The Melbourne branch was fantastic, made my experience a lot easier and they provided a great source of support. The content of the course was very detailed and informative. The options for completing practical assessments allowed for flexibility! Highly recommend!
Diploma of Counselling - Melbourne
I found this course to be excellent on so many levels. Firstly, the teaching content is very practical and overall very good quality, secondly, the practical therapeutic microskills I have learnt have been invaluable. Thirdly, this course is flexible and achievable especially for those already working in the community sector and adults with life responsibilities in general etc. In fact, compared to my experiences going to university studying a community services subject, I never learnt anywhere as much as I have in this course in terms of how...to actually implement counselling therapies into my practice and basic microskills etc. Practical teachings of the implementation of Counselling therapies is the biggest draw card for this course. I would have to say many psychologists I have seen in the past personally, have not known how to actually implement their therapies into their practice, unfortunately. It’s also great to study for personal growth, as I now realise what therapy should look like and can pick better Therapists. (However they are always booked out!). So I would even recommend psychologists do this course if they want to improve their practice. Best value and most flexibility course in the sector , hands down.
Highly recommend studying with AIPC Melbounre
Very satisfied with teaching and course content. Both admin and student assist very helpful and encouraging. Some content challenging, however, lots of support available e.g. Student support, tutors, administration, student forum and markers feedback.
Accurate and meaningful course
The contents of this course is accurate and detailed, I felt secure to practice after completing each assessment. Highly recommended. Every units has a practical which is an helpful tool to learn our practice.
Graduate Dip of Relationship Counselling - Waste of time and money
Initially I was happy to recommend this course however after attempting to complete two units I have a completely different view. I have a long history of university study at a high level behind me, both Undergrad and Post Graduate studies with some of the top universities in Australia. This course is near impossible to complete. They tell you that each unit can be completed in 70 hours, it's more like 400 hours. The contents of the units is actually quite good but their marking system is atrocious. If you have studied at a proper university I ...would steer well clear of this course. The units consist of a workbook with short answer questions, two research essays and a case study. The essays and case studies are pretty much the same as you'd expect from a university course however the workbook is a whole other animal. One marker will return the workbook and tell you to expand on every answer and the next will tell you to cut everything down so you go around in circles going nowhere. Then to top it off, they keep telling me that I am not using a licenced version of Word and have hacked into their files and are corrupting their workbook security systems - I can assure you I am NOT that talented nor have I ever used anything other than licenced copies of software programs. I feel I made a mistake by paying for the course up front, they take your money then have no intention of letting you complete the course by tying you up in red tape and make it impossible to complete the workbooks. I am about to begin my Masters of Counselling with Monash Univerity having been accepted and RPL'd for two thirds of the course based on my academic record and work experience so clearly I am no dummy and having successfully completed more than 40 units at universities across Aus I can safely say there is something wrong with this institute and their marking system. Steer well clear! Take your money far away from here. If it's not a university don't study with them is my new rule! In the meantime I am going to continue trying to get a refund on this complete waste of my time.
Sensational experience with AIPC
Achieving my counselling diploma through AIPC was sensational. The course content was valuable and manageable, the markers provided encouraging feedback and there was plenty of support. My overall experience was rewarding and I would encourage anyone who wishes to do counselling to look into this course.
Great supportive college
I completed the diploma in counselling with AIPC and was so impressed with the online support. The admin staff were great, content of course very thorough and the assessors very professional. A MIX of theory and prac made it interesting . Would highly recommend , suitable for all ages even if you haven't studied in years.
Meaningful learning experience
For me, completing the Diploma in Counselling is the 7th formal course to complete ( 2 bachelors, 1 Masters, 1 Grad Dip, 1 Grad Cert and 1 PhD). Therefore, I was a bit doubtful how this Diploma would experience would be especially when it is a self paced, online course. THOUGHTS are not FACTS!!! I was very happy with the quality of learning materials, assessment structure and the nature of feedback.
Being a medical doctor and a specialist in my field, the Diploma not only made me LEARN new stuff but more importantly made me UNLEARN few long es...tablished knowledge and skills. The practicum instructor and assessor (Lorraine) was the BEST. She was so willing to share her wisdom and ensure the future professionals have the best qualities in them. Learning experience does not stop with learning materials and assessors. The admin staff play a BIG role in enriching the overall experience...a special mention and thanks to Jacqui, Tracie and Bettina.
The Diploma in Counselling is a great way to start a career in counselling
Highly recommend this course. The course structure allows the student to work at their own pace and gain good knowledge of counselling skills and tools to support clients. The seminars are more beneficial for the practical component. So much can be learned by interacting with others on the course. The facilitators at the Perth campus are so supportive and provide very valuable feedback. A big thank you to you all.
A very supportive and professional organisation.
The course so far has offered great content that gives an aspiring counsellor excellent skills and tools necessary to support clients. But it always comes back to the counsellor to be able to incorporate the tools and truly connect with clients that makes the difference.
