Torrens University Australia
Torrens University Australia

Diploma of Counselling & Communication Skills

Diploma (Higher Education)

Course description



1 yr

Study mode



Start date


3 intakes a year February, June, September

  • This Diploma of Counselling & Communication is delivered over three trimesters - complete in one year
  • Get the theoretical knowledge & practical skills to work in the community sector
  • Online, in-class or mixed-mode study

Course details

Entry requirements

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

  • Broadly relevant work experience; OR
  • Formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed; OR
  • Written submission
NSW, Blended
Start dates
3 intakes a year February, June, September
Full-time: 1 year | Part-time: 2 years
Study mode
Education institution
Torrens University Australia (RTO 41343)
The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including your citizenship or whether you have completed any other courses. To find out more, contact the course provider.
Payment options

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Course content

8 units

  • Human development across the lifespan
  • Introduction to social and psycho-educational theories
  • Counselling theories and interpersonal communication
  • Applied counselling 1
  • Case management principles and practice
  • Sociological considerations in counselling
  • Professional practice
  • Mental health in the community

What you’ll learn

  • Understand human behaviour at different stages
  • Recognize behavioural problems and examine strategies for positive behaviour management
  • Analyse the impact of society and culture upon the counsellor/client relationship and the community to which the client belongs
  • Critically review a range of theories in counseling
  • How to relate counselling theory to issues in counseling
  • An ethical approach to counseling
  • Practical skills in the application of a range of counselling paradigms
  • Skills to assess, manage and refer clients accordingly

Support and delivery

You can choose whether you would like to study this course online when it’s convenient to you, or at the modern Torrens University campus in Pyrmont.

Whether you study online or on-campus, you will have direct access to experienced lecturers and learning facilitators to support you through the course. Torrens has strong relationships with industry and can help you access industry leaders and expand your professional network.

Torrens' Success Coaches leverage a student’s strengths and align their learning with their broader life purpose. They work with students from their first admission, coaching students to successfully navigate the educational landscape and build personal and professional capability to improve their employability outcomes including self-employment and entrepreneurship. With a focus on the student’s career goals, and trained in Gallup strengths quest, the Success Coach takes a strengths-based approach to engage with and motivate students for study and career success.

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