"Residential schools are really interesting. Even though you have studied all through the semester, you still have your own inhibitions and fear that you haven’t actually grasped the content... and then when you get there you realise that everyone in the class is in a similar position to you, with the same sort of fears… you are then able to put all the pieces together and everything you’ve gained knowledge over, and realise that you really have a handle on it."
"Studying with AIPC is really good because of the flexibility… it is a very practical and specific course tailored for counselling, to give you all practical skills you need to be successful when you do embark in your career."
"I am a single parent and I have taken the full study load. Having the third semester is very helpful because you can bring it down [the workload] a little bit and not experience too much pressure."
"In found interacting with other students extremely beneficial... you learn a lot from the other students who are already actually in the field and have done the Diploma."
"If you are thinking about studying a Counselling degree I would definitely go through AIPC. I think they have helped nurture me. It is easy to keep going – it is harder at the start, but you will find it easier as you go through, and it is really rewarding."
"I really enjoy the degree because it has allowed me to study at home. Having children at home, I have been able to work around what I have to do. It has given me a lot of flexibility."
"I thought it really important to come to residential schools. We [students] learn so much from each other in the classroom, and also from the lecturer who is great. It is a great experience."
"I started doing the Diploma. All this learning has been so great. It is really preparing me for the work I am looking at doing in mental health."
"The tutors are wonderful. If you have an issue, they will help you find the solution."
"When I started, my mind tended to go to... "I'm too old for that"... "I'm too old to study"... "I'm too old to get that sort of position"... but you are never too old. There are a lot of opportunities out there to learn what we need to learn as counsellors. And that's a huge role to play in the community... to be able to help others work through their issues."
"AIPC is good because it is not restricted to just being in Australia. I am actually located in Malaysia – I fly in for residential schools and then fly out again."
"The context of the education and the content of it is actually equivalent to a traditional college. I looked at a lot of content and course materials from different universities, and it matches."
"It helps that some of the lecturers actually send us reminders... a weekly reminder to keep us updated on what's next to study... I specifically like that... it keeps me on track."
"Although it was a counselling course, I did learn a lot of things about myself and things that I didn’t think would be that helpful to me... but they have been very helpful in my own life. In the work environment, I have found that this counselling degree opens doors very much in the public sector and the private sector."
"It is also very convenient being distance education because I can sit down at night, when everyone has stopped talking, and no one is calling me, and the children are in bed... and study."
"If at times over those 18 months I found myself losing focus a little bit, I have been able to talk to either the lecturer or many times other students. We've actually got together on Skype and have been able to talk to each other."
I started the Bachelor of Counselling Course in March 2008. When I first found out about the course I was excited at the prospect of doing a Degree that was...
I was invited to apply for the AIPC degree course after finishing my Diploma, which was well timed as I was looking around to upgrade it. The home based study...
My personal growth journey started a few years before I decided to study and I am still thoroughly amazed by what I am doing with my life. As well as...
At the beginning of 2004 I found myself enrolled in the course with the lovely people at AIPC, the administration team and student support team have both been amazing in...
With one hand I receive my Diploma with excitement, pride, joy, and dreams realised, but on the other hand I reach out to those who may need guidance and direction...
With the guidance and support of the AIPC team I completed my Diploma in November 06, and by January 07 landed my dream job as a trainer (who also requires...
The last four and a half years have certainly been a time of self-development for myself due to the subjects we covered in the Diploma. I was able through my...
I would like to explain the journey of my studies with the A.I.P.C. From the first unit I started I was unsure of my ability's in completing the "22 Units"...
Since graduating with the Diploma in July 2006 - it's such an unbelievable feeling to accomplish and also it's providing opportunities and changes in my life that were not possible...
I never thought I'd be writing my own success story, just like the one's I read at the beginning of my studies. About halfway through the Diploma we were living...
My journey into studying counselling began over three years ago, when I felt the need for self exploration after many years of various personal traumas.
The AIPC self paced, do at...
I started the Bachelor of Counselling Course in March 2008. When I first found out about the course I was excited at the prospect of doing a Degree that was solely focused on Counselling and run by an Institute who specialise in providing counselling training. I was also happy that it was offered as a home study course because I am working part time in my own counselling practice and enjoy the flexibility of setting my own study hours around my work commitments. I also knew how well organised and professional the Institute is because I had completed their Diploma course not that long ago.
