.

Lectures are recorded and can be watched in your own time. There will be live sessions once a week on Microsoft Teams (links to login will be provided).

You should expect to spend 12 hours per week per subject including personal study.  Completions of all 4 unit subjects is required to graduate

  • PSY301 Conducting Complex Assessment And Referral
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    This Unit Conducting Complex Assessment and Referral (PSY301) addresses a wholisitic approach of counselling where multiple and complex issues are present and require assessment and referral. Students will examine several kinds of assessment, including intake, domain-based, norm-based and competency-based assessment. Modalities including strength-based assessment are used to identify the client’s range of diverse needs. Learners analyse appropriate language and interpersonal skills related to the assessment process. Analysis of the most effective and lest restrictive strategies to enhance the clients learning and well-being is explored. There will be a strong focus on identifying potential risk.


    Prerequisites: none
    Assessment: Assessment 1 - Tutorial tasks and activities (2000 words) Assessment 2 - Essay - Essay that examines the critical role of assessment and appropriate referral in the delivery of community services (1500 words) Assessment 3 - Examine an assessment scenario, and write a report as a referral for the client (1500 words)

  • PSY101 Understanding Human Behaviour
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    The Understanding Human Behaviour (PSY101) introduces students to developmental psychology as an understanding of what drives or motivates human behaviour. Students will explore the theories that underpin an understanding of human development across the lifespan, including theories of attachment, cognitive and social development in the context of socio-cultural frameworks. Examination of developmental, psychological and cognitive disorders will provide a more understanding of human behaviour as relevant to community services. Learners will analyse a range of strategies for supporting client behaviour across many fields of community services.


    Assessment: Assessment 1 - Tutorial Tasks and activities (2000 words) Assessment 2 - Portfolio that examines approaches to human developmental psychology throughout the lifespan (1500 words) Assessment 3 - Essay - Examine a range of scenarios to determine impact of social, psychological and cultural factors on human behaviour. Identify supports to meet needs of people with a range of behavioural needs (1500 words)

  • COU201 Applied Counselling Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    Applied Counselling Practice(COU201) provides students with an opportunity to develop core skills for counselling and change work. Current counselling theories and models are explored in order for learners to develop a greater understanding of the theories and interventions of counselling theory and practice. Awareness for the benefits of counselling is examined as well as becoming aware of the influence of the counsellor on the counselling process and outcomes. The counselling practice required for groups and individuals with counselling needs such as children, adolescents and families will be identified and examined through a range of different contexts and indicators.

    Write an organisational policy for counselling interventions, identifying the theory that underlies the interventions, how the setting impacts on the intervention, and the tools that will be used to determine the ongoing effectiveness of the policy (1500 words)


    Assessment: Assessment 1 - Tutorial tasks and activities (2000 words) Assessment 2 - Essay on a psychological intervention theory to determine its effectiveness for contemporary practice within a workplace setting (1500 words) Assessment 3 - Write an organisational policy for counselling interventions, identifying the theory that underlies the interventions, how the setting impacts on the intervention, and the tools that will be used to determine the ongoing effectiveness of the policy (1500 words)

  • TIP309 Understanding And Approaching Trauma Informed Practice
    6.0 points

    160.0 hours

    Understanding and Approaching Trauma Informed Practice (TIP309) provides students the opportunity to explore trauma theory and the application of this knowledge in the field of community services. It will consider various models and ideas which culminate to form an integrated and context sensitive approach to trauma informed practice. The models and practices examined will be found to be transferable across the wide range of community services and client groups


    Assessment: Assessment 1 - Tutorial tasks and activities (2000 words) Assessment 2 - Case Study. Develop a fictitious case that demonstrates 1. Affects of trauma 2. Use of trauma principles 3 Elements of post traumatic growth (1500 words) Assessment 3 - Project. Design a trauma informed community program. Use the principles of trauma informed practice to develop and publicise the program (1500 words)


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