Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Course Code 2035
CRICOS Code TBA
Course duration /
Study mode

Two years full-time (or part-time equivalent with up to six years to complete)

On-campus or distance education (distance/online option includes intensives on-campus)

 

Location Avondale Lake Macquarie Campus
Fee Support

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

About


The Graduate Diploma in Counselling 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 with both the experiential and theoretical foundation to function as professional counsellors in Australia. Posited in a Christian worldview, this supportive, two-year course emphasises the common factors essential to counselling, introduces various counselling methods, and builds basic and advanced counselling skills. The Graduate Diploma in Counselling also introduces students to research in the science of counselling and provides a one-year clinical placement. An application for accreditation of the course with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is planned as the course is designed to meet the requirements of PACFA but it should be noted that accreditation is not yet in place given the recency of the course commencement.

 


Career Opportunities


Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will allow the student to be industry ready and to seek employment in a counselling or counselling related position such as:

  • School counselling
  • Gambling counselling
  • Private practice
  • Telephone counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Drug and alcohol counselling
  • Welfare and youth work counselling

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


An application for accreditation of the course with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is planned as the course is designed to meet the requirements of PACFA but it should be noted that accreditation is not yet in place given the recency of the course commencement. This would then allow a graduate to obtain provisional registration and work towards full clinical registration. Until course accreditation is granted, gradates can still apply direct to PACFA for provisional registration.


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

Student Experience Survey

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

Fees

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


View current information on tuition fees

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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