There has never been a better time for you to become a counsellor or further develop your counselling qualifications. The need for counsellors in Australia has never been greater. Increasing societal pressures have created a massive need in our communities for qualified counsellors. As a counsellor, you’ll be doing what you love and have a lot of career opportunities for you in this rewarding field.
We’ve helped people from all sorts of backgrounds become counsellors. Our Masters students come from a variety of backgrounds. With a prior undergraduate (Bachelor) degree in counselling or any field, some are seeking to utilise counselling skills in their current profession in education, nursing, ministry or corrective services. Some are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession. While others already have a Bachelor degree in counselling and are looking to extend their knowledge and skills further.
As a counsellor with a Master of Counselling, there are many opportunities for you as an employee or in private practice. You can make a real difference in areas such as grief and loss; relationships; abuse; youth and adolescents; family; stress; trauma recovery; addictions; mental health and many more.
Our Master of Counselling is available to anyone with an undergraduate Bachelor qualification in any field. The course has been specifically designed this way to provide a learning pathway at a higher educational level commensurate with the student’s prior demonstrated abilities. The Master of Counselling can be studied either full or part time, allowing you to progress at a speed that suits you; either moderately according to your lifestyle commitments, or faster if you wish to gain your Master qualification more quickly.
The course is completed externally by working through your course material at home. This is particularly useful if you have other obligations in your life that occupy your time.
Irrespective of your reasons to contact us, it's your natural desire and ability to help others that we seek to evolve and formalise through our tertiary education. AIPC’s Master of Counselling provides a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional tertiary education offered by Universities.
So, no matter where you live or how busy you are, we make it possible for you to achieve your Master of Counselling.
The Master of Counselling provides a means for professional people from all backgrounds to attain a high level counselling qualification. AIPC has been at the forefront of the Counselling industry for almost 25 years. We’ve invested significant time in developing a unique program that intricately and progressively teaches Counselling theory and applications to provide graduates with a strong, thorough knowledge and skill base.
The Institute is approved as a Higher Education Provider (Provider Number: PRV12083) by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) with its higher education courses also being accredited by TEQSA.
At the completion of all subjects, the Master of Counselling qualification is awarded by Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Pty Ltd ATF AIPC Trust T/As Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.
The Institute is also approved to as a Higher Education Provider for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), so you can choose to pay your subject fees via the FEE-HELP system. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees.
The Master of Counselling is equivalent in terms of its academic standing to any Master program in Counselling offered by a University. Additionally, AIPC’s Master of Counselling has also attained industry accreditation through the Australian Counselling Association.
The Institute’s Master of Counselling is the ideal path for professionals to acquire a tertiary counselling qualification.
The Master of Counselling is a careful blend of theory and practical application. Theory is learnt through user-friendly learning materials that have been carefully designed to make your studies as accessible and conducive to learning as possible.
The course and its subjects are structured to progressively develop your knowledge and skills from foundational, theoretical concepts through to more complex concepts and advanced skills and applications.
Subjects in the first year of the course focus on foundational counselling topics such as the profession of counselling, therapeutic relationships, the process of counselling, counselling micro skills, ethical considerations and reflective practice for the counselling professional. A range of contemporary therapeutic approaches to counselling are covered to establish a strong therapeutic base, along with assessment tools and methods appropriate to the counselling setting.
Second Year subjects integrate specialist knowledge and skills with focussed application in areas such as Crisis and Trauma, Loss and Grief, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Families & Couples, and Children & Adolescents. You will also complete a work placement and practical project in a counselling environment.
On completion, you will have the capacity to apply counselling theory and skills in an intentional and mindful manner. You will have the ability to evaluate and apply a variety of counselling skills and approaches according to the presenting issues of your client. You will also have the ability to analyse counselling issues with consideration to broader cultural perspectives and will be equipped to make a natural transition to the role of Counsellor.
Below is the subject outline for AIPC's Master of Counselling.
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*Electives offered each semester are at the Institute’s discretion.
Graduates of the Institute’s Bachelor of Counselling receive credit for the following subjects in the Master of Counselling:
MC01 Introduction to Counselling
MC02 Counselling Process
MC03 Counselling Skills
MC04 Ethics and Reflective Practice
Graduates and students of other Bachelor courses in Counselling are able to apply for credit of subjects in the Master of Counselling and are eligible to receive credit equivalent to up to one semester of subjects (ie, four x 6 credit point subjects, or 2 x 6 credit point subjects and 1 x 12 credit point subject).
Students who have been working within a counselling environment for a number of years are able to apply for recognition of prior learning based on their experience.
If credit is provided, students are not required to pay the fee for the subjects in which credit is obtained.
The Institute sets the benchmark for service and support in external counselling studies in Australia. We are the only counselling educator in Australia to offer a complete external study support system, developed over many years of research and continuous feedback from students.
Whilst we specialise in external education, support is always close at hand through phone call or email. No matter where you live, our dedicated academic and administrative staff are keen to assist you with your needs.
