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. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
    Master's
      • MA: Professional Counseling
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Theology
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MS: Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. 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
      • MS in General Psychology
      • M.A. in Pastoral Counseling
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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 Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
      • MS in Professional Counseling
      • Master in Christian Counseling of Substance Use & Addictive Disorders
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Walden University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Teaching Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Forensic Psychology
      • PhD in Clinical Psychology - Industrial & Organizational Psychology
      • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
    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
  • Online Programs Available
    5. 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
    6. 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
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
  • New Orleans, LA

    Xavier University of Louisiana

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

Featured Schools

Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Professional Counseling
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

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

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
  • MS in Professional Counseling

What is your highest level of education?

Walden University

  • PhD in Clinical Psychology - General
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • BS in Psychology - Clinical Mental Health (MS AIM Track)

What is your highest level of education completed?

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?

Purdue University Global

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

Which subject are you interested in?

The Chicago School

  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track

What is your highest level of education completed?

Xavier University of Louisiana