The Diploma in Psychology and Counselling develops your knowledge and ability to effectively practise in either discipline.
This Diploma program is part of the pathway to achieving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specialising in Psychology and Counselling.
A total of 120 ECTS credits must be completed.
This can be achieved by completing the Certificate in Psychology and Counselling (60 ECTS) and doing the following 6 modules:
Compulsory Modules (10 ECTS credits each)
- BPS205 Social Psychology
- BPS109 Counselling Skills II
- BPS201 Conflict Management
- BPS306 Neuropsychology
- Research Project II
Elective Modules (10 ECTS credits each)
Select one module from the list below:
- BPS218 Counselling Children
- BPS204 Biopsychology II
Brief Module Descriptions
BPS205 Social Psychology
Humans are social animals, and as such, it is very important to understand the psychology of how we interact with each other, or act as a group rather than as an individual. By understanding the ‘natural’ social needs of a person, you can develop an increased sensitivity to other people, and better identify and assist people with attending to deficiencies in their social interactions.
BPS109 Counselling Skills II
Discover how to use counselling micro-skills including methods of telephone counselling and techniques for dealing with specific crisis situations – to improve your counselling. This course is ideal for those who have already gained the basic counselling skills in Counselling Skills I, and want to further develop their ability to counsel others. Pre-requisites: Introduction to Psychology (or equivalent).
BPS201 Conflict Management
Conflict is a normal part of life. How we manage conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments. Explore the causes and effects of conflict. Learn how to manage it through effective communication, active listening, and problem solving. Develop your ability to use facilitation, negotiation or mediation in group situations to acheive win-win solutions.
Research Project II
Learn to plan and conduct research into the current status of an aspect of an industry relating to their area of study, and to complete a descriptive report based on that research.
BPS218 Counselling Children
A number of factors can disrupt the mental health of children, such as: divorce or separation, bullying, grief, or even moving house. Child Counsellors provide children with the opportunity to share their troubles away from their normal home and school environments. Dependent on age, there are a number of methods by which a child can be encouraged to communicate their feelings to a child counselling professional.
BPS204 Biopsychology II
This module proceeds from Biopsychology I, with further exploration of research into brain processes such as memory, and the effects of brain damage and other factors on those processes. Those working or studying in the areas of counselling, psychology or health will benefit from the deeper understanding of the relationship between our physiological condition and our mental condition and our behaviour.
How Will I Learn?
The program is conducted entirely online. You can begin ANYTIME. Upon enrolment, you will receive an email with an access code for our online learning system within 48 hours. You may be required to do an orientation course in academic writing (non-examinable) beforehand.
Modules are split into readings, set task activities, and assignments. At the end of each module, you will be required to sit for an examination and/or submit a project.
What Support Will I Get?
You will get unlimited email support throughout the program, on every module/course. Feedback is provided for every assignment that is sent in. In some instances, telephone support can also be arranged.
When you achieve this qualification, you can begin on your Advance Diploma.