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Diploma of Counselling

Overview of course - CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.

The latest release of the qualification and packaging rules can be found at the following link:

Students will engage in a supportive group-learning environment.


RTO Provider

The Relational Institute Australia

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Suite 201/308 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest NSW 2065


The fee for this course is $8,750 + $500 material fee paid as 5 instalments 

Delivery mode

 This program is delivered in the classroom and through structured self-study and includes an infusion of experiential Gestalt training along with the counselling units. 


 40 study weeks, blended delivery. 12 Face to Face  weekends and a number of  units self paced online.  

Study Load

The expected study load is:

  • face-to-face learning and assessment as scheduled
  • 7 hours per week of structured self-study
  • 12 hours per week of unsupervised self-study

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Student Handbook

Course Information

Who should apply for this course and why?

This course is targeted at students who are:

• Seeking to pursue a career in counselling.

• Seeking to enter a new industry sector.

• Seeking a pathway to higher-level qualifications.

Completing this course may provide you with employment or ongoing learning opportunities. Potential employment options are in a range of counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice. 

Training and assessment information

This course is delivered face-to-face in a classroom-based setting, as well as through online structured self-study. All face-to-face training and assessment will take place at The Relational Institute Australia’s training facilities and are delivered by practitioners with substantial industry experience. 

You are required to engage with classes as scheduled (12 weekends)   and 7 hours of structured self-study each week for 40 study weeks (4 terms of 10 weeks each).  

There will also be residential weekend training where you will immerse yourself in developing your skills further.  Each residential will be for 3 days and will be in an external venue in a nature setting.

All sessions include a mix of theory and practical activities with an infusion of Gestalt therapy. 

For the self-study, you will be provided with a self-study guide which includes activities which you can complete in a self paced way.

Your classes will be conducted in modern classrooms, and you will be able to access Wi-Fi. You will be provided with a Student Guide relevant to each unit in your course. 


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What are the entry requirements?

The Relational Institute Australia has the following entry requirements:

You must:

• Be at least 21 years of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.

• Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs. As this course exposes students to challenging and emotionally confronting situations, it requires students who have sufficient maturity and work/life experience to provide professional services. This will be assessed and discussed during the course entry interview process.

• Have language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) skill sufficient to complete the course, for example, to read materials relevant to the course, participate in discussions and roleplays and apply numerical concepts such as time management. This will be tested through a LLN assessment as part of the course entry process. Students will need to achieve ACSF level 4 for reading, writing, numeracy, and oral communication to enter the course.

Personal Attributes

Students need to demonstrate the capabilities listed below as a pre-requisite for beginning training as a Gestalt therapist/counsellor.

Application pack

The Advanced Clinical Training In Contemporary Gestalt Therapy is a two-year training program with two (2) training modules delivered per year – four (4) in total. The two year training  totals 400 training hours/ 50 practice hours and 20 supervision( Reflect on Practice)  hours.

Click here for an information and application pack: Post Grad Information & Application Pack 2023 TRIA


If you are interested in learning more, please fill out the form below and we’ll set up a time to chat more about the course.

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Once we recieve your application, we will schedule an interview time with you and one of the TRIA Directors. This will take place via Zoom technology. The interview will be a mutual opportunity to assess the suitability of the TRIA program and to attend to any questions the prospective student may have.

Applicants will be considered in line with the above personal attributes, along with relevant qualifications and experience.  Students accepted into the program or module will be asked to sign a TRIA Student  Agreement and a relevant Financial Agreement. Students not accepted into the program will be notified in writing within 7 days.

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