Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Course Code 2035
CRICOS Code TBA
Course duration /
Study mode

Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Location Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

FEE-HELP* *for eligible students, see  www.studyassist.gov.au

About


This is a 48 credit point course delivered at AQF Level 8, divided over 16 units. (15 counselling units and one religious studies unit to meet Avondale's requirements as a Christian College of Higher Education). It provides students both the experiential and theoretical foundation to function as professional counsellors in Australia. This course emphasises the common factors essential to counselling, introduces various counselling methods, builds basic and advanced counselling skills, and posits the training in a Christian worldview. It meets the requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), thus allowing a graduate to obtain provisional registration and work towards full clinical registration. 

 


Career Opportunities


Graduates of this course will be industry ready and be able to apply for counselling and/or counselling related positions. These include private practice, counselling agency positions, school counselling and welfare and case management and social service positions.


Admission Criteria


An AQF Level 7 qualification in any field.

Tertiary qualifications as above. Interview with Course Convenor, Placement Coordinator and experienced Psychologist or Counsellor.


Course Structure


Units for Graduate Diploma in Counselling

 

Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Sem 1

CNSL41100
Fundamentals of Counselling

CNSL41110
Psychotherapy and Counselling Theories

CNSL41130
Ethics, Diversity and Spiritual Integration

CNSL41140
Developmental Theories and Counselling

Sem 2

CNSL41240
Systemic and Family Therapy Approaches

CNSL41120
Spiritual Perspectives on Emotional Disorders

CNSL41160
Introduction to Psychology for Counselling

CNSL41200
Interpersonal Approach and Treatment Strategies

Sem 3

CNSL41230
Mental Health & Psychopathology

CNSL41260
Counselling Children & Adolescents

CNSL41300
Counselling Practice I

CNSL41400
Research in Counselling Practice A

Sem 4

CNSL41250
Counselling Couples

Religion Unit

CNSL41310
Counselling Practice II

CNSL41410
Research in Counselling Practice B

 


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

Practical Experience


Students are required to complete a 1 year internship in the second year of the program. A minimum of 40 hours of face to face counselling is required in order to graduate.


Accreditation


This course meets the requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and accreditation with PACFA will be sought. 


Registration and Self-Disclosure


Upon graduation, students will be able to apply for provisional registration with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia or apply for membership with the Australian Counselling Association and with the Australian Christian Counsellors Association
 

Before entering their clinical placement, students must have a current working with children check and a police clearance.


Where to get further information


Course Enquiries

Admissions

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: study@avondale.edu.au
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

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Fees

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students, see  www.studyassist.gov.au


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Scholarships

There are currently no scholarships available which are specific to this course. View all scholarship information.  http://www.avondale.edu.au/scholarships/

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