Diploma of Counselling, excellent course for life and career
The course comes with lots of great materials. The assessors at Adelaide Center are helpful and supportive. Highly recommend. The seminars are great for practical component. Counseling is a real helping profession.
The diploma of counselling was a great course. The content structure allows students to work at their own pace and gain valuable learning around the counselling process and theory behind it. This course allows students upon finishing to be ready to start a career in helping people find direction and growth. I highly recommend this nationally accredited diploma.
Enjoying the course
The course is well structured and I love that fact I can study whilst working full time. The study guides are easy to follow. The instructions are clear and the team is supportive and prompt. It is encouraging to read the comments from the assessors which acts as a great guide.
Perfect course for me.
The course content flowed well and easy to understand with back up Readings Book information. As I was also working, studying at my own pace from home worked very well for me, with the option of doing skype practicals as I live in regional Victoria and some distance from Melbourne. Obviously, Covid year played a huge part in not allowing City access for services.
Very supportive and postive learning space
Love studying at my own pace. When help was needed there were many options to contact AIPC and the reaponse was quick, helpful and very supportive.
Assessors gave very constructive feedback which is important for future references and growth. Thank you.
Positive Learning Experience
Enjoying working through the course at my own pace to fit with my lifestyle and time... structured and easy to follow with good help , support and feedback from AIPC staff and assessors.
A simple process and full of interesting topics.
To date very happy with only need to gain clarification from Melbourne office on one occasion. The course has been a nice mix of challenge and straight forward work load.
Interesting, well organised and enjoyable
I am about half-way through my Diploma of Financial Counselling and have enjoyed the course very much. The content is interesting, practical and informative and the practical assessments complement the theory well. I like the flexibility of being able to complete all of it in my own time from home, including practical assessments by video. Melbourne staff have been supportive and quick to respond to queries. I have studied both a Bachelors degree and a postgrad degree at University previously and this course is easily comparable in terms of teaching quality and support.
Best Choice I've Made
I thought long and hard before signing up with AIPC. Upon comparing them to other RTO's I felt they were the right fit for me. I've found the staff in Melbourne, extremely professional, friendly and helpful.
Whenever I felt stuck (mainly due to covid and my own procrastination issues), I would turn to the facebook page and find people at different stages of their studies offering helpful suggestions. The support network is second to none!
AIPC is specialised in the field of counselling, their course content is informative, interesting, extensive and thorough. Signing up with them is the best choice I've made!!
I recommend the course.
It’s a strange question, but what would you want to do even if you were going to fail? It’s not to say that you will, rather the point is, regardless of the outcome, there are journeys in life you want to take.
These studies have been part of that for me, a great journey in their own right. I’ve enjoyed the topics, which have provided a foundational backbone in counselling that I use along with additional readings. And the staff at the Melbourne branch have been supportive along the way.
I would recommend the course.
Questions & Answers
I’m interested in starting the diploma of counselling, but would like to know if I can work as a relationship counsellor with just this diploma ? (I have a bachelor in psychology as well)
I am thinking of enrolling in the diploma of counselling however after reading the above comments, I am concerned that there will be no work. My understanding is that you have to start with the diploma to be eligible to do your masters etc.? If what people are saying is correct even when you have your masters etc. You will not be able to apply to be able to registered for people to claim back through their health funds unless you are a psychologist which is 5-7 years of study? Is that correct? I believe there is a big difference between what counsellor s do to psychologists do and I had felt better about being a counsellor than a psychologist. Now I’m questioning if I am doing the right thing.
Accredited mental health social workers (4 year degree plus accreditation through the AASW) are also able to bill through Medicare.
I am interested in starting the Diploma of counselling and would do this part time. How many hours per week would I need to set aside for each of the 18 units?
How long can you take to complete the Diploma?
Hi Libby, I balance my study around my weekend hours as I work FT and do school runs plus housework - so it's chipping off the units consistently in whatever time bits are available to your personal circumstances. In broad terms, I commit about 3-4 hours of study every weekend, but prefer adjusting to ensure quality over coverage. If I get some ad hoc free time, I bunker down to do more. On average, you can get theory, additional reading, assignment and assessment done within 3 weeks per unit, but tailoring to adjust to your other daily responsibilities is the name of the game in the long term.
What I found is this approach gives me less pressure and motivates me through small wins. Sometimes you just got to do life and be flexible. Speak with the student office and they can help you too with good tips/guidance even before you enrol. Generally they encourage you to finish it under 3-4 years depending on how soon the school updates their syllabus to ensure the diploma reflects current standards and meet the profession's expectations. I'm definitely planning to wrap this up within the year because I want to start practising soon in real life. Hope this helps. Good luck and enjoy the experience!
Thank you so much for this advice. So handy to hear from people who are currently doing the course. All the best as you continue your studies this year and hopefully finish the course. Thanks again
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