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Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • 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

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Description

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.

Course Duration

2 years part-time.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

  • 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).

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

No deferment available.

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 2015

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course Costs

  • 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.

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

Direct Applications

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.

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

Professional Experience

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.

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

Graduates may progress to the Master of Clinical Counselling or other postgraduate programs within ACU.

Contacts for Future Students

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

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Course Duration

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Course Costs

Important Note on Fees

Eligibility

How to Apply