Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science

Graduate Certificate of Counselling

Graduate Certificate of Counselling

Gain foundational counselling skills and knowledge.
Graduate Certificate of Counselling
26 Weeks Full Time
Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code: 114473H
Australian Qualification Framework: 8
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Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Online
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Bachelor of Psychological Science


The Graduate Certificate of Counselling provides an introduction to the field of counselling and equips students with some foundational counselling skills and knowledge.

This course is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline and want to develop a skills foundation for work in the helping professions, or to gain entry to further postgraduate counselling studies. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling provides a direct pathway to the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy course at ACAP.

This course has also been accredited by ACAP under its self-accrediting authority.

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What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Graduate Certificate of Counselling.


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    Counselling Theories
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    Cross-cultural Counselling
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    Ethical Practice

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling course is comprised of 4 units, which are level 500 units.

The course duration is 26 weeks full time or up to 2 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Pathways for future study

Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling provides the necessary qualification to apply for further study in counselling in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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Having teachers who are practitioners in the field gives a marriage of academic rigour with practical exposure. They can share case studies from real life that are happening at the moment. Caitlin, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Give studying a shot! I didn’t think I could and was completely surprised that I could do it and enjoy it. Anthony, Bachelor of Counselling
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