I did have a concern though with how I would go having set term times in which to complete the assessments as I had been used to pacing my previous studies in the Diploma. While I have found it slightly more stressful meeting these deadlines, it has made me complete far more work in a shorter period of time than I have previously. So I am viewing this as creative stress which is making me perform to a higher level, which ultimately is more rewarding!
In terms of the course structure and study guides, I have found these to be well laid out and comprehensive. I love the fact that we are given a suggested study timetable which makes study planning much more straightforward. We also have access to the lecturers via email and I have always found them to respond quickly to any questions that I might have. The other thing that I have found very helpful is the feedback that we get with our assessments, which provides constructive criticism for each section and suggestions for improvement.
All in all I have enjoyed my first year of study in the Bachelor course and would recommend it to others who are looking for a flexible degree that they can do at home.
I was invited to apply for the AIPC degree course after finishing my Diploma, which was well timed as I was looking around to upgrade it. The home based study was perfect for me (in Singapore) as there is good on-line support and a comprehensive and well organised study pack.
The cost was low in comparison to other courses I investigated, and I was able to choose from several options for payment. In addition to this, because of the diploma, I saved money as I was exempt from six of the subjects.
The subject matter being studied is really interesting, but with assignment deadlines and reading, the course has been a challenge, particularly with a family to manage. However, I am almost finished the first year and I am still very motivated to carry on, and feel glad that I decided to do this. I would be happy to recommend the course to anyone who wants to study counseling.
My personal growth journey started a few years before I decided to study and I am still thoroughly amazed by what I am doing with my life. As well as being all of the above I am also one of those counselors who have themselves been abused. Some of you will realize how far I have come up to this point, some of you may not realize this as yet. I have gone form being a person who couldn't look another human being in the eye, so low was my self esteem, to doing things with my life that are beyond my wildest dreams. I found it very difficult to speak to other people and I find myself wondering how I ever managed to have a life at all. Let me tell you what I am doing now. I have begun to counsel people individually and my clients have come to me through word of mouth.
Look this might seem like I am blowing my own trumpet but really I am not. I just want to share with you all that is possible. You can achieve whatever is in your heart to achieve. The road might be a bit rocky at times, but remember that we grow through the tough times, not the smooth.
Decide how long this diploma will take you realistically. Split your units into manageable bundles. I used school terms as I fitted my studies around my children. Decide how long each unit will take, even each section of a unit if you have to. Set yourself deadlines for each unit and make study a priority in your life. I think it is very important that you reward your self when you meet your deadlines and achieve each small goal.
At the beginning of 2004 I found myself enrolled in the course with the lovely people at AIPC, the administration team and student support team have both been amazing in their support and guidance and I have nothing but the highest praise and the regard for them both. These are the people with whom as a student you have the most contact with and they are all, each and every one of them truly amazing people with an unenviable burden of encouraging and stimulating the offtimes lethargic and tired student, and it has to be said that without their tireless enthusiasm many a student would have crumbled at the roadside, drifting on a sea of words and jargon, lost to the power and the beauty and the bounty that comes from completing the course.
So here I am at the end of the cycle, having received my diploma, and gotten my own ABN, I am ready to set up a personal counselling practice. But I am not only ready for it, I want to have a go at it, I want to be given a chance to prove to some of those naysayers out there and I'm sure all of us as both students and graduates have had our fair share of those, that I have what it takes and can make it. I know it is going to be a struggle, and the path is hard but in my view it is a path well worn and trod by a billion feet and as appealing as that path is, I want to strike out on my own, forging my own path, my own goals, my own unique and typically eclectic approach.
My counselling role is set and I am the master of my own fate.
With one hand I receive my Diploma with excitement, pride, joy, and dreams realised, but on the other hand I reach out to those who may need guidance and direction sharing with them life skills and keys to freedom. With better knowledge, passion and experience it is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to speak into people’s lives, something that I don’t ever want to take for granted.
May I encourage each and everyone of you who finds studying a drudgery to keep the momentum going the way I did. I kept myself accountable and I had a study partner, and just kept setting myself a goal. Don’t forget the dream, the purpose as to why you started studying counselling. Whether it is just out of interest or just to gain knowledge and skills remember, that these are never wasted. It is also important to reward yourself when you achieve a unit. I am determined to further my qualifications in the areas of Family and Relationship Counselling.
