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. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision Qualitative
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision Quantitative
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health
      • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health 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
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
      • MS in Addiction Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Clinical Psychology (Licensed Professional Counselor)
      • Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    3. 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
      • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Education Specialist in Community Care and Counseling: Marriage and Family Counseling
      • Education Specialist in Community Care and Counseling: Pastoral Care and Counseling
      • Education Specialist in Community Care and Counseling: Traumatology
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
    Master's
      • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
      • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: General
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MA: Addictions 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
    5. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. - Substance Use Disorders
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. - Marriage & Family Therapy
    Bachelor's
      • Applied Psychology, B.S. - Clinical Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • Accelerated RN to MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Certificate
      • PMCPMHNP - Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
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    Viterbo University

Featured Schools

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • 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?

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology (Licensed Professional Counselor)
  • Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis

What is your highest level of education completed?

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

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?

Colorado Christian University

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
  • Applied Psychology, B.S. - Clinical Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Saint Leo University

  • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

What is your highest level of education completed?

Florida Tech

  • BA in Applied Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Applied Psychology/Forensic Psychology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Herzing University

  • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Accelerated RN to MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • PMCPMHNP - Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

What is your highest level of education?