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Copyright: 2012 Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors


AIPC is currently accepting Expressions of Interest from counsellors for the role of Education Advisor.


The position is 3 days a week (9am to 5pm) and provides education assistance by marking student written assessments; and supporting students calling the Study Assistance Line or emailing with study queries.


Due to the part time nature of the position, it is ideal for practicing counsellors with the following counselling and training qualifications and experience:


  • Diploma-level qualification in Counselling or equivalent with two years counselling experience, and
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (or willingness to obtain).

To express interest in the position, please forward a short cover letter describing your counselling experience and your CV to Dr Clive Jones, Education Manager, Locked Bag 15, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 or email


Applications will be shortlisted on a first-in basis.

Why Counselling and Why Now?


The need for counsellors in Australia has never been greater. Increasing societal pressures and eroding values have created a massive need in our communities for qualified counsellors.


This need is evidenced by a recent Australian Labour Force Survey indicating the Counselling profession has outgrown All Other Occupations by more than 200%.


And the industry employing counsellors, the Community Services and Health Sector, is predicted to be the fastest growth industry over the next 5 years.


As you can see, the demand for counsellors is high, and growing. And it's this demand that's creating significant opportunities in this rewarding field.


As a qualified counsellor, there are numerous opportunities for you in the Community Services and Health fields, whether it be as an employee or in private practice. You can make a real difference in many areas including grief and loss; relationships; with families, children or adolescents; stress; or trauma recovery. The demand for your help is very real.


We've helped people from all backgrounds become counsellors.


Whether you're currently working, may not have studied in a while, or have other commitments in your life, the external delivery method of our course ensures you have the best opportunity to study counselling.


Many of our students are changing their career to become a counsellor. Some, such as teachers, nurses or ministers of religion, are seeking to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct to their core profession. Even those students who may not have studied for many years find our course materials easy to follow as they have been designed specially for external delivery.


Our students and graduates all share the same strong desire to assist others. Maybe you are someone that people turn to for help in times of need; someone that displays a natural empathy to others. Maybe you've been through personal challenges that have inspired you to assist others facing similar circumstances.


Whatever your background, you too can become a qualified counsellor with the Institute, help other people, and start an exciting and highly rewarding career!


Want to find out more? If you would like to know more about the Institute or the Diploma of Professional Counselling, visit


The Bachelor 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. 


Learning Structure


First year subjects focus on building a strong foundational knowledge and skill base including an overview of the counselling industry, the role of the counselling professional, philosophical tenets, counselling micro skills and counselling perspectives. You are encouraged to adopt an integrative approach to practice and develop your own counselling framework and helping philosophy.


Second Year subjects focus on broader, contextual issues such as culture, social issues and theoretical frameworks that impact the client, the counsellor and the helping relationship. Ethical and legal issues are examined as they relate to the counselling relationship, and you start exploring the concept of your 'self' and reflective practice.


The Third Year integrates specialist knowledge and skill with focused application in areas such as Grief Counselling, Group Work, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Working with Children, and Mental Health Issues. You will consolidate and extend your emerging practice framework and exhibit a high degree of self-awareness and professional reflection skills.


Upon Completion


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 models according to the needs of your client. You will also have the ability to analyse counselling issues with consideration to broader social and cultural perspectives and will be equipped to make a natural transition into the role of Counsellor.


More information about Australia's most cost effective and flexible Bachelor of Counselling? Then visit


PS: The Institute is approved to provide higher education courses.  The Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by the Minister for Education and Training, the accrediting authority under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2003.

Learn To Cope With Life's Challenges!


Life can be challenging at times. How you deal with these challenges has an enormous impact on your happiness and wellbeing.


Relationship, family, emotional and financial circumstances all influence your level of stress and your ability to cope with situations in your life. Thus, your wellbeing and ability to enjoy life can be dramatically affected.


Simple Skills, Massive Consequences.


What you may not realise is that by utilising a few simple, yet powerful, skills and techniques you can turn challenging situations into opportunities to gain control of your life. You'd be amazed how easily these skills can be learnt and how effective they are when implemented!


Developed by a team of qualified psychologists, counsellors and educators, the Life Effectiveness Guides are presented in an easy-to-understand format with diagrams, case scenarios and personal exercises to assist the reader understand their feelings and develop strategies to cope with the situation.


Get Your Copy.


You can take a sneaky peak at one of our most popular eGuides from this link: Stress In Everyday Life, Life Effectiveness Guide.


There are currently 14 Life Effectiveness Guides in a variety of areas such as Relationships, Complex Life Situations, Parenting and Children and Complex Life Situations.


To find out how YOU can learn life coping skills to live a more effective life, simply visit and purchase your copy TODAY!

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 seminars available between April and June 2008.


To register for a seminar, please contact your Student Support Centre.



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 14/06/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 10/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 12/04/2008, 21/06/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 19 & 20/04/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 31/06 & 01/07/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 12/06/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 16/06/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 19 & 20/04/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 17 & 18/05/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 14 & 15/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 28/06/2008



The Counselling Process - 24/05/2008



Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 10/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 14/06/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 12 & 13/04/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 24 & 25/05/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 19/04/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 18/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 22/06/2008

The Counselling Process - 20/04/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 14 & 15/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 13/04/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 02/05/2008, 24/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 10/04/2008, 03/05/2008, 26/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 11/04/2008, 16/05/2008, 14/06/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 28 & 29/04/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 30 & 31/05/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 18 & 19/04/2008, 26 & 27/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 01/05/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 26/04/2008, 24/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 27/04/2008, 25/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 19/04/2008, 03/05/2008, 08/06/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 05 & 06/05/2008, 10 & 11/06/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 12 & 13/04/2008, 17 & 18/05/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 31/05 & 01/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 04/05/2008, 07/06/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 02/05/2008, 24/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 10/04/2008, 03/05/2008, 26/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 11/04/2008, 16/05/2008, 14/06/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 28 & 29/04/2008

Counselling Therapies/SEMINAR D - 30 & 31/05/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 18 & 19/04/2008, 26 & 27/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 01/05/2008, 22/06/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 31/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 01/06/2008

The Counselling Process - 10/05/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 17 & 18/05/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 14 & 15/06/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 21 & 22/06/2008



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 10/05/2008

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 11/05/2008

The Counselling Process - 24/05/2008

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 07 & 08/06/2008

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 21 & 22/06/2008

Case Management/Seminar E - 12 & 13/04/2008, 28 & 29/06/2008

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 04/05/2008


*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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