Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GDC16)


The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is based upon a coherent common body of knowledge, skills and professional and ethical values. It focuses on the integration of theory and practice as well the student’s development as a reflective practitioner in the field of counselling.

Units are designed to provide students with a depth of knowledge in counselling theories, practice concepts, research and practical skills relevant to working with people in a variety of contexts. The units utilise and build upon the theories and knowledge students have gained from either their undergraduate studies or personal and professional life experience.


Degree Name:

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Degree Code:

GDC 16

Level of Qualification:



Minimum 2 years
Maximum 6 years

Number  of Units:


Study Load:

3 units per term, full time
1 or 2 units per term, part time


On campus - Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or
by Flexible Delivery

Student Placement:

200 hours

Award Title: 

Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Cricos Code:

048166D (NSW)     065522C (QLD)      060112F (VIC)

Course Structure - Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GDC16)

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.