Graduate Attributes

Diploma of Counselling Skills (DipCounSk)

The graduate attributes for the Diploma of Counselling Skills course are designed to align with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for AQF Level 5 courses. On completion of the Diploma of Counselling Skills course graduates will have attained the following attributes:


  • understand and analyse a range of factors impacting individuals’ and communities’ well-being and mental health
  • understand the stages of human development
  • demonstrate knowledge of trauma informed care, disability care and drug and alcohol support
  • apply an understanding of human diversity, including culture, gender, age, ability, class, religion and sexuality
  • understand the influence of power differences on the therapeutic relationship and outcomes 


  • demonstrate communication skills for establishing rapport with clients, and with other professionals
  • assess client presentations with reference to relevant social and contextual factors
  • apply creative problem-solving skills to client cases, aligned with professional standards for counselling practice
  • demonstrate appropriate and ethical assessment and management of self-harm behaviours
  • demonstrate ICT skills appropriate for counselling contexts. 

Application of Knowledge and Skills 

  • demonstrate awareness of consumer and carer perspectives in counselling practice
  • make informed judgements about referrals to specialist and support services
  • apply appropriate counselling knowledge and skills according to specific client presentations
  • demonstrate the provision of a therapeutic relationship
  • demonstrate ethical practice within established legal, policy and professional frameworks and codes of ethics
  • integrate feedback from teachers regarding the application of interpersonal skills and the facilitation of the therapeutic alliance.