Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

048166D

Course Length:

Two years full-time or part-time equivalent

Study modes:

On-campus (Sydney and Melbourne) or blended delivery (Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne)

Units:

12

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If you already have a degree in another discipline and want to qualify as a Counsellor without undertaking an undergraduate qualification then you should consider this course.

The course equips graduates to work as counsellors in the public, private and community sectors providing counselling services relating to bereavement and loss, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, family and relationships. 

Accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), this course gives you the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to work as a counsellor. On successful completion of this course, graduates are eligible to apply for intern membership on the PACFA Register.

Entry/ Criteria Prequisites

  • An undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited Higher Education Provider; or a Higher Education Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a similar field of study and
    relevant work experience, AND
  • Completion of an Assessment of Readiness for the Counselling Profession questionairre
  • Completion of a National Criminal History Record check within 30 days of accepting the offer. 

Campuses

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is available on-campus in Sydney or Melbourne, or via blended delivery in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is available on-campus in Sydney or Melbourne, or via blended delivery in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

 

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Course Duration and Start Dates

2 years full-time  
or
part-time equivalent

2 years full-time  
or
part-time equivalent

2014
Trimester 1 – Monday 17 February, 2014
Trimester 2 – Monday 2 June, 2014
Trimester 3 – Monday 15 September, 2014

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What will I learn?

In this course, you will learn how to apply the theoretical and ethical foundations of counselling to a range of practical situations. Areas of study include:

In this course, you will learn how to apply the theoretical and ethical foundations of counselling to a range of practical situations. Areas of study include:

  • grief counselling
  • family counselling
  • cross-cultural counselling
  • mental health practices

For more information, see ‘course structure’ below.

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Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

On-campus study in Sydney or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Blended delivery in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
Blended delivery is a combination of online delivery and mandatory on-campus workshops. Blended delivery for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling means that students must attend 17 hours of compulsory on campus workshops and 7 hours of compulsory online synchronous sessions within each coursework unit.

 

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Fees

Cost per unit is AU$2265 (x12 units) for domestic students. For international student fees, click here.

Cost per unit is AU$2265 (x12 units) for domestic students. For international student fees, click here.

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP.

If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.

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Study Modes

On-campus in Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Course Structure

Year 1

1.  COUN5131 Counselling Practice

2.  COUN5141 Counselling Theories

3.  COUN5151 Cross Cultural Counselling

4.  COUN5161 Counselling Over the Lifespan

5.  COUN5171 Ethical Decision Making

6.  Elective

 

 

Course Structure

Year 1

1.  COUN5131 Counselling Practice

2.  COUN5141 Counselling Theories

3.  COUN5151 Cross Cultural Counselling

4.  COUN5161 Counselling Over the Lifespan

5.  COUN5171 Ethical Decision Making

6.  Elective

 

Year 2

7.  COUN5201 Counselling Skills and Models

8.  COUN5211 Grief Counselling

9.  COUN5221 Mental Health Practice

10. COUN5231 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1

11. COUN5241 Counselling Placement and Supervision 2

12. Elective

 

For more information, see our Graduate Diploma of Counselling course guide.

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Testimonials

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