Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

048166D

Course Length:

2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Study modes:

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

Units:

12, including 200 hours of student placement

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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 Prerequisites

Meet one of the following criteria:

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited Higher Education Provider
  • a Higher Education Advanced Diploma and relevant work experience
  • an Associate Degree in a similar field of study and relevant work experience

and

  • Completion of an Assessment of Readiness for the Counselling Profession questionnaire
  • Completion of a National Criminal History Record check within 30 days of accepting the offer 

Alternative admission arrangements may be possible in some circumstances. For information please contact the course convenor.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your principal language, or if the educational qualification used for entry was completed in a language other than English, please supply proof of an academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no sub-test less than 6.5 (or equivalent), obtained within the last two years.

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Campuses

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is available on-campus in Sydney or Melbourne, or via blended delivery (a combination of online and on-campus learning) in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide.

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling is available on-campus in Sydney or Melbourne, or via blended delivery (a combination of online and on-campus learning) in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide.

 

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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)

2015
Trimester 1 - Monday 16 February, 2015
Trimester 2 - Monday 1 June, 2015
Trimester 3 - Monday 21 September, 2015

 

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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.

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 the course guide.

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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, Melbourne or Adelaide
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 seven hours of compulsory online synchronous sessions within each coursework unit.

If you are studying in Sydney or Melbourne you can choose to study each of your units in different modes, subject to availability, to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle. You can select different modes of study for different units in a given trimester and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each trimester. To find out which units are offered by blended delivery, please refer to our course sequence for more information.

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Fees

For domestic students studying the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, the cost per standard unit is AU$2,405 (x24 units). 

For domestic students studying the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, the cost per standard unit is AU$2,405 (x24 units). 

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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Placements

This course includes 200 hours in a placement agency, which are undertaken over two consecutive trimesters.

Course Structure

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

 

 

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 Field Placement and Supervision 1

11. COUN5241 Field 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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