Why study counselling online? Because distance learning is the most convenient way to gain professional accreditation.
- You can prepare to be a counsellor by studying online and doing some face-to-face classes and training.
- Online degrees in counselling are available through a selection of Australian universities and colleges.
Distance learning courses are popular with (i) people looking to change careers and (ii) professionals already working in community welfare.
Counselling focuses on client’s concerns and difficulties... Studying counselling involves learning how to assist people to develop an understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives.
Study Counselling Online
Studying counselling online is a convenient way to launch a new career or upgrade your skills and qualifications.
If you don’t have a degree, a Bachelor of Counselling (or equivalent) is the best way to become a professional counsellor.
- Large sections of bachelor courses may be studied externally.
- Professional counsellors often hold bachelor degrees in social work or psychology.
If you have a university degree of some kind, you can become qualified by completing a graduate diploma or masters program. Professional (qualifying) courses are only available in mixed mode format (which combine online study with in-person classes and work placements).
What Counsellors Do
Counselling is a relationship-based process. A practitioner needs to build trust and understanding with clients. Counsellors help people to
- evaluate themselves
- accept responsibility for their actions
- make good choices going forward.
Counsellors need a well developed understanding of themselves, strong empathy, a desire to help people, and an interest in social justice.
A healthy dose of life experience is also important. Counsellors assist people to make changes in thinking and decision-making. Ideally, you should know first-hand about internal transformation and growth.
A counsellor is a trained, objective professional with whom you can build a therapeutic and trusting relationship. They are trained to offer talk-based therapy... The counsellor helps you to address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness.
A successful career as a counsellor is generally underpinned by recognised qualifications and something extra beyond basic counselling skills.
- Nearly all professional roles call for a bachelor degree or postgraduate qualification, not just a basic diploma.
- A professional degree in Counselling, Social Work or Psychology is a standard requirement for counselling jobs.
For guaranteed recognition of your qualification, you can choose an online counselling course that's listed by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Bachelor of Counselling Degrees
Studying counselling at an undergraduate level gives you the opportunity to learn about more than counselling.
Australian universities offer distance education programs where you can combine counselling with other disciplines, such as community welfare and psychology.
Masters and Graduate Diplomas
Postgraduate counselling courses give students the opportunity to gain accreditation or, for practising counsellors, to further their professional development.
A graduate diploma or masters degree is the normal path for graduates of other disciplines who want professional qualifications.
- Graduate diploma and masters courses can both take up to 2 years.
- You may also need to take such a course if you have completed a bachelor degree in counselling that is not recognised by PACFA.
Fully online courses are unavailable since some important training elements call for face-to-face instruction – it's counselling after all.