Wise way to counsel
A counselling degree can transform your life and the lives of those people you help
THE Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (AIPC) has been a registered training organisation since 1995.
Since 1992 it has helped educate 50,000 people in 27 countries.
So when the chance arose for private providers to offer highereducation qualifications, the college took the next step.
‘‘It was logical for AIPC to progress into higher education so that people seeking a tertiary counselling qualification can benefit from our extensive expertise in counselling education,’’ AIPC chief executive officer Sandra Poletto says.
The Bachelor of Counselling started this year and provides a valuable addition to AIPC’s flexible range of study options.
‘‘We have always focused on the external delivery of counselling courses that provides flexibility to our students because they often have family and work commitments which they need to fit their studies around,’’ Poletto says.
‘‘We pride ourselves on being a specialist provider of quality counselling education.’’
The counselling degree is approved by the Department of Education and Training, as well as the Australian Counselling Association.
Blending theory and practical application, the course is offered externally, but some subjects include compulsory residential schools.
These schools give students the chance to network with other students and undertake case-work sessions with a lecturer for guidance.
Students study the counselling process, reflective practice and counselling in areas such as relationships, family, grief, domestic violence and abuse.
Two practicum subjects, giving supervised practical application of a previously studied theory, see students undertake clinical practice in an appropriate work setting.
As well as the easy-to-understand study material provided, AIPC stu- dents receive personal support from highly qualified staff throughout their course.
Unlimited use of a toll-free assistance line is included.
There is also the virtual campus website, which offers student assistance, access to the online library and assessment submission. The degree is made up of 22 subjects but, because students are welcome to begin with a single subject, they can kick start their new qualification at a cost of only $1100.
the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors focuses on student flexibility.