This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake generic counselling work involving skills and knowledge in counselling and high level communication in a range of commonly used modalities, referral and working within a case management framework.
Occupational titles for these workers may include:
Problem gambling worker
17 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:
14 core units
3 elective units
A wide range of elective units is available, including:
Relevant electives listed below
Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at this level or higher in other relevant Training Packages
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
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking counselling work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.
Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following list of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.
CHCSW402B Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia
To gain entry into CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
The application of relevant technical and other skills.
Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries