Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling (5245WA)
Availability: On campus in Melbourne and Sydney
Duration: One year intensive or over two years or Mid Year 18 months.
The Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling can be undertaken as a one-year or two-year course. It is taught over eleven modules, with the twelfth module being a supervised placement.
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The Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling is a nationally recognised course by ASQA and is designed to equip you with the skills required to work as counsellor in the community services sector or private practice.
The course provides the skills and knowledge essential for counselling practice including: working with clients, working with groups, life transformation, grief, loss, risk management, children and life transitions and case management.
This course is particularly relevant for those who wish to gain employment in organisations such as art therapy/counselling services, government agencies, alcohol and drug centres, rehabilitation, community health centres, outreach services, residential services, elderly, disability, refugee support services, youth centres and women's health centres, men's health services, schools, corrections and private practice.
The course is a creative and enriching experience. One does not need to be an artist or have artistic talent to complete this course. Counselling is a client-centred process and each module deepens the theory and practice of working creatively with the client .
The first part of the course is orientated towards applying self-awareness techniques and methods to gain insight into one's personal mythology and creative unconscious. Transpersonal work is about seeing behind the mask and attempting to experience greater authenticity and creativity in one's life.
Because most of our students are mature age, we assume they do have significant life experience and wisdom. This experience is then informed by transpersonal theory, so the counsellor develops their own unique style and emphasis when practicing.
The first part of the journey also combines mainstream art therapy theory with traditional healing models and techniques that demonstrate how different cultural beliefs use art in their healing practices and rituals.
The second part of the course directs students towards the application of art therapy techniques when working with clients or groups. Students also learn about mainstream mental health models because this is how most people benchmark their mental health. But one of the significant diversions from mainstream approaches is the transpersonal discovery of spiritual crisis and emergence - "break through" not "breakdown" and the relationship between mental health and spiritual experience.
Further, students learn client-centred therapeutic techniques, case management, ethics, use of appropriate materials, working with different populations, legal obligations and setting up an art therapy practice.
Students also complete 50 hours of supervised placement and ongoing supervision in the class.
It is a very creative journey facilitated by well trained staff in a supportive group and safe environment.
Students also complete 100 hours of supervised placement and ongoing supervision in the class.
The Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling (52453WA) requires the successful completion of 6 competencies.
For effective training and assessment of the Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling the 6 competencies are delivered through 12 modules outlined in the table below.
Qualification of Study
Phoenix Institute of Australia
Unit of competency
Module 1: Foundations of Visionary Practice 601A
Module 2: Essential professional practice skills in transpersonal counselling 606A
Module 3: Consciousness & Technologies of Consciousness 602A
Module 4: Ritual, myth and healing in visionary practice 603A
Module 5: Human potentials in visionary practice 603A
Module 6: Foundations of mental health and mental disorder 604A
Module 7: Transpersonal approaches to mental health and disorder 604A
Module 8: Transpersonal counselling skills I: Micro skills 605A
Module 9: Transpersonal counselling skills II: Transpersonal analysis 605A
Module 10: Consciousness & Technologies of Consciousness 2 602A
Module 11: Contemporary ethico-legal and best practice issues in transpersonal counselling 606A
Module 12: Placement and clinical case analysis and management
100 hrs supervised placement 606A
Unit CodeUnit Name
Use applied transpersonal psychology in visionary practice
Using technologies of consciousness in helping clients with life problems
Use human potentials techniques to help clients with life problems
Use transpersonal counseling, visionary practice techniques in mental health practice
Counsel clients utilizing transpersonal counseling techniques
Perform counselling within the contexts of regulated ethical and best practice standards
Advanced Diploma Delivery Format
The format for the one-year Advanced Diploma is six days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday one week, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday the next week). There is a week break between each fortnightly module with a break in August.
The format for the two-year Advanced Diploma is four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) and four weekly evening tutorials 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with six modules in the first year and five modules in the second year. The Advanced Diploma has 396 hours face-to-face teaching over 11 Modules plus 100 hours in supervised placements.
