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Copyright: 2012 Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors


Welcome to Edition 100 of Institute Inbrief. This celebratory edition focuses on a therapeutic approach based on Person-Centred counselling. In our featured article, we introduce the concepts and premises of Motivational Enhancement Therapy. The second article explores the practical applications of this approach with clients suffering from eating disorders.


Also in this edition:


  • Counselling and Community Services Statistics
  • 100th Edition Specials
  • Using a Person-Centred and Cognitive-Behavioural Approach to Burnout
  • Review - Introduction to Eating Disorders
  • Counselling Connection updates
  • Upcoming seminar dates
  • Loads of resources and opportunities

Enjoy your reading!




Fit learning into your lifestyle


AIPC's accredited and nationally recognised Diploma of Professional Counselling is designed so that you determine the manner and pace you study. You study entirely at your own pace (except of course if you're receiving a government benefit such as Austudy) and you can start at any time, graduating in only 18-months (even less if you fast track).


Not only can you set the pace you study, you also determine the mode you want to study. You can study Externally (at home with phone and email access to our counselling tutors), In-Class, Online or Any Combination... all the time fully supported by our huge national team throughout our 8 Student Support Centres.


  • External learning means you can complete your entire course from the comfort of your home (or office, or overseas, or virtually anywhere!).

  • In-Class learning is a classroom forum where you learn with other students from a qualified lecturer. Classes are available in most main cities, at flexible times. In-Class is a great way for you to accelerate your learning, interact with other students and stay highly motivated.

  • Online learning allows you to complete your learning entirely via your PC. You still receive all the high quality hardcopy resources (so you don't miss out on anything!), but you'll access all your learning materials and complete assessments online.

  • Any Combination. Of course you do not have to stick with one learning method throughout your studies. You are welcome to use whichever method suits your needs and desires at the time. Whatever is most convenient!

For further information about the Diploma and Study Modes, please click here or contact your closest Student Support Centre.


Now is the ideal time to become a Counsellor!


There has never been a better time for you to gain a Counselling Qualification because the demand for Counsellors has never been higher.


An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Labour Force Survey in February 2006 highlighted that over the last few years the counselling profession has grown at a rate of 23.1%, outgrowing all other Occupations by more than 200%.



The Community Services and health industries underpin the national economy and workforce. It is the 4th largest employer group, the 2nd fastest growing industry over the last 5 years and has the fastest industry growth rate predicted in next 5 years (DEWR 2005).


Take a look at these staggering statistics...


The demand for Counsellors has never been higher. Look at these highlights from the Australia Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Survey:


  1. The Counselling profession had grown at a rate of 23.1% in the 2 preceding years.

  1. The Counselling profession outgrew all other Occupations by more than 200%.

  1. The Community Services and Health Sector employ almost 1.1 million workers or 10.4% of the workforce; and in 2007 replaced manufacturing as the fourth largest Australian employer.

  1. The Community Services and Health Sector has been the 2nd Fastest Growing Industry since 2001.

  1. For the last two years the Community Services and Health industries have been identified as requiring the fastest rate of workforce growth in the following five years.

  1. This industry sector has the fastest growth rate predicted for the next 5 years.

  1. 24% of all new workforce growth will be from community services and health to 2012, growing at a rate of 3% per year or 170,000 jobs.

The changing world in which we live today has driven this demand. Qualified Counsellors are needed in our communities more desperately than ever before.


This is your time to make a difference in this high demand profession.


More information? Visit our course information page at or refer to the links below for specific information about each qualification:



Article: Introduction to Eating Disorders

Published: Edition 78


Eating disorders are complex, multifaceted physical and mental health problems. Their development usually involves a number of different contributing and perpetuating factors. The exact processes are unclear and it is uncertain how they interact to develop or maintain an eating disorder (Fairburn & Harrison, 2003). 


