, National Australia (PressExposure) March 09, 2007 -- During their lifetime, most people require support in times of grief, stress or conflict. Counselling provides essential emotional and physical support during these situations and there is now a nation-wide demand for effective counselling professionals.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force Survey (February, 2006) over the last few years the counselling profession has grown at a rate of 23.1%, outgrowing âAll other Occupations by more than 200%â.
The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors recognises the importance of the roles and functions of counsellors in todayâs society. As Australiaâs largest provider of counsellor education, the Institute makes it practical for people interested in becoming qualified counsellors to complete a Diploma of Professional Counselling.
âPeople are required to deal with people in all facets of their lives. Counselling and communications skills assist them do this in a much more functional manner. Subsequently, counselling skills assist people lead a more effective and enjoyable life. A person with counselling skills is able to help others overcome challenges, they understand themselves better, and they're able to perform at a higher level at work and home.â (Simon Clarke â AIPCâs Director)
The Instituteâs Diploma of Professional Counselling is a nationally recognised training course and can be completed via home study, classes, online or any combination. The Diploma is Austudy-approved and self-paced so students have the flexibility to fit their study around work and their busy lives.
âWe had noticed that there were many people interested in studying counselling who were either unable or unwilling to complete a university degree, therefore, a flexible vocational alternative was essentialâ
âBecause the course is self-paced, students can complete their course work around their hectic schedules. Some students even fast track their studies and graduate early from their course.â (Rathini Sonnadara â AIPC WA Manager)
Counsellor Gayle Higgins agrees, âSince I had children at home, the way the Diploma was structured suited me perfectly as I could study at home. Now after graduating, I know that I can help people live a happier and healthier lifestyle.â
The Diploma of Professional Counselling includes a variety of units that cover topics such as communication, counselling micro-skills, human behaviour, contemporary counselling theories and techniques, and contemporary counselling applications. Students graduate with a well-rounded set of counselling skills and knowledge that they can easily apply to their future employment.
The Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors offers students an exceptionally high level of service and study support including specialised study materials, instructional CDs, study support via a toll-free Study Assistance Line, online Knowledge Base, optional tutorials, and weekend seminars. Students who prefer to receive face to face assistance are able to attend regular classes or small group or one-on-one tutorials at the Perth Student Support Centre. All Institute staff responsible for development of the course or who assist students with study support are tertiary qualified in counselling, psychology, behavioural science or other relevant field of study. So students are assured of expert study support and assistance.
Students are also able to enhance their qualifications by completing optional Advanced Study Majors in specialty areas such as Grief and Loss or Relationship Counselling.
Further Information about the Instituteâs Diploma of Professional Counselling can be obtained by acessing http://www.aipc.net.au/lz.