The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling builds on students' previous academic study or personal and professional experience by providing exposure to extensive theories and counselling practice.
Graduates of this program will be able 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 self-awareness and capacity for self-reflection
- 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.
2 years part-time.
- Brisbane (Multi-mode)
- Melbourne (Multi-mode)
- Strathfield (Multi-mode)
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).
No deferment available.
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
- 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
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling; or
- 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;
- a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course.
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.
A range of counselling and human service careers are available including:
- Community services (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
Students are required to complete one practicum placement. The practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 40 hours 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.
Graduates are eligible for membership of state-based counselling associations.
Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Children and police check.
Graduates may progress to the Master of Clinical Counselling or other postgraduate programs within ACU.