CHC80208 Vocational Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling
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Course Information

Family breakup is an enormous community issue. Parents and children can suffer a great deal due to the stress caused by misunderstandings, personality differences, pressures of life, communication difficulties and past baggage brought into the relationship. Over 40% of marital relationships end in divorce. Children of broken relationships have a higher incidence of marital breakdown.


relationship-counsellingThis epidemic of family breakdown is not due to improve with the statistics identified above. Over time, children who learn that relationships don't always work give up themselves perhaps before they have a chance to work out problems.


While family breakdown is common, the effects on the players is enormous. The cost to the general community while the dramas unfold are also huge.


Relationship counsellors provide high level services assisting couples to resolve the frustrations and hurt between them so that life becomes a joyful partnership where children can feel loved and secure. They have the special skills of working out the underlying reasons that relationships are in trouble. The relationship counsellor skilfully assists couples to enhance their relationship by helping people learn new skills in communication, strategies for stress relief, dealing with ‘past baggage’ and managing life in general. Relationship counsellors are also able to support children and parents in their parenting or step parenting.




Graduate Outcomes

Upon successful completion of qualification, possible occupational titles may include (but are not necessarily limited to):

  • Child and family counsellor
  • Family counsellor
  • Contact service practice manager
  • Family relationship counsellor
  • Couples counsellor
  • Marriage counsellor
  • Divorce counsellor
  • Separations counsellor


Completion of this course qualifies the graduate to apply for membership to the following organisations/associations (subject to organisation-specific requirements being met by the applicant; refer to individual organisation policy):



Articulation and Study Pathways

As VET qualifications at this level are at the equivalent level of a Graduate Diploma within the university system according to the Australian Qualification Framework, graduates may be eligible to enter into certain post-graduate programs relating to counselling, social work, or psychology at university. Graduates looking into this pathway should discuss this with the university to which they intend to apply to determine their options.



Course Structure

This great course can be studied by mixed mode which is a fast track study option allowing you to be part of a classroom experience while doing a great deal of the work from the comfort of your own home. Excellent facebook communication is available as well as on-line support materials to keep the learning happening in a dynamic way between face to face contact opportunities. Many working people as well as those with other responsibilities find this mode better than long winded programs with daily attendance or distance education which can be hard to complete totally on your own. Get a qualification within 8 months, meet great like minded people and have the flexibility of being able to do some of your learning off-site!

If you are not able to make classroom courses we do have the best distance programs available as we have caring and helpful tutors available to make distance education really work for you.

Stage 1

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 1: Relationship Counselling Part A
CHCFCS801B Apply theory and practice of counselling approaches Core
CHCFCS802B Provide relationship counselling Core

Stage 2

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 2: Domestic Violence Part A
CHCDFV811C Respond to domestic and family violence in family work Core
CHCDFV817B Manage domestic and family violence and abuse screening and risk assessment processes Elective

Stage 3

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 3: Child and Adolescent Counselling Part A
CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach Elective
CHCFCS804B Provide counselling to children and young people Core

Stage 4A; or

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 4A: Culture and Counselling
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers Elective
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Elective

Stage 4B

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 4B: Working Within a Counselling Service
CHCCS601C Work with clients with unique needs Elective
CHCINF604D Manage the organisation's information systems Elective

Stage 5 (PRAC)

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 5: Relationship Counselling Part B (prac)
CHCFCS801B Apply theory and practice of counselling approaches Core
CHCFCS802B Provide relationship counselling Core
Module 6: Domestic Violence Part B (prac)
CHCDFV811C Respond to domestic and family violence in family work Core
CHCDFV817B Manage domestic and family violence and abuse screening and risk assessment processes Elective
Module 7: Child and Adolescent Counselling Part B (prac)
CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach Elective
CHCFCS804B Provide counselling to children and young people Core

Stage 6

Unit Code Unit Title Unit Type
Module 8: Supervision, Mentoring and Professional Practice
CHCFCS806C Work within a clinical supervision framework Core
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCORG529B Provide coaching and motivation Elective


Study Locations

You can study with us in the following locations:

