Graduate Attributes

Bachelor of Counselling

The graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Counselling course are designed to align with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for Bachelors degrees (AQF Level 7). On completion of the degree, graduates will have attained the following attributes:


  • analyse and research theories and frameworks of the field of counselling, including its historical development
  • demonstrate broad knowledge of a range of counselling theories
  • understand and analyse complex factors impacting individuals’ and communities’ wellbeing and mental health
  • integrate and apply knowledge of the stages of human development
  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge within specialist counselling areas including alcohol and other drugs counselling, family, trauma, grief and loss, Narrative, and Existential therapies
  • develop and apply an understanding of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, ability, class, religion and sexuality
  • analyse the influence of power differences on the therapeutic relationship and outcomes
  • integrate and apply knowledge of mental health practitioner competencies.


  • practically apply ICT skills
  • review, analyse, and evaluate knowledge in core counselling theories and models
  • apply appropriate counselling interventions according to specific client presentations
  • evaluate and assess client presentations with reference to relevant social and contextual factors, including the clients’ experience of counselling
  • demonstrate appropriate and ethical assessment and management of suicide risk and suicidal behaviour
  • apply creative problem solving skills to assessment and case planning, aligned with professional standards for counselling practice
  • demonstrate advanced counselling and communication skills for establishing rapport and goal setting with clients, and with other professionals.

Application of knowledge and skills

  • discuss and demonstrate the provision of cultural safety in therapeutic relationships
  • demonstrate applied research skills and conduct projects
  • identify clients with complex needs and develop appropriate case plans and referrals
  • demonstrate awareness of consumer and carer perspectives in counselling practice
  • make informed judgements about referrals to specialist and support services
  • practice counselling ethically and intentionally within established legal, policy and professional frameworks and codes of ethics
  • integrate feedback from clinical supervision in counselling practice, and cultivate the capacity for reflective practice, professional responsibility and accountability.