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Advanced Counselling Skills

This two day course is aimed at individuals who already have education or experience in a counselling capacity. In this program you will learn to add to the core skills learnt in the introductory course to address particular issues, such as depression, anger, anxiety, grief and loss, and the emotional dysregulation.

Throughout the program, participants will be challenged to reflect on the way their own experiences impact on the counselling process, and learn to recognise and manage their own feelings. Participants will learn to further develop their skills in maintaining counselling relationships, and managing issues such as client resistance and interpersonal processes in therapy.

The importance of applying psychotherapeutic theory in regards to the conceptualisation of client’s presenting problems, and the application of appropriate therapeutic interventions will also be highlighted through a brief introduction of different theoretical models.  Participants will be encouraged to extend their knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories and interventions in order to develop a sound framework for working with clients, and to further enhance their effectiveness in their varied helping roles or professions.

Please note, this course does not qualify participants to work in a professional setting as a counsellor. 

Learning Objectives
  • Review of counselling micro skills
  • Understand some of the major psychotherapeutic theories and models, and their place

  • Interpersonal processes in therapy

  • Addressing maladaptive repetitive relational patterns

  • Helping clients understand the concept of the Window of Tolerance, and how to keep clients in it

  • Working with challenging presentations

  • Working with grief and loss

  • Introduction to the use of chair dialogues.

Date Venue

Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February 2020

391-393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123

Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th June 2020

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th November 2020

If you have a group of 10 or more participants and would like us to deliver this course at your office, please email

9am – 4pm (2 Full Day Sessions)

$580 inc GST and ticketing fee.

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, full‐time students and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their student card, social security card, or health care card together with their application, to email

Cairnmillar can offer these courses for your organisation’s needs. Our consultants can offer these courses in your workplace. Our facilities are also available to run specific education courses.

For further information, email the Short Course Coordinator at: