Diploma of Holistic Counselling

The Diploma is designed to end suffering through embodying these dynamic counselling skills in student's own lives and in their practices. 

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Key Information

Brisbane, starting 23 March 2018
Brisbane: $6,595 inc GST (early bird)
Brisbane: $350* inc GST booking fee

Melbourne, starting 23 February 2018
Melbourne: $6,595 inc GST (early bird)
Melbourne: $350* inc GST booking fee

9 modules over 18 months, 2 individual sessions, 100 hour community placement, pair projects, 10 part Effectiveness Training program, study groups, webinars....

*Payment Plan option available - $350 inc GST non-refundable booking fee required for total cost of $6995 inc GST

Course Summary

The Diploma of Holistic Counselling course began in 2008 due to demand from students wanting to deepen their learnings gained from the Certificate of Holistic Counselling course.

For all health practitioners, therapists, counsellors, caring professionals, or persons whose hearts desire is to discover the truth in who we are and support others to do the same. Deepen your own personal practice through honesty, responsibility and compassion. For all health practitioners and therapists, caring professionals, or persons interested in enlightening their experience of life.

This is a unique opportunity to create in-dependence (self mastery). From this position true healing happens both personally and as a professional. Our holistic approach ensures transformation emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually thus manifesting your vision of life naturally.

The Diploma course is aimed at transforming practitioner’s personal patterns and experience of Self, enabling deeper insights, understanding and experience of the true nature of healing and Self. This enables practitioners to truly facilitate clients personal transformation from the depth of knowing and experiencing the divinity of themself. 

  • "Holistic counselling has given me skills, knowledge and abilities both personally and professionally that are perfect for my nutrition path. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful course.  This course has taken me from who I thought I was to who I am truly at my core. The course is brilliant, put together in such a away to allow us to explore and grow and learn and evolve through the web of processes, course work and unity."

    K Alexander Nurse

  • "The course, without doubt, has been a transformative and life enriching experience. Whether I used the tools, awareness, skills and knowledge I've gained in a professional capacity or not, it wouldn't matter to me. The value has been in that its led me to create a more meaningful and peaceful life."

    Charlotte Beasley Holistic Counsellor

Course Content

The Diploma of Holistic Counselling includes 9 modules over 18 months, 7 study groups, 2 private consultations, course manual, community volunteer placement, online library, student library & certificates given on successful completion.
Part 1: The Big Picture

2 days 

  • The Big Picture: How we align with reality
  • How You Manifest: Thought embraced by emotion
  • Mapping one’s Lifestream: Identifying issues & their point of creation
  • Aligning self judgment - Bringing our Projections home
  • Moving beyond the past to the present. Being the future.
  • Creating Your Day: Developing Mastery
  • Soul communication: Laying the foundations to learning to trust oneself
  • Who Am I Really beyond the thoughts: Freedom from our neuroses
  • Mapping Emotional Addiction
  • Direct Experience: Surrendering to the gestalt of feelings, pain and suffering 
Part 2: Healing The Wounded Healer

4 Days

  • Role of parents in psychological development
  • ACE: Adverse Childhood Experience key components
  • Attachment styles: Understanding and what to look for
  • Neuroplasticity and the role of holistic counselling
  • Acknowledging Needs
  • Developing Empathy: Moving from past to future using art and movement therapies
  • Working with Internal archetypes: Inner Child, Adult Self, Wise self
  • Connecting with inner child, journeying to recreate a supportive inner reality
  • Working with anger, grief, sense of obligation, fear etc
  • Direct experience: aligning the pain body - turning anguish into bliss
  • Unmasking and embracing the shadow self
  • Aligning personal issues to experience the peace and truth of self
  • Finding your place for support in your lineage
Part 3: The Work of Byron Katie Part I & II
Trainer: Rosie Stave

6 days 

  • The Work of Byron Katie –The Great Undoing: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. 
  • Time magazine called it: Four Questions to Inner Peace
    “An unquestioned mind is the world of suffering” Byron Katie
  • Learning and Experiencing the Inquiry
  • The New Judge Your Neighbour Worksheet, Judge Your Body Worksheet, One Belief at A Time Worksheet
  • The Worksheet
  • 4 questions and turnarounds
  • Literal Listening
  • The Gift of Criticism
  • Working with Difficult clients - keeping them on track
  • Saying "No" or "Yes" who is it your have difficulties with saying how it it
  • Doing The Work on personal stories of self, the body, relationships, stressful events etc
  • Stressful Events: What are our motives?
Part 4: Family / Systemic Constellations
6 days 

Introduction to the Principles of Family Constellation, by Bert Hellinger
Key components of Family Constellation work: Family History, The Family Soul, Orders of Love, Function of
Conscience, Belonging, Balance of Giving & Taking, Fate, Those Who Come First come First
Movements of the Soul
Developing Open Focus to read the family history in the body
Family of Origin
Personal Constellations - Experience being a representative, part of the holding circle and insights
Experience this phenomenological approach through being a representative
Somatic Imaging developed by Dr Jane Peterson
Address issues such as adoption, abuse, illness, belonging and much more

Part 5: Effective Communication Training
Trainer: Cate Crombie

Personal Empowerment developed by Dr Thomas Gordon & Linda Adams
2 days in Certificate & 5 x 6 hours sessions 9am - 5pm 

  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Introduction & practice of counselling skills: Learning the helping Skills
  • Problem ownership
  • 12 Roadblocks to Communication
  • Active Listening: Lead Ins, Common Mistakes
  • Empathic Listening - identifying the needs
  • Assertiveness skills: I Messages: Declarative, Confrontative, Preventative, Positive
  • Win Win Conflict Resolution: Method III Problem Solving 
  • Feelings and Needs Inventory
  • Developing empathy using micro-skills
  • Identifying the Issue(s) through Active listening
  • Learning to Identify and meet Personal Needs
  • Goal setting
Part 6: Creative Counselling I & II