Contributing factors could include one or a combination of physical, emotional or sexual trauma; cultural emphasis on body image ideals; peer influences; loss and grief; brain chemistry; physiological effects of dieting, starvation or purging behaviours; relationship issues; stress; and maladaptive coping skills. The complexity of eating disorders means there are no simple solutions.



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Many students of the Diploma of Professional Counselling attend seminars to complete the practical requirements of their course. Seminars provide an ideal opportunity to network with other students and liaise with qualified counselling professionals in conjunction with completing compulsory coursework.


Below are some of the seminars available in 2009. To register for a seminar, please contact your Student Support Centre.



Communication Skills I - 08/08/09, 05/12/09

Communication Skills II - 19/09/09, 14/11/09

The Counselling Process - 22/08/09, 24/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 18 & 19/07/09, 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 15 & 16/08/09, 12 & 13/12/09

Case Management - 17 & 18/10/09

Counselling Applications - 25/07/09, 28/11/09



Communication Skills I - 17/10/09

Communication Skills II - 22/08/09, 14/11/09

The Counselling Process - 26/09/09

Counselling Therapies I - 10 & 11/10/09

Counselling Therapies II - 21 & 22/11/09

Case Management - 05 & 06/12/09

Counselling Applications - 07/11/09



Communication Skills I - 16/08/09, 15/11/09

Communication Skills II - 20/09/09, 06/12/09

The Counselling Process - 19/07/09, 18/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 01 & 02/08/09, 12 & 13/12/09

Counselling Therapies II - 10 & 11/10/09

Case Management - 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Applications - 09/08/09, 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 25/07/09, 10/09/09, 10/09/09, 28/09/09

Communication Skills II - 27/07/09, 11/09/09, 29/09/09, 27/10/09

The Counselling Process - 28/07/09, 22/08/09, 26/09/09, 16/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 10 & 11/08/09, 29 & 30/10/09

Counselling Therapies II - 28 & 29/08/09, 16 & 17/11/09

Case Management - 24 & 25/09/09, 26 & 27/11/09

Counselling Applications - 18/07/09, 30/10/09, 12/12/09



Communication Skills I - 23/07/09, 15/08/09, 03/09/09, 03/10/09

Communication Skills II - 28/06/09, 24/07/09, 16/08/09, 04/09/09

The Counselling Process - 16/07/09, 25/07/09, 07/08/09, 22/08/09

Counselling Therapies I - 13 & 14/08/09, 05 & 06/09/09

Counselling Therapies II - 09 & 10/07/09, 01 & 02/08/09, 24 & 25/09/09

Case Management - 09 & 10/08/09, 20 & 21/09/09

Counselling Applications - 17/07/09, 26/07/09, 12/09/09, 18/09/09



Communication Skills I - 01/08/09, 17/10/09, 05/12/09

Communication Skills II - 02/08/09, 18/10/09, 06/12/09

The Counselling Process - 25/07/09, 12/09/09, 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies I - 15 & 16/08/09, 07 & 08/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 19 & 20/09/09

Case Management - 24 & 25/10/09

Counselling Applications - 05/09/09, 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 18/07/09, 05/09/09, 07/11/09

Communication Skills II - 19/07/09, 06/09/09, 08/11/09

The Counselling Process - 01/08/09, 17/10/09, 05/12/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/09/09

Counselling Therapies II - 15 & 16/08/09

Case Management - 11 & 12/10/09

Counselling Applications - 02/08/09, 28/11/09



Communication Skills I - 26/09/09

Communication Skills II - 31/10/09

The Counselling Process - 22/08/09, 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/09/09

Counselling Therapies II - 24 & 25/10/09

Case Management - 08 & 09/08/09, 14 & 15/11/09

Counselling Applications - 12/02/09



Communication Skills I - 29/08/09, 21/11/09

Communication Skills II - 19/09/09

The Counselling Process - 25/07/09, 24/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 31/10 & 01/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 28 & 29/11/09

Counselling Applications - 26/10/09


*Advertising of the seminar dates above does not guarantee availability of places in the seminar. Please check availability with the respective Student Support Centre.

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