The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is ideal for anyone in a helping, educational, ministry and/or community support and engagement profession who desires to integrate counselling skills and mental health knowledge into their current vocation.
Students are exposed to a range of theoretical, therapeutic and clinical models and techniques, acquiring an understanding of:
(i) appropriate and professional approaches to supporting those in need and;
(ii) contemporary mental health issues and related life challenges.
Whether you are a nurse, paramedic, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, social, community or welfare worker, or involved in another helping profession; teacher/educator; minister, pastor, priest or other church worker; member of the police force; engaged in community development etc., become equipped and confident to provide quality relational care and support to those encountering life difficulties (e.g., crisis and trauma, grief and loss, relational difficulties, illness or disability, employment issues, mental health issues etc).
Students who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma of Counselling can advance to the Master of Counselling. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is designed to equip individuals whose profession/employment calls for some mental health and wellness/strengths-based counselling (e.g. incidental counselling). Students are exposed to contemporary counselling theory, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills relevant to a variety of counselling situations and challenging life issues.
Student Workload: 10 hours per unit per week (includes provision for personal study)
The School of Counselling provides a flexible timetable, allowing students to coordinate study with family, employment, church and other commitments.
- Each semester runs for 13 weeks, with a 2-week mid-semester break
- Full-Time students complete four units per semester
- Part-Time students complete two units per semester
- Classes are face-to-face delivery with some online units at our new campus in Macquarie Park, NSW
- Classes are held throughout the week
Recognition of Prior Learning
If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.