  • Northern Rivers NSW with locatins in the following sites: Ballina, Grafton, Lismore, Coffs Harbour
  • Sunshine Coast QLD with Lifebridge Community Services (Caboolutre, Gympie and Brisbane students welcome)
  • Gold Coast QLD CTA Campus (Brisbane students welcome)
  • Ipswich QLD CTA site (Brisbane and Toowoomba students welcome)
  • Mole Creek Tasmania CTA rural residential campus (Launceston, Devonport, Hobart, and other Tasmanian students as well as students from Wagga Wagga, Mildura, Mt Gambia SA and Melbourne students can stay on campus and be travelled, fed and accommodated as part of our service to regional areas)
  • Malanda QLD CTA campus (Mt Isa, Cape York, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and Innisfail students welcome and can stay on campus and be travelled, fed and accommodated as part of our service to regional areas)
  • Townsville QLD CTA campus
  • Enquire also for Bunbury and Mandurah Western Australia keep posted for 2014!


Enrolment Information

Enrolling: now

Location: Townsville, Malanda, Maroochydore, Mount Isa, Cairns, Ipswich, Brisbane & Gold Coast QLD, Northern Rivers NSW, Hobart TAS, Perth WA, Bunbury WA

Delivery: Mixed mode (block study plus on-line), Distance Education call for options

All delivery options include face to face training.


Course training materials are included in the enrolment fee, and include assessment workbooks and access to our online training portal provided by PBWorks. For students who have no internet access, printed materials will be made available. For students who have internet access but want printed materials, they can be provided separately for a fee to cover production of materials.




Support to pay your fees

Community Training Australia can assist you to access assistance to pay your course fees.

Community Training Australia offers government supported loans through VET FEE-HELP, a system which allows you to fully defer payment of your course fees through a loan with the Federal Government. You can find more information about VET FEE-HELP at the Study Assist website.


VET FEE-HELP is an income contingent loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their VET tuition fees. Students wishing to access VET FEE-HELP assistance are invited to discuss their eligibility with the staff at the Information Office at any CTA campus.




Applicants seeking entry to this qualification must provide evidence of one of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent, OR
  • An accredited qualification in counselling at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, OR
  • Previous experience in a family counselling environment in a job role involving the self directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, the exercise of independent judgement and decision making, and a range of technical and other skills.


Applicants will also be required to be working in the area of counselling currently, or be prepared to undertake a volunteer student placement to complete this program.



How to apply

Community Training Australia accepts enrolments into the Diploma of Counselling year-round. You can apply to enter the course by visiting one of our campuses in person, by calling our friendly Course Advisory staff on 1800 OPTIONS or by completing our easy-to-use online enrolment form.


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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfers

RPL is the process of collecting the evidence that you have the required skills and knowledge already to provide the qualification or statement of attainment for a specific unit of competency.

If you believe that you have enough experience in this field to demonstrate your skills and knowledge or you have gained skills through a formal training pathway, or a mix of these, you should enquire about RPL. Related industry experience could be in a role specific to this qualification and include significant work related to the units listed above. In other situations, you may have already completed training for some of the required units. In this situation you may be eligible for a Credit Transfer.



ABSTUDY Information

This course is considered by Centrelink to qualify as full-time study. This means that all our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to receive ABSTUDY benefits for the duration of their study. These benefits include Government-funded travel to Townsville for study, accommodation and meals while you study in Townsville, and depending on income a fortnightly allowance paid to your bank account. Please click the button below to download appropriate ABSTUDY forms and for more information. You can submit the appropriate ABSTUDY forms with your enrolment application and we will forward them on your behalf, or you can apply to Centrelink directly and notify us your intention to claim ABSTUDY so that we can arrange travel and accommodation for you. 

Please note: ABSTUDY requires a minimum of three (3) weeks in advance in order to process travel and accommodation applications for our students (added to our administrative time to process your enrolment application). If we do not receive your enrolment pack with time to process before this minimum period, there is a good chance that the travel and accommodation for your first block will not be funded initially, and you will have to organise your own travel and accommodation for this first block. However, assuming your application to ABSTUDY is successful after this point, you may claim back a rebate for the money spent on these arrangements so long as you keep your receipts (the form required to claim back money spent on study-related travel and accommodation is also available to download through the button below).



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If you have any more questions regarding this course, the button below will take you to a form that you can fill out with your detailed request. You may leave us a phone number or email address and a member of our staff will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can call our office on 1800 OPTIONS and one of our friendly staff will assist you.



This course complies with the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) as Nationally Recognised Training