Wise way to coun­sel

A coun­selling de­gree can trans­form your life and the lives of those peo­ple you help

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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.

Style coun­sel:

the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Coun­sel­lors fo­cuses on stu­dent flex­i­bil­ity.

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