Diploma of Counselling

Bower College offers the Diploma of Counselling which provides students with a Nationally Recognised Qualification. All course material and theory is delivered online allowing students to control the pace and structure of their learning, while choosing when and where they study. The practical component of the course is run either once a week, or in a block, depending on the student’s requirements.

This course is innovative and unique in that it provides students with practical client experience in specialised clinical practice within the Bower Place Complex needs Clinic (CNC). This practical unit is ongoing throughout the course and allows students to apply the theory of counselling learned in the online component to real life counselling sessions. All sessions are closely supervised by professional practitioners.

To receive your qualification in Counselling, you must successfully complete 17 units of competency. The topics offered include: Facilitating the Counselling Relationship, Supporting Clients in the Decision Making Process and Responding to Clients at Risk. Students must also complete 90 hours of practical time in the CNC working alongside our practitioners.

There are two ways students can choose to complete the course:

Option 1: 12 months completing the online work while attending the CNC each Tuesday evening from 5 – 7:30pm

Option 2: 12 months completing online work and then complete block placements at Bower Place to complete required practical hours. Block Placements consist of 3 x one week long placements in the Tafe and School Holiday periods.

The block placement option is only available to those students who do not live in Adelaide.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates seeking entry to this course must provide evidence of one of the following:

  • Currently working or volunteering in the field/industry
  • Relevant vocational experience in counselling
  • Applicants are required to have completed a Diploma or equivalent as defined by the Australian Qualification Framework.

When does the course begin?

The Course begins February.

Applications will be accepted now!

An interview with the course teacher will be required before your application is accepted.

What can I expect from the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic?

The CNC is a teaching clinic where clients come in to see our practitioners at a low fee and allow students to observe and participate in their session. As a student, you will either be observing from a separate room completing tasks given by our lecturers, or participating in the room with the practitioner working with the client. You would be required to take notes, work towards the clients goals, and complete case notes. This is a very unique way to learn as you are then given the opportunity to review your session and receive feedback from your peers and our practitioners.

What is the cost of the course?


* Please note that it is a requirement that we receive a $500.00 non-refundable deposit before the commencement of the course. Please note that a 10% late fee will apply if fees are not paid in full within 14 days of completion of the course. Certificates of completion will not be issued until all assignments and fees are up to date.

For enquiries, please email info@bowerplace.com.au before lodging your application

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