Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

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:

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

and

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

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

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.

 

Course Duration and Start Dates

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

2018
Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 29 May 2018

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:

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

For more information, see the course guide.

Study Modes

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.

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. To find out which units are offered by blended delivery, please refer to our course sequence for more information.

Fees

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com.

For international student fees, click here.

Placements

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