Graduate Attributes

Graduate Diploma of Counselling Graduate Attributes

The graduate attributes for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling course are designed to align with the Australian Quality Framework specifications for Graduate Diploma degrees (AQF Level 8). On completion of the degree, graduates will have attained the following attributes:


  • Synthesise theories and frameworks of the field of counselling, including its historical development
  • Integrate knowledge of the complex factors impacting wellbeing and mental health
  • Acquire knowledge within specialist counselling areas of alcohol and other drugs counselling, family, trauma, grief, narrative, and creative therapies.


  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge in core counselling theories and models, to apply appropriate counselling interventions according to specific client presentations
  • Critically evaluate and assess client presentations with reference to relevant contextual factors, including the clients’ experience of counselling
  • Apply creative problem solving skills to assessment and case planning, aligned with professional standards for counselling practice
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills for establishing rapport and goal setting with clients, and with other professionals.

Application of knowledge and skills

  • Develop cultural safety in therapeutic relationships
  • Identify clients with complex needs
  • Make independent and informed judgements about referrals to specialist services
  • Practice counselling ethically and intentionally within established legal, policy and professional frameworks and codes of ethics
  • Integrate feedback from clinical supervision into counselling practice, and cultivate the capacity for reflective practice, professional responsibility and accountability.