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Copyright: 2012 Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors


Welcome to Edition 106 of Institute Inbrief. In the early 1950s, Ellis experimented with other treatment frameworks, from humanism to behaviour therapy. From such experimentation, Ellis founded what is now referred to as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (or REBT).


In this edition's featured article, we discuss Ellis' A-B-C sequence and the role of counsellors in disputing clients' irrational beliefs.


Also in this edition:


  • News - Funded Diploma of Counselling Training Courses Available in NSW
  • Counselling Dilemma: Relationship Counselling
  • Review - Understanding Influence
  • Counselling Connection updates
  • Upcoming Seminar dates
  • Loads of resources, events and opportunities

Enjoy your reading!




The Diploma of Professional Counselling is an Industry Recognised Qualification, Allowing You to Practice as a Qualified Counsellor.


The nationally accredited Diploma of Professional Counselling is recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Australia's largest Member Association for Counsellors.


As part of its charter, ACA recognises courses that meet its training standards. These standards cover a broad range of areas, encompassing 11 core educational competencies, as well as ensuring AIPC as a training body maintains an exceptionally high professional standard.


When you graduate, you are automatically eligible to become a Qualified Member of the Australian Counselling Association. You will be able to get professional indemnity insurance (preferred rates), and your qualification and Membership will be accepted and regarded in the industry.


And while you're studying with the Institute...


Simply put, AIPC sets the benchmark in education support. Even if you decide to study entirely at home or online, you'll never be alone in your studies. We have specialised in external education for over 19 years and have the most highly qualified, professional support team in the industry. Help is only ever a phone call or email away. Our enormous pool of educational resources means you have access to:


  • An Education team of over 65 degree qualified counselling professionals, all with extensive industry experience and teaching and assessing qualifications.

  • You'll have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the online Knowledge Base that contains over 4,000 specific questions and answers relating to your course.

  • You'll have unlimited FREE access 9am to 5pm (EST) to the 1300 Study Assistance Line where you can discuss any study questions you may have with qualified team members.

  • You'll have unlimited email support. Send a question any time and have your enquiry replied to within 12 hours.

  • And you'll have the support of your local Student Support Centre who will link you into a local student support network (if you wish to stay in touch with other students); help you prepare for your practical assessments; co-ordinate your In-Class or tutorial activities; and set you up in a number of volunteer opportunities if you wish to practice your skills in the field. 

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Funded Diploma of Counselling Training Courses Available in NSW


Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) has funded training places available under the Productivity Places Program with the training funded by the NSW Government in partnership with the Australian Government. 


The places are available in the Diploma of Counselling course and are open to residents of New South Wales who are currently employed. This qualification skills learners to work in a Counselling role providing support to clients facing a range of difficult situations in their lives.


With your recognised counselling qualification you'll be ready to take on exciting new job opportunities (increased government funding is creating many new opportunities) or enhance your current role to take advantage of future promotions.


Or maybe you'd like to set up your own private counselling practice and experience the many personal and financial rewards that working for yourself provides.


An Australian Bureau of Statistics 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%.


Benefits of studying a Diploma of Counselling with AIPC are:


  1. Most of your courses fees are funded by the Productivity Places Program.  You have minimal out-of-pocket expenses!

  1. Learn externally from home with high quality workbooks and course materials.

  1. Extensive support during your course from experienced, qualified educators.

  1. Progressive practical sessions to assist with transitioning your skills into the workplace.

The Diploma of Counselling course is delivered through a blended, flexible delivery format. This method is appealing to learners whom have family and/or job search commitments.


Proactive and suitable training support and follow up is provided to all students through the AIPC Study Assistance Line and regular contact from Institute staff.


We invite you to contact AIPC's Sydney Student Support Centre on 1800 677 697 or Port Macquarie Student Support Centre on 1800 625 329 if you would like further information about these funded training places.


Article: Understanding Influence

Published: Edition 48


Influence is a governing concept in any decision-making process, relationship and ultimately, behavioural response. It is also the raw material for the production of concepts such as power, persuasion, attraction, and many others which are highly relevant in our daily lives. 


In this article, however, we will focus particularly on the appropriate, positive application of influence in the counselling relationship.


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"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe."


~ Gail Devers

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 - 05/12/09

Communication Skills II - 14/11/09

The Counselling Process - 24/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 12 & 13/12/09

Case Management - 17 & 18/10/09

Counselling Applications - 28/11/09



Communication Skills I - 17/10/09

Communication Skills II - 14/11/09

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 - 15/11/09

Communication Skills II - 06/12/09

The Counselling Process - 18/10/09

Counselling Therapies I - 12 & 13/12/09

Counselling Therapies II - 10 & 11/10/09

Case Management - 21 & 22/11/09

Counselling Applications - 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 26/10, 23/11, 10/12

Communication Skills II - 27/10, 24/11, 11/12

The Counselling Process - 16/10, 14/11, 05/12

Counselling Therapies I - 29 & 30/10

Counselling Therapies II - 16 & 17/11

Case Management - 26 & 27/11

Counselling Applications - 30/10, 12/12



Communication Skills I - 29/10

Communication Skills II - 30/10, 22/11

The Counselling Process - 22/10, 25/10, 04/12

Counselling Therapies I - 07 & 08/11

Counselling Therapies II - 17 & 18/10, 19 & 20/11

Case Management - 29 & 30/11

Counselling Applications - 23/10, 24/10, 03/12



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

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

The Counselling Process - 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies I - 07 & 08/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 21 & 22/11/09

Case Management - 24 & 25/10/09

Counselling Applications - 29/11/09



Communication Skills I - 07/11/09

Communication Skills II - 08/11/09

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

Case Management - 11 & 12/10/09

Counselling Applications - 28/11/09



Communication Skills II - 31/10/09

The Counselling Process - 28/11/09

Counselling Therapies II - 24 & 25/10/09

Case Management - 14 & 15/11/09

Counselling Applications - 12/12/09



Communication Skills I - 21/11/09

The Counselling Process - 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 dates above does not guarantee availability of places in the seminar. Please check availability with the respective Student Support Centre.


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