This course is only available for domestic students
1 year part time
6 months full-time
The Graduate Certificate of Counselling provides students with training in the theory and practice of counselling. The course is designed for students who are seeking to develop counselling skills for their current employment in fields such as nursing, social work, pastoral care and teaching. Students are equipped with a range of counselling skills that can be applied across work settings, client types and cultural groups.
Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling requires students to complete units of study to the value of 50 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year
Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year
One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
exercise independent judgement relevant to counselling theory and practice in the field of human services counselling, couple counselling and forensic counselling
initiate, plan, implement and evaluate basic counselling interventions with a range of client groups and presentations across the lifespan
apply basic and more advanced skills to work therapeutically with a range of clients in human services and couple counselling contexts using counselling methods and techniques that are drawn from different evidence-based approaches, all of which emphasise the important role of assessment, empathy, the therapeutic relationship, ethical decision making and professional supervision
reflect on, and take responsibility for, their own learning and self-management processes in relation to counselling work with clients that promotes self-reflection and the development as a professional counsellor in a human services, couple counselling or forensic context.
Graduates may work in a range of professional settings, including community and mental health, private practice, social work, grief counselling, pastoral care and mediation.
May be eligible to apply for membership to the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), PACFA, and the Australian Association for Relationship Counsellors.
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Certificate of Counselling is 25 credit points (normally two units).
Information about Swinburne's general admission criteria can be found at Admissions at Swinburne - Higher Education webpage.
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