Professional Certificate in Counselling

Are you drawn to the art of counselling and the profound impact it can have on individuals' lives? Do you feel a calling to help others navigate their emotional and psychological challenges? Are you seeking a comprehensive course to equip you with professional counselling techniques and skills? If you nod in agreement to these questions, then the Professional Certificate in Counselling is designed to turn your passion into professional expertise.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with a discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 500 hours to complete the course, which has five key modules made up of 40 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Health professions
  • Caring roles
  • Human Resources
Course Modules

Module 1: Counselling Skills I

  1. Learning Specific Skills
  2. Listening and Bonding
  3. Reflection
  4. Questioning
  5. Interview Techniques
  6. Changing Beliefs and Normalising
  7. Finding Solutions
  8. Ending the Counselling

This module is designed to give you an introduction into the role of a counsellor and how a counsellor facilitates a person’s resolution of issues, whilst respecting their values, personal resources, culture and capacity for choice.

You will learn techniques to provide insight into a client’s feelings and behaviour to help the client adjust and change their behaviour if necessary. From the basic foundations, such as improving your listening and communications skills, to discovering ways to articulate and comment on a client’s issue from a professional perspective, this course covers a wide spectrum of counselling, which can be beneficial for many careers, for example, a nurse, youth leader, personal trainer or teacher.

Module 2: Counselling Skills II

  1. The Counselling Session
  2. Focus on the Present
  3. Telephone Counselling
  4. Dealing with Crises
  5. Problem-Solving Techniques I: Aggression
  6. Problem-Solving Techniques II: Depression
  7. Problem-Solving Techniques III: Grief and Loss
  8. Problem-Solving Techniques IV: Suicide

This module is designed to hone your micro-skills. Micro-skills are the techniques, which counsellors use to help clients find solutions for dealing with their problems.  This module also provides professional development for those already working in counselling, welfare, human resources management or care services.

Delving deeper into specific problem-solving techniques, you will explore aggression, depression, grief and loss and suicide, and various methods to provide counsel in these situations.

Module 3: Counselling Techniques

  1. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I - Freud, Erikson, Jung
  2. Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy II – Adler
  3. Humanistic/Existential Approaches I - Gestalt Therapy
  4. Humanistic/Existential Approaches II - Person-Centred Therapy
  5. Rational Emotive  Behavioural  Therapy
  6. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 
  7. Behavioural Therapy
  8. Solution-Focused Counselling

This module introduces you to the foundational theories and practices of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, including the works of Freud, Erikson, Jung, and Adler. It also delves into the humanistic and existential approaches, highlighting Gestalt Therapy by Fritz Perls and Person-Centred Counselling by Carl Rogers, along with Rational Behavioural Therapy by Albert Ellis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Aaron Beck.

In addition to these theoretical frameworks, the module covers practical aspects of behavioural therapy and solution-focused counselling. This comprehensive overview equips you with a diverse range of techniques and approaches, enhancing your ability to provide effective counselling across various client needs and situations, and is particularly beneficial for those in counselling, welfare, human resources management, or care services.

Module 4: Professional Practice in Counselling

  1. Understanding Counselling
  2. Ethics & Confidentiality
  3. Understanding The Self
  4. Personality
  5. Emotions & Behaviour
  6. Supervision
  7. Referral Practice

Discover foundational aspects of counselling. It starts with an overview of counselling basics, delving into the vital areas of ethics and confidentiality. This module emphasises the importance of self-awareness for counsellors, exploring how personality, emotions, and behaviour impact their practice.

This module covers essential elements like supervision, crucial for skill development and maintaining effective practice, and referral practices, highlighting the importance of recognizing professional limits and the need for collaboration in client care. This module is key for those aiming to uphold professionalism and efficacy in their counselling careers.

Module 5: Crisis Counselling

  1. Understanding Methods Of Crisis Intervention
  2. Ethical, Professional And Legal Issues
  3. Dangers during Crises And Effective Intervention
  4. Developmental Crises
  5. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms (PTSD)
  6. Violence And Sexual Assault 
  7. Crisis And Drug Addiction
  8. Family Crises
  9. Crises And Cultural Issues

Gain focused learning on crisis intervention, covering methods and the associated ethical, professional and legal issues. It emphasises understanding the dangers and effective strategies for handling crises, providing a solid foundation in this critical area of counselling.

The module also explores developmental crises, post-traumatic stress disorder, the effects of violence and sexual assault and issues related to drug addiction and family crises. Additionally, it addresses the impact of cultural factors on crisis situations, equipping you with the knowledge to manage a wide range of challenging scenarios in counselling.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you five days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

Have a question?

Our Course Consultants can answer any questions you may have. They will help you to find the best course for you and your goals and how to enrol.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry, or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry-leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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