ACAP announces new campus for Byron Bay

Madeline Neeson
By Madeline Neeson
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The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) is expanding its footprint to meet increased demand for training in human services, opening a new Byron Bay campus this February.

The ACAP Byron Bay campus will offer a one-year Diploma of Counselling Skills for anyone aspiring to begin a career in Counselling, with the first intake of students commencing on 8 February.

The college will be co-located with its sister college, SAE Creative Media Institute, on Ewingsdale Road. SAE is a leading global education provider, delivering undergraduate and postgraduate creative media education programs in animation, audio, creative industries, design, film, games, web and mobile.

ACAP’s Chief Executive Officer, George Garrop, said that 2020 shone a light on the importance of human services professionals and the role they play in helping communities recover from adversity.

“The past year has shown us the importance of human connection and self-awareness,” he said.

“Graduates of our Counselling programs have the practical skills to understand human behaviour and help others develop better self-awareness and resilience.

“We’re very pleased to be part of the solution for future-proofing and upskilling Australia’s workforce and supporting our community’s mental health.

“ACAP is thrilled to offer our popular Diploma of Counselling Skills at Byron Bay and we look forward to expanding our course offerings in the region over time.”

The Diploma of Counselling Skills is a one year (full time) course which introduces students to counselling theories as well as an understanding of mental health and wellness, ethical and legal practice, and personal and professional development.

Jessica Watson, first enrolled student to the ACAP Byron Bay Campus & Mike Vaccaro, ACAP alumnus and current SAE staff member.


Byron Shire Council Mayor, Simon Richardson, said ACAP’s new course offerings will bring great value to students and the wider community.

“We’re proud of our diverse creative industries across Byron and SAE has been a huge contributor to this, developing highly skilled graduates and job opportunities across the creative media industry.

“Almost half of Australians will experience mental illness at some point in their life. ACAP’s Diploma of Counselling Skills course will provide the opportunity for locals to learn new skills to support the mental health of those in the Byron community.”

Both ACAP and SAE form part of global education leader, Navitas, which delivers programs to more than 80,000 students each year across a global network of campuses.

SAE and ACAP are already collaborating on an innovative counselling model in which final year ACAP counselling students are employed to deliver counselling services to creative media students, under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.

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