Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
The Graduate Diploma of Counselling provides students with a range of counselling skills that can be applied across work settings, client types and cultural groups. Students specialise in human services counselling, couple counselling or forensic counselling. The course is designed to meet the needs of those employed in the human services sector (such as mental health, general health care, education, law and mediation, justice and welfare, and public service fields) or those who have an interest in the specialist fields of couple counselling or forensic counselling.
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Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
Singapore (Semester 1, Semester 2) - View application and start dates
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The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The couple counselling stream is delivered in collaboration with Relationships Australia, Victoria (RAV), which has a longstanding reputation for providing evidence-based training to students and professionally qualified counsellors wanting to specialise in couple therapy.
The forensic stream is delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS), Swinburne University of Technology, which is the current preferred provider of evidence-based specialist forensic training to a wide variety of professionals working with forensic clients both in Victoria and across Australia. Partnerships with forensic organisations are in place to support forensic placements.
The professional counselling stream is designed to improve counselling skills of people currently employed or interested in employment in professional counselling.
The professional counselling stream is only offered in Singapore in collaboration with the Executive Counselling and Training Academy. It is available to Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents, holders of a valid Singapore dependant’s pass, and holders of a valid Singapore work permit.
International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.
- 4 core units (50 credit points)
- 4 units from one of the Counselling specialisations: Couple Counselling; Human Services Counselling; or Forensic Counselling (50 credit points)
Executive Counselling and Training Academy, Singapore students:
- 4 core units (50 credit points)
- 4 units in the Professional Counselling stream (50 credit points)
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling is 50 credit points (normally four units)
Units of study
PSC60001 Foundations of Counselling *
Couple Counselling specialisation
Human Services Counselling specialisation
* Outcome units - matched exemptions are generally not granted for higher education outcome units.
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and professional recognition.
Graduates may work in a range of professional settings, including community and mental health, private practice, social work, grief counselling, pastoral care and mediation.
Aims and objectives
- 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
- demonstrate competence in assessment (including risk assessment and mental state examinations) case formulation and treatment planning, implementation and evaluation for clients presenting with a range of complex issues in a human services, couple counselling and forensic context
- use written and oral communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of basic and advanced theoretical concepts and methods relevant to trauma, loss and grief counselling, addiction counselling, couple counselling or forensic counselling; and to transfer this knowledge to different client groups, including individuals, couples and families.
This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Course fees and requirements
- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements.
A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn at Room 132, Building TD. Book now or call +61 3 9214 3584 for more information.
Completion of an approved undergraduate or postgraduate degree or approved equivalent. While no specific area of study is required as a prerequisite, it would be advantageous for students to have experience in human services, couple counselling or forensic settings. Selection is based on an interview and the applicant’s suitability for the program as determined by academic and work experience, referee reports, and the stated reasons for wishing to undertake the program. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit. The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
Working With Children Check
Students enrolled in this course may be required to apply for and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to commencing placement with an NDIS provider. The relevant fee is the responsibility of the student.
English language requirements
Satisfactory completion of one of the following:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
- Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
- Or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.
How to apply
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