Module 1: Foundations of Visionary Practice
The foundation module introduces students to the core concepts and theories in transpersonal work through a historical and comparative approach. The central focus is upon establishing a model for transpersonal work drawing upon both cross-cultural perspectives and an understanding of the nature of consciousness. It covers:
Module 2. Essential Professional Practice Skills in Counselling
This module focuses on the ways in which a transpersonal theory is implemented in practice, detailed analysis of major approaches to transpersonal counselling practice, developing a personal style, and individual and group work modalities. It covers:
Module 3. Consciousness and Technologies of Consciousness 2
The module extends the work that began in Module 2 through exploring specific techniques for generating healing processes. It covers:
Module 4. Consciousness & Technologies of Consciousness 1
A detailed examination of some major dream work processes, including the history of dream work and current trends in dream research and application (e.g. neuropsychology of dreams). It will also cover psychoanalytic, experiential and transpersonal dream work. It covers:
Module 5. Ritual, Myth and Healing in Visionary Practice
Exploration of the nature and use of myth in the healing process and in a cross-cultural context. It covers story and myth-building as part of healing, development and application of healing rituals, healing methods derived from other cultures and applied to contemporary Western settings. It covers:
Module 6. Human Potentials in Visionary Practice
Explores the multiplicity of human identity and consciousness. Recognising human potentials and their application in healing. Examine notions of the paranormal and other exceptional human abilities. Human energetics, healing and perspectives from modern physics and biology. State-specific healing, resonance phenomena and energetic driving. It covers:
Module 7. Foundations of Mental Health and Mental Disorder
This module covers of the major, mainstream 20th century paradigms of mental health, theories of personality and society implicit in them and their principal critics. It covers:
Module 8. Transpersonal Approaches to Mental Health and Disorder
Coverage of transpersonal crises and emergence. Methods for working with these factors in transpersonal counselling. Mapping the spaces in which transpersonal crises emerge and are resolved. It covers:
Modules 9 & 10 . Transpersonal Counselling Skills 1. Micro Skills and Transpersonal Counselling Skills 11, Transpersonal Analysis
These two modules are designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in inter-transpersonal skills, which are essential to being an effective therapist. The fundamentals of communication and counselling skills are extended into transpersonal dimensions of human interaction, using a self-realisation model. It covers:
Module 11. Contemporary Ethico-legal and Best Practice Issues in Transpersonal Counselling
The module focuses on the current climate of professional practice in Australia, ethico-legal matters, inter-professional relationships in referrals and integrative practice, case studies and practice work. It covers:
Module 12. Placement and Clinical Case Study Analysis and Management. The placement module is an opportunity for students to gain first hand experience in the wider community by working with and being involved in counselling and related activities. The placement can be divided between a range of different activities. The placement program is structured workplace learning that helps prepare you for the workforce. It is part of your course, designed to help you better understand what you have learned by putting it into practice in the workplace. All students must undertake 100 hours of supervised work placement to complete their Advanced Diploma. Details discussed in class.
It should include experience in direct service delivery to individuals and/or groups and/or communities.
- Supervision by appropriate agency personnel
- Assessment of performance by appropriate agency personnel
- Analysis of agency work in terms of a written report
- Specific and separate report on case work.
Transpersonal Counselling Course Outcomes
Successful completion of the course requires the following outcomes student"s must:
Requirements to achieve a qualification
In order to qualify for the Advanced Diploma, students must fulfill the following requirements:
The process of assessment throughout the course is continuous and addresses student's performance in the following ways through:
RPL (Prior learning) This is conducted on a case-by-case basis in which the content of prior learning, whether it is formal academic or other industry training, is assessed and can be translated into course credit. This based on detailed transcripts, curriculum statements, course notes and readings and job descriptions as well as examples of workplace reports produced. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.
Credit Transfer This is available on application and on a case-by-case basis.
Students must complete a Credit Transfer & RPL Application Form. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.
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