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counselling masterclass

Have you ever dreamed of studying counselling? Is now the time to seize a world-shaping moment of change as your opportunity to grow and help those being affected by mental health issues?

Join our expert academics as they explore theories on counselling, latest insights into the industry and counselling approaches. If you aren’t sure about becoming a qualified counsellor, our Counselling Masterclass is an excellent first step on your journey to find out more about counselling and to decide whether it’s the career for you. You will also learn invaluable skills that you can use for personal and professional purposes and relationships.

Whether you are looking to become a fully qualified counsellor or learning counselling skills to support your current professional and personal relationships, this Masterclass is for you.

Date Thursday 10th June 2021
Time 6PM
Presenter Dr Judith Johnson
Topic for Dr Judith Narrative Therapy
Presenter Dr Dion Zhlentzos
Topics for Dr Dion

Qualities of a counsellor

Interpersonal skills

Theories on Counselling

Registration Form

The School of Counselling at Excelsia College offers postgraduate counselling degrees that enable students to develop a strong theoretical understanding of contemporary counselling theory and research, to acquire advanced clinical skills including in modality specific areas, and to explore formation of their professional identity, so that they graduate ready for life as a professional counsellor.

Our PACFA and ACA accredited program prepares counsellors who will be informed of the latest theoretical, clinical and research advances relevant to counselling; who will be sensitive to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals, families, and communities whom they will work with; and who will value and promote the dignity, potential and well-being of all people.

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)


Counselling is in increasingly high demand in workplaces, schools and community centres, where counsellors are employed in providing mental health knowledge and support to individuals and groups across a diverse array of issues. Counsellors will often choose to specialise in working with a particular segment of the population, and they may even specialise in their therapeutic approach. Some counsellors will seek employment while others will prefer to work in their own private practice.

As the Graduate Diploma is nested within the Master of Counselling, there are options to advance to the Masters level, subject to satisfactory academic progression. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling also provides an optional exit award from the Master of Counselling Program.

The Master of Counselling provides advanced training in counselling theory and practice, with an introduction to a range of counselling specialisations. The postgraduate degree integrates mental health and wellness/strength-based models within a Christian worldview*, encouraging and equipping counsellors to work with the whole person. The course aims to:

Produce self-reflexive counsellors who can:

(i) develop and maintain respectful, caring and collaborative therapeutic relationships and
(ii) effectively function both independently and within multi-disciplinary settings; Prepare counsellors to work in a variety of settings with clients of diverse ages, backgrounds and life issues; Highlight the importance of lifelong learning that is informed by counselling-focused research, set within ongoing professional development.
Professional Placement
Course includes assisting students with locating placements, 100 direct client contact hours and 25 hours of
clinical supervision, along with free personal counselling. This combination meets the highest training standards as specified by PACFA 2014 Training Standards.

This course is suited for:

  • current counsellors seeking additional training at a post-graduate level;
  • Individuals with undergraduate qualifications (or equivalent) wanting to enter the counselling profession;
  • Other professionals seeking to diversify and extend their current skill set or change career direction.


The Master of Counselling degree prepares graduates for a range of counselling-related positions within the mental health sector. For example, graduates work in private practice and a variety of Christian, church-based and secular counselling services, centres and programs (such as schools; private, government and NGO agencies; and child and adolescent services). They work with varied age groups and target populations (children and adolescents, the homeless, troubled youth, adults with a range of mental health issues, the unemployed, the elderly); addressing a range of life issues including trauma, loss and grief, relationship and family issues, identity formation, spiritual concerns, illness and disability.

The Master of Counselling degree is a PACFA accredited course (PACFA - Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia) and an ACA accredited course (Australian Counselling Association). Historically graduates of the program have applied for membership with PACFA and The ACA subject to meeting their membership requirements. Students can also join the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA). Concurrently graduates are able to apply for listing on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), subject to meeting the ARCAP registration requirements.

NOTE: It is not necessary to be a Christian to undertake this course.

Introduction about the Course of Counselling

What do our students say?

“In my two years of studying counselling at Excelsia I have learnt a tremendous amount of interesting things about both myself, people and the world. I have made new friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. I have felt included and embraced just the way I am."

Master of Counselling student