To put what I have learnt into practice, I am looking forward to working in my local church, the community, local GP’s, and setting up my own private practice called – A Positive Soulution Counselling (A Change from the inside out).
In closing, I hope that a snippet of my story has inspired you. Remember to ‘Live your dream – Believe in yourself and Just do it!’
With the guidance and support of the AIPC team I completed my Diploma in November 06, and by January 07 landed my dream job as a trainer (who also requires a counselling qualification) re launching the long term unemployed back into the workforce. The fit to my skill sets is breath-taking in its synchronicity.
Who could have known three years ago when I first picked up the phone and made the call. Who would have seen last November when I rang the student helpline at AIPC with fear and anxiety asking how on earth will I turn my forthcoming ‘piece of paper’ into paid work that the next step was just a leap of faith. My Diploma in Professional Counselling stacked up very well at the job interview as my now-manager (bless him) was quietly thinking in tangents about how I could also slot in to the company’s future growth area, Youth Pathways, if he secured me now. I’ve got a lot to look forward to, by anybody’s reckoning.
Distant education helped me to go about earning a living whilst I learned my craft, while I always enjoyed feelings of inclusivity from the astute crew at AIPC. You were ALWAYS there when I needed direction, guidance, support and encouragement. What a client champion you are! Tutor, Zahava, brings an exceptional quality to your team with a raft of counselling experience, knowledge and skill. In fact, all of your staff are stand-outs, and when this high human resource standard is replicated in the training system and materials you provide students, I am motivated to highly recommend the AIPC to any individual seeking to become a recognized, accredited and qualified counselling graduate who can confidently hit the boards running into the profession. In other words, if I can do it, so can YOU!
The last four and a half years have certainly been a time of self-development for myself due to the subjects we covered in the Diploma. I was able through my studies to find my strengths and draw on them when they were most needed. My cousin who I am very close to had two schizophrenic breakdowns and nearly died a third time due to over medicating herself: My daughter at ten years old lost her half sisters Fiancé to suicide. She was devastated and getting her through that was hard work. A close friend and her husband lost their baby at three days old and my family lost two wonderful uncles and my grandmother. Most tragically of all, was in April this year when my brother's only child (23 years old, a gentle and lovely boy with an l8 month old son of his own) killed his mother and four year old half sister in a psychotic frenzy. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and is now in a psychiatric ward in W.A. awaiting trial. My brother was devastated and suicidal. He would not accept the counselling offered to him but said he would talk to me. This truly was my greatest challenge as I worried about my brother's mental state. I frantically researched schizophrenia so I could help him and the rest of the family understand the disease. We were all reeling in shock and had many mixed emotions towards my nephew.
I was extremely grateful at this time that I was doing this course as it enabled me to separate myself from my own emotions in order to help my brother. My brother will never be the same again, as many in this tragedy won't, but he has come to deal with this, and is a wonderful grandfather to his little grandson and is supporting his son through the long ordeal ahead of him.
Recently I was offered a position with Student Care Welfare Qld. counselling children 7 to 17 and I have just commenced my advanced study major in Abuse and Abuse Trauma Counselling. A.I.P.C. has a wonderful support team so no matter how hard the road is, keep going it's worth it in the end and the skills you learn are valuable tools for life.
I would like to explain the journey of my studies with the A.I.P.C. From the first unit I started I was unsure of my ability's in completing the "22 Units" to my Diploma. As I was at the time 55 years old and had only completed courses that were no longer than 6 to 8 weeks long one night a week for about 2 hours.
When I started the course it was for my self mainly, as I had very low self-esteem, and had many issues that on a personal level that needed to be addressed. The result of the experience I gained from the course is better self-esteem, more confident person that is more able to tackle tasks with out a second thought. All my family and friends have noticed a huge change in me over the time.
At time's you really have to just push yourself and say I will get this much done by this time. It is sometimes good to take a very short break and then reset your goals for the next stage. If you take to much time away from the study's you will find it harder to get back into the study mode. The seminars increased my confidence to speak and participate in group situations, which helped my self-esteem. I have learnt many skills during the course and now feel confident to plan my life to be able to help other people or children in many ways with the problems they may have.
This would not have happened without the support and help of others, such as the staff at both Carina and the valley, who have always been there to help, with their friendly support. In closing I would like to thank again all at A.I.P.C. for their help for me by phone, seminars, or tutorials. I would also like to wish all current students the very best, and to say stay with it, the rewards for yourself and the help you can give others is without a doubt the feeling that you can experience.
