The Graduate Certificate in Counselling aims to provide a basic understanding of counselling by developing the knowledge, professional skills and ethical values important to the discipline.
Students examine case studies and reflect on personal experiences. Graduates assist people of all ages to address issues and challenges in their lives.
The postgraduate programs in counselling at ACU are designed to prepare students for professional work as counsellors in Australia.
ACU offers the following courses:
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling (6 months full-time or 1 year part-time)
- Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling (2 years part-time)
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Child and Adolescent) (2 years part-time)
- Master of Clinical Counselling (2years full-time or equivalent part-time)
Graduates of the postgraduate counselling programs will develop an extensive knowledge of the counselling profession and of the various dimensions that affect and assist human behaviour including mental health, emotional development and life and relationship issues.
Graduates will develop skills in critical thinking, good communication, behavioural assessments, and contemporary approaches to counselling and ethical practice.
- Brisbane (Attendance) - (Application not available)
- Melbourne (Attendance) - (Application not available)
- Strathfield (Attendance) - (Application not available)
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
- Average first year fee:
$8200 Fee-Paying (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees
All costs are based on current rates. A student's annual fee may vary in accordance with their choice of major and electives. The University reviews fees annually.
A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed –
- a Bachelor degree; or
- at least 3 years’ experience in a counselling role;
- a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course
Domestic applications for this course for Semester 1, 2015 are now closed. Please revisit this page from 1 April 2015 for Semester 2 availability.
A range of counselling and human service careers are available including:
- Community welfare workers (e.g. Services such as Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline)
- Child safety
- Child and youth service managers (e.g Kids Help Line)
- Relationships Australia
- Mission Australia
- Local Community Neighbourhood Centres
- Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
- Regional domestic and family violence services
- School counselling
- Government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres)
- Crisis counselling centres
- Private practice
- Juvenile Justice Officer
Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Children and police check.
Graduates may progress to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling or the Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Child and Adolescent) or other postgraduate programs with ACU.