You have unlimited access to the Institute’s Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line. Our highly qualified Lecturers are there to assist you with academic support throughout the semester. This includes providing teaching and guidance on specific concepts if you feel you need further explanation, clarifying questions on assignment topics, and personal coaching on assignment writing. Students are advised by their respective Lecturer at the commencement of each semester of their individual availability.
You are also able to email your Lecturer at any time with your study query and will receive a response within one working day.
The Master of Counselling is structured to ensure you graduate with a high level of practical skill so you can apply your counselling knowledge with confidence. Some subjects of the course require attendance at compulsory Residential Schools covering a range of topics including Counselling Process, Counselling Skills, Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Counselling, and Collaborative and Competency-Based Counselling Approaches.
The Residential Schools are scheduled at the end of each semester and conducted from our specialist Higher Education Campus in Brisbane, Australia. Residential Schools are a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of your Lecturer. To help facilitate your learning, our Residential Schools use case scenarios relating to everyday, contemporary issues and provide a wonderful supportive forum for group discussion, interaction and reflection.
If studying full time, you complete between 5 and 10 days at a Residential School at the end of each semester. Not all subjects include a Residential School component. If you are studying part time, you only need to attend the days of the Residential School allocated to the specific subject.
The following table shows how much time is allocated for the Residential School for relevant subjects:
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The Master of Counselling includes a Work Placement and Capstone Project where you undertake clinical practice in a work setting and complete a real-world counselling project. A counselling placement is essential in assisting the transition from application in a simulated setting to real practice.
The Practicum involves the completion of 12 hours work each week for 12 weeks along with 24 hours to attend individual counselling supervision with the workplace supervisor and group supervision by teleconference with the Lecturer.
The Institute has a network of community organisations and counselling practices to approach to set up the placement for you. The Institute facilitates initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement. The Institute provides guidelines to students on how to approach agencies, assists with initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement to ensure everything is progressing smoothly.
Some subjects within the Master of Counselling include progressive participation in Teleconverences. Teleconferences provide an interactive and stimulating teaching environment based on discussion of concepts and ideas to encourage the transition from teaching to practice. Teleclasses are scheduled during early evenings and are facilitated by the Lecturer.
The Institute website contains a Higher Education Learning Portal where you can access many study support and e-learning functions. You can:
The Institute has developed a range of unique resources to help you expand your knowledge and practical skills throughout your studies.
As a student you receive a complimentary subscription to The Professional Therapist magazine. The Professional Therapist is an industry publication full of practical case studies and counselling scenarios to hone your skills and broaden your knowledge.
Capitalising on the accessibility of the internet, the Institute has developed two websites to complement your studies. The Institute’s Articles site at www.aipc.net.au/articles is an online facility where you can browse numerous articles on a variety of counselling topics. And Counselling Connection, the Institute’s official blog at www.counsellingconnection.com, assists you with accessing the latest information about counselling and what’s happening in the industry.
The Institute's Master of Counselling is the most cost effective way to gain a postgraduate counselling qualification. The Master of Counselling has 14 subjects and the current investment per subject is just $2,500. Plus you do not pay the subject cost for subject in which you receive credit.
The Institute is also approved as a Higher Education Provider for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), so you can choose to pay your subject fees via the FEE-HELP system. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees.
If you choose to pay your subjects fees using FEE-HELP, the Australian Government pays the amount of the tuition (subject) fee to the Institute and you then repay the loan through the Australian taxation system once your annual income is at a minimum amount.
You can find out more about FEE-HELP from the Government "Study Assist" website at http://www.studyassist.gov.au/
You also have the option of paying your subject fees direction to the Institute each semester for the subject in which you are enrolled. Or alternatively, you may choose a combination of funding part of your subject fees through FEE-HELP and paying the remainder yourself. As you can see, the choice is yours.
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You can apply for entry to the Master of Counselling course if you have an undergraduate Bachelor degree in any field.
Further, if you have a Bachelor degree in counselling, you can apply for up to one semester of credit (24 credit points) from your previous studies.
With your application, you will need to include a short Essay describing why you would like to study counselling and attributes you have which may affect your study of counselling, along with details of a professional Referee.
After receipt of your application and if your application meets the minimum educational requirements to gain entry to the course, we will contact your nominated Referee and conduct a reference check.
The Institute only accepts three intakes of students in March, July and November each year into the Master of Counselling. You are able to send in your application for entry up until the date shown on the Application Form. All applications are assessed on a first in, first served basis and student numbers are limited so that we can maintain a low lecturer:student ratio. So it is in your best interests to send in your application as soon as you have made your decision to apply for entry into the Master of Counselling.
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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...
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...
This unit introduces students to counselling as a profession. Students will learn about the development of the counselling profession, its relationship to other professions and its future directions. The unit introduces students to a trans-theoretical counselling framework and includes topics such as characteristics of effective counsellors; the role of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic techniques in facilitating client outcomes; counselling in a culturally diverse society, and ethical issues in counselling practice.