Since graduating with the Diploma in July 2006 - it's such an unbelievable feeling to accomplish and also it's providing opportunities and changes in my life that were not possible a couple of years ago. My lack of self-confidence and deprivation of personal ambitions has now been transformed to pursuing my ideal employment. I am focusing now on developing patience and realism to make my ideal job happen.
The AIPC study has taught me to have faith, confidence and strength in myself, as well as a myriad of other skills, but these personal attributes have enabled me to leave to leave the security of my administrative position in late June 2006. Since that time I've been working as a Personal Carer/Support person for 4 days a week. I enjoy this volunteer work which is providing me with a variety of excellent work experience that is invaluable. Through this agency, I have recently attended some presentations, such as Child Protection & Safety and Positive Parenting.
I now feel confident that with my AIPC Diploma qualification, community work, and volunteer work, I will be successful with my job search. Recently I have had two interviews with a job placement agency for disabled persons and a community agency. Whenever I have mentioned the AIPC Diploma qualification, I have received a positive reaction and recognition of this study.
Rob Carrigan seems to have endless compassion, time and understanding for people like myself, and has been very helpful and inspirational throughout my units of study, and even now that I've graduated, continues the support and assistance. Also other staff at AIPC have been continually supportive, and responsive to all of my requests over the 2 years of study.
I never thought I'd be writing my own success story, just like the one's I read at the beginning of my studies. About halfway through the Diploma we were living on a remote island and experienced a traumatic house fire that destroyed ninety percent of our possessions; photo's, books, personal documents, clothes. However, I willingly chose to continue my studies as it enabled me to focus on the future and move forward. Studying with AIPC whilst at home raising two children and running a household empowered me as a woman, I craved and needed something to stimulate myself during the day once all the housework was done and the children were happy. Throughout my studies I'd regularly hear my internal voice saying `try and finish this, you never complete what you start'. So I decided to prove my internal voice wrong by challenging myself to complete my studies which I did in December 2005.
The Diploma has taught me useful life skills that will always remain with me. Not only is it a course that allows you to help others and yourself but it's about becoming a better human being, and you can't ask much more than that. Studying with AIPC has made me understand more about human behaviour in a selfless and insightful way. Over the past years, studying the Diploma has improved my knowledge and enlightened my awareness about other people and life itself.
Looking back I'm very grateful for the encouragement Robert Carrigan provided me at a time that I needed to get me where I am today. The self satisfaction from knowing you've completed a Diploma in Professional counselling is overwhelming and extremely rewarding. Thank you to all the support at AIPC that provide people like me with a Diploma that is nationally recognised.
My journey into studying counselling began over three years ago, when I felt the need for self exploration after many years of various personal traumas.
The AIPC self paced, do at home with abundant student support offer was just what I needed. What I learned along the way inspired me to keep discovering how to improve my own life and many others – yet the greatest obstacle I faced was myself.
Along the journey, I lost my Mum to cancer, got to know my Dad and his health problems more that I ever did, was laid up for 6 months surgery and physio for a badly fractured foot, and despite overcoming these hurdles, was frequently battling one of my worst failings – procrastination!
Finally receiving my Diploma was a very exciting and satisfying event, one which you too will enjoy as you press on to the end of your course.
AIPC have been a joy to associate with and share this important and beneficial time in my life, which I can now use to help so many others through the obstacles on their bumpy roads in life.
I am currently studying two of my three majors, and look forward to specialising in these areas.
AIPC has been an exceptional institution to study through. I have studied with a few institutions over the years but AIPC has by far been the best. What I particularly like is the fact that the lecturers manage to afford students a great degree of flexibility in terms of fitting their studies into their day to day lives whilst maintaining an extremely high standard of education.
I spent a long time researching institutions that offered counselling and I am so glad that I chose AIPC. Like most of us, I try to fit in 25 hours of things to do into every 24 hour period but AIPC have been 100% supportive and do their level best to facilitate my academic progress.
AIPC staff are always friendly and helpful and there is always someone willing and able to help with any inquiry. I began my studies in NSW and after a transfer to QLD I still receive correspondence and offers of assistance from the AIPC team in Sydney!!! Thank you to all the AIPC staff for all that you do. Through your ongoing commitment to external studies and to the art/science of counselling, counselling is growing in recognition and status.