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Diploma of counselling (CHC51708)



This nationally recognised course provides students with generic counselling skills and knowledge, including communication skills, knowledge of a range of commonly used counselling modalities, referral skills, and the ability to work within an organisation in a counselling role. This course is designed to assist those wanting to work in Indigenous community service organisations, family support services, not-for-profit community organisations, government agencies, sexual health services, community health centres, outreach services, residential services, and women's health centres.

Indigenous focus

This course has been developed with feedback from rural and remote Indigenous communities, and course content has been contextualised to give participants a broad range of skills and knowledge to work in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations. The course includes opportunities to practice real skills, work in groups, and share stories and learning experiences.

This qualification has been widely used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers to supplement their qualifications in primary health care.

ABSTUDY information

Indigenous students are eligible to receive ABSTUDY benefits for the duration of this course. These benefits may include funds for accommodation, meals, and travel to Townsville, as well as an income-dependent fortnightly allowance.

This course is delivered in mixed-mode block training, consisting of four lots of five-day training spread over several months.


Community Training Australia
Level 3, 334 Flinders Street
Townsville QLD 4810
Ph: (07) 4772 4103
Fax: (07) 4771 2083


Last updated: 8 November 2011
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