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. 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
    Master's
      • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
      • DMN: Pastoral Counseling
    Master's
      • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MA: Addictions Counseling
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
      • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
      • BS: Psychology: Crisis Counseling
      • BS: Psychology: Life Coaching
      • BS: Religion: Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General Program
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Trauma & Crisis Counseling
      • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
      • BS in Psychology - Addictions
      • BS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Master's
      • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
      • MS in Professional Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
      • Master in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    8. 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
      • MS in General Psychology
      • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. Applied Psychology: Clinical Counseling

Featured Schools

Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
  • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy

What is your highest level of education?

Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
  • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
  • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Forensic Counseling
  • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)
  • BS in Psychology - Addictions

What is your highest level of education completed?

The Chicago School

  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology

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?

Grand Canyon University

  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health
  • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders

What is your highest level of education?

Columbia Southern University

  • MBA - Health Care Management
  • Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management

What is your highest level of education completed?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Grief Counseling
  • MS in General Psychology
  • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?