Counselling Techniques Online Course

Counselling Techniques Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This proven course will enhance your skills and techniques as a counsellor by providing you with the knowledge, theory and understanding of what makes an effective counsellor.  Learn to improve the outcomes for your clients and those you support.

The course provides an in depth study of different approaches and therapies from psychoanalytic psychotherapy to solution focused counselling as well providing opportunites for practical application.  This course is suitable for those already working in the counselling industry who are looking to provide a greater depth of practice as well as those just starting out.

Course Aim:

Explain the key principles and applications of different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, including the theories of Freud, Erikson, Adler, Ellis, Rogers, Beck, and others.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy l - Freud, Erikson, Jung

  • Value and relevance of psychotherapy
  • Emergence of psychoanalytical theory
  • Principles of psychoanalytical theory
  • Elements of the personality
  • The notion of conscious and unconscious
  • Anxiety and psychoanalysis
  • Inbuilt psychological coping and damage repair mechanisms
  • Defence mechanisms
  • Freud’s psycho-sexual theory and Erikson’s psychosocial theory
  • Jung’s perspective on personality
  • Archetypes
  • Recent developments in psychoanalytical theory
  • Goals of psychoanalytical approach
  • Psychoanalytic techniques
  • Analytic framework
  • Free associations
  • Interpretation
  • Dream analysis
  • Resistance
  • Transference
  • Psychoanalytic approach and counselling
  • Personality disorders
  • Critique for psychoanalytic theory

Psychoanalytical psychotherapy ll - Adler

  • Alfred Adler
  • Adler’s key concepts
  • Inferiority vs superiority
  • What makes people self interested
  • Social interest and community feeling
  • Individual psychology
  • Psychological types: ruling type, leaning type, avoiding type
  • Sibling relationships
  • Only child
  • First child, second child, youngest child
  • Use of Adlerian theory
  • Applications to counselling
  • Freud and Adler
  • Critique

Humanistic/Existential approaches I - Gestalt Therapy; Fritz Perls

  • Human nature
  • Holistic approach
  • Field theory
  • Figure-formation process
  • Organismic self-regulation
  • Focus on the present
  • Resolving dilemmas
  • Personal maturity
  • The effect of contact
  • Effect of energy
  • The experiment
  • Confrontation
  • Gestalt techniques: Internal dialogue, reversal, rehearsal, exaggeration, dream work, etc.
  • Critique

Humanistic/Existential approaches II - Person-Centered Counselling; Carl Rogers

  • Humanistic therapy
  • Principles of person centred approach
  • Personal attitude of the counsellor
  • Goals of therapy
  • Assessment techniques
  • Areas of application
  • Critique

Rational behavioural therapy - Albert Ellis

  • Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT
  • Ellis’s view of human nature
  • Personality theory
  • Goals and techniques of therapy
  • Therapeutic techniques
  • Cognitive techniques
  • Emotive techniques
  • Use of REBT
  • Critique

Cognitive behavioural therapy - Aaron Beck

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and REBT
  • Premises of CBT
  • Cognitive distortions
  • Use of cognitive therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Modifications to CBT
  • Stress innoculation training program (SIT)
  • Stages of SIT
  • Constructivist modification

Behavioural therapy

  • Contemporary behavioural therapy
  • Behavioural approach
  • Goals and techniques
  • Goals of therapy
  • Use of behaviour therapy
  • Basic ID
  • Critique

Solution-focused counselling

  • Introduction
  • Strategies in solution focussed counselling
  • Engaging the client
  • Constructing pathways for change
  • Generating creative solutions
  • Critique

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.