Counseling Skills: Diploma Coursework Summary

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A counseling skills diploma opens the door to a career assisting other in making important life decisions. Typical coursework includes career development, human development and counseling methods and theories. Read on to find out more about this exciting diploma opportunity.
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What is a Counseling Skills Diploma?

In a counseling skills diploma program, you will be learning methods of assessing the well being of individuals and groups across many age levels and socioeconomic strata. The goal is to create competent individuals who can work with a variety of people and cultures.

Skills You Will Learn

While studying towards a counseling skills diploma, you will be learning how to reflect upon the thoughts, feelings and actions of an individual or groups and determine the best method of advising them. To do this, you will need strong communication skills, as well as an understanding of the latest counseling methods and theories. You will also study the ethical and legal issues that accompany counseling practice.

Courses

In a typical counseling skills program, you will encounter the following courses:

  • Career Development
  • Counseling Methods and Theories
  • Ethics and Law of Counseling
  • Human Development
  • Personal Communication

Why Get a Counseling Skills Diploma?

To practice professionally in an educational setting, which is the sector with the largest amount of counseling positions, it is first necessary to become certified. A counseling skills diploma is a good first step towards certification. A diploma will also show to employers that you are qualified to be a counselor.

What Can I Do with a Counseling Skills Diploma?

The majority of counselors work in an educational setting such as an elementary or secondary school. Other counselors work for individual and family services, or in vocational rehabilitation centers.

Job Outlook and Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) predicts that the demand for counselors will grow faster than the national average until at least the year 2014. The median annual income for counselors in 2004 was around $45,500.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
      • Counseling, M.A. Online
    Bachelor's
      • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Educational Psychology
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services Counseling
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Human Services/Student Affairs
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - International
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Research Concentration
    Master's
      • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.S. in General Psychology
      • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Coaching and Mentoring
      • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
      • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
      • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Post University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    9. New England College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
      • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Health Administration (MS)

Featured Schools

Colorado Christian University

  • Counseling, M.A.
  • Counseling, M.A. Online
  • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions

Which subject are you interested in?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Clinical and Counseling Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families

What is your highest level of education?

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

What is your age?

Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

What is your highest level of education?

Post University

  • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling

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