This subject focuses on stages of counselling that are common across therapeutic approaches, including the development of the therapeutic relationship; clarifying concerns; goal-setting; applying techniques and interventions, termination and evaluation. Students reflect upon and analyse the effect of the counsellor’s Self on the counselling process and apply their knowledge of the stages of the counselling process in initial and final counselling session role-plays.
This unit introduces students to the foundational practical skills of counselling. Students will develop an understanding of the key therapeutic conditions required to facilitate change and the role counselling skills play in establishing and maintaining those conditions. Students will learn through direct teaching, demonstration and supervised practice and will demonstrate key skills and integrate these into a counselling session.
This unit introduces students to the ethical principles that inform counselling practice and
ethical issues and dilemmas counsellors face. Students will reflect upon and analyse
their own beliefs, values, attitudes and biases to understand how these may impact on
their counselling practice. They will evaluate counselling scenarios to clarify and develop
solutions to ethical dilemmas common in counselling practice, including those relating to
confidentiality, client rights, dual relationships, and values conflicts.
Integral to this unit, students will develop reflective practice skills to assist in ongoing selfevaluation and personal and professional development. Students will also examine the role of supervision in ensuring ethical professional practice, and will learn skills involved in providing supervision to others.
This unit examines physical, cognitive, emotional, social and moral human development across the lifespan. Students will identify developmental issues that occur as part of normal human development, as well as issues that may occur when development is impaired or delayed. Students will evaluate various theories of development and apply these to case studies.
This unit provides students with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundations, concepts, processes and techniques of cognitive-behavioural counselling approaches. Students will learn to use these approaches in counselling sessions and will evaluate the differences between cognitive-behavioural approaches, including an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and applications of each.
This unit provides students with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical foundations, concepts, processes and techniques of collaborative and competency-based counselling approaches. Students will learn to use these approaches in counselling sessions and will evaluate the differences between approaches, including an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and applications of each.
In this unit, students learn the principles and skills of assessment and case conceptualisation. Students will distinguish issues suitable for counselling intervention from those requiring mental health or other interventions, and will learn to use assessment tools and methods appropriate for counselling settings. In addition students will be introduced to a case-conceptualisation framework and will learn to conceptualise cases and plan treatment from behavioural, cognitive, feminist, emotion-focused, dynamic, family, transtheoretical, and constructivist theoretical perspectives.
In this 12 credit unit, students will learn the role research plays in professional counselling practice and will examine the contributions counsellors can make to the generation of research. Students will review quantitative and qualitative research methods relevant to counselling practice, apply basic statistical procedures and interpret statistical information in counselling research. Particular attention will be paid to qualitative research designs such as narrative analysis and single-case studies, as students may use these when they undertake the capstone project in Semester 4.
This subject offers students the opportunity to gain experience with and exposure to
practical counselling issues in a supervised counselling environment. Students will spend
a total of 168 hours on placement, including 12 hours of agency supervision.
In conjunction with the counselling placement, the Capstone Project component of the subject allows students to synthesise and integrate knowledge and skills gained throughout the course into counselling practice. Students begin their Capstone Project by preparing a plan detailing how they will integrate course outcomes into both their placement activities and their professional lives on completion of their degree. Students then undertake projects which may relate to their placement (e.g., case study or service evaluation) or may address issues that affect the counselling industry in some way (e.g., develop and administer a survey regarding counsellor burnout).
This unit examines the effects of crisis and trauma on individuals and families. The relationship between stress, crisis and trauma is explored, and students learn interventions that address both the immediate and the longer term effects of traumatic events. Approaches suitable for diverse counselling populations are examined and the concept of vicarious traumatisation is addressed.
This unit introduces students to the theory and practice of counselling with families and couples. Students will learn to critically analyse dynamics and issues in family and couple relationships, including those relating to conflict, violence and abuse. Students will be introduced to different therapeutic approaches and will have the opportunity to develop relevant practical skills.
This subject focuses on the theory and practice of counselling with children and adolescents. Students will learn to respond appropriately to this client group as well as identify and address specific issues that may arise including behavioural problems, family conflict, self-harm, identity issues, abuse and violence, and school issues such as bullying. Ethical and legal issues are addressed in this unit, and students will learn appropriate responses to these.
This unit introduces students to theories of substance misuse and addiction, including intervention strategies to address addiction issues. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between social, biological and psychological factors of addiction and will consider contextual and cultural factors in the development and maintenance of addictive patterns of behaviour. Motivational interviewing and primary, secondary and tertiary relapse prevention strategies will be covered.
This unit explores the experience of loss and grief and introduces students to conceptual models of the grieving process as well as counselling approaches to use with clients experiencing loss and grief. Students will learn to assess and respond appropriately to complicated and traumatic grief.
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 counselling.
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.