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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling

This course is not available for domestic application in Semester 2, 2014.

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Campus:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:
2 years part-time.

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

Description

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling builds on your previous academic study or personal and professional experience by providing exposure to extensive theories and counselling practice.

This counselling course provides the training you need in order to:

  • form effective interpersonal relationships
  • identify the ways in which disturbance can occur in human development and how these difficulties are met by professional helpers
  • understand different approaches to counselling and their appropriate application in a given context
  • increase your own self-awareness and capacity for self reflection, which is necessary for effective interpersonal relationships and counselling
  • assist, or organise assistance for, clients and other persons in difficulty
  • generate goals and action plans with clients
  • make and execute judgements across a broad variety of counselling contexts.

Course Duration

2 years part-time.

Campus Availability

  • Brisbane - (Application not available)
  • Melbourne - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield - (Application not available)

Deferment, Study Mode, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

No deferment available.

Study Mode On-campus: Offered primarily face-to-face at any one of the six ACU campuses. This includes units offered during any study period, whether in regular or intensive mode and with or without an online component. Up to 20% of the units comprising the course may be offered through online or mixed-mode study. On-site: Offered primarily face-to-face at any location other than one of the six ACU campuses. This can include units offered in regular or intensive mode, units offered at remote locations including overseas locations and units with an online component. Up to 20% of the units comprising the course may be offered through online or mixed-mode study. Distance: Offered principally through the provision of printed material to the student. These units may include an online component as an adjunct to the printed material. Off-shore: All units in a course are offered at a location outside Australia. Online: All units in a course are offered only through online study. Mixed-mode: (Relates to units) Units which are offered through a combination of two or more of online, distance, on-campus and/or on-site modes. They may include a residential component either at one of the six ACU campuses or at an 'on-site' location. Multi-mode: (Relates to a course) The various units in a course may be offered in a variety of the modes described above.

  • Multi Mode

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

80

Exit Point

Students who complete 40 cp from the Schedule of Offerings may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Counselling.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2014

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $7800 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.

Eligibility

An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. a Bachelor degree; or
  2. Graduate Certificate in Counselling; or
  3. Advanced Diploma in an area relevant to welfare or community services and a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience and at least two professional references;

    and

  4. a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course.

Applying for Admission

This course is not available for domestic application in Semester 2, 2014.

Career Paths

A range of counselling and human service careers is available including: Community services (e.g. Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline), 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, and private practice.

Professional Experience

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling are required to complete one practicum placement. The practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 40 hours of person-to-person counselling.

The practicum placement requires students to source an on-site counselling supervisor who is appropriately qualified, i.e. who is eligible for PACFA register membership. In addition, students will participate in group supervision with a University-appointed supervisor.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of state-based counselling associations.

Other Prerequisites to Undertaking this Course

Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Children and police check.

Pathways to Further Study

The Graduate Diploma course can be used as a pathway to the Master of Clinical Counselling.

Contacts for Future Students

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

Related Links

International Students

Course Duration

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Deferment, Study Mode, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Study Mode

Course Costs

Important Note on Fees

Eligibility

How to Apply