2 days 

  • Creative visualization: a simple and powerful tool reconnecting sub-personalities ie: wise self, sensual self, inner child, sexuality etc.
  • Linking Systemic Constellations with Creative Visualization with art therapy, props, figurines and other techniques for one to one sessions
  • Working with deep respect for the client and their fate
  • Helping in Harmony
  • Developing Open Focus to include all signals: words, breath, movements, Soma
  • Learn how to create a healing visualization
  • Trust yourself as a counselor through:
    • Connecting with Inner Guides
    • Soul Communication Meditation
    • Spiritual Cleansing Technique
  • Working with Archetypes: Adult/inner child/ Soul/wise selves
  • Strengthening our Relationship with Life by meeting Death (Structural Constellations)
  • Facilitating clients from Secondary movements to a Primary movement
  • Interrupted reaching out (IROM) - symptoms, effect of, and working to resolve
  • Setting up Constellations: Hands on experience for individual sessions
Part 7: Love, Sex & Relationships I & II

2 days 

  • Initiation of the Senses: Awakening Ones Sensual Self
  • Enhancing Intimacy (In to Me See) in relationships
  • The Language of the Masculine & Feminine in Relationship & Balancing them within
  • Systemic Principles governing relationships
  • Meeting in Love: A Return to Innocence, a new way of connecting sexually without the goals
  • Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) Components: Arousal Regulation, Neuroscience and Attachment Theory
  • Enlivening and learning about sexual energy in the body: Transforming sexual energy into meditation
  • Linking systemic work with internal sexual roles and archetypes
  • Working with Sexual/Sensual/Feminine/Masculine selves to bring about balance
  • Sexual abuse: systemic dynamics, working with to return to innocence
  • Relationships including topics such as Marriage, Separation and grief, children, adoption, abortion, miscarriages etc
  • Attachment Styles and working with them in relationships
  • Working with sexual energy from a Tantric Perspective
Part 8: Physically Speaking I & II

2 days 

  • Your Disease is keeping you healthy: Speaking to illness and letting illness speak to you
  • Creative Ways of working with illness
  • A Holistic Approach to dis-ease with case studies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Stress, Depression
  • Biology Becomes Biography: Energy Psychology
  • Case studies and working with illnesses
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Dissolution and Freedom Technique
  • Introducing Somatic Experiencing (working with Trauma in the body developed by Peter Levine)
  • Developing energetic boundaries in relation to trauma
  • Resourcing a Client to work with trauma
  • Memory Reconstruction: Reclaiming Lost Selves
  • Neuroscience
  • Working with Health and Wellbeing using Systemic Constellations
Part 9: The Emerging Counsellor I & II

2 days 

  • The Intuitive Approach
  • Client Questionnaire and Interviewing process
  • Ethics, case management, supervision 
  • Who Am I Beyond the Story and Processes?
  • Defining Oneself and Intention as a Counsellor
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Values and Morals influencing how a counsellor relates to the client
  • Boundaries, Dependency (Counsellor and Client), and Counsellor Congruence
  • Breaks and Endings
  • Ethical Decision Making process
Part 10: Study groups

Sessions with for 3 hours x 7

  • Questions and Answers
  • More exercises and deepening of previous unit taught
  • Experiential exercises, case discussion, and opportunity to do personal work
  • Relationship Project presentations
  • Assignment presentations
  • Further webinars are done via Webinars with Diploma students 
Peer Group Supervision

Peer Group Supervision (Buddy groups)

  • Provides ongoing peer supervision for case study discussions
  • Practice exercises and modalities
  • New information and research shared amongst peers
  • Personal issues effecting being a counsellor.
  • In class as well as Skype sessions are available
  • Join The Awakening Group facebook group
  • Webinar series
Part 11: Student Clinic
Provides supervision for students beginning to work with clients


Course details


  • Brisbane course starts on 23rd March 2018 Friday 9am 
  • Melbourne course starts on the 23rd February Friday 9am 2018
  • There are 3 units: The Work of Byron Katie, Family Constellations and Effectveiness Training online that are credited to the 2018 program. CLICK HERE for details.


  • $6995 GST incl., full course cost
  • $6595 earlybird price if paid in full before 1st February 2018 (VIC) or 28th February 2018 (QLD)
  • A $350 non-refundable deposit secures your place for the full cost. Please note payments are subject to The Awakening Group terms and conditions.
  • The cost includes classes, study groups, maunal, little Loving What is booklet, online library access, student library with books, DVDs, CDs, Effectiveness Training workbook, certificate, two individual sessions, mentoring etc. 
  • 7 extra individual sessions are required with a number of the trainers at approx $95 - $130 
  • Course texts below cost approximately: $180 - $200 although a limited number are available to borrow from library


  • Melbourne Australia Shiatsu College, 103 Evans St Brunswick
  • Brisbane Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapy Centre, 151 Boundary Rd, Bardon


Learning Activities

  • Case studies, 2 x 7 day Take home Review questions, Class presentations (10 minute & peer project), autobiography & unit review questions, audio recordings, journal writing, 100 hour community placement



  • International Institute of Complementary Therapists (IICT) - membership & insurance in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Gibraltar.
  • Australian Holistic Healers and Counsellors Association: AHHCA accredited - membership & insurance  see www.ahha.org.au 
  • Effectiveness Training accredited with ETIA Ltd
  • The course is over 700 hours training over 18 months - 2 years.

Introductory Course Webinar

Text books
 Cost is approximately $180 - $200 for text books. Students may borrow books from our student library.


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