Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Course Code2036
Course duration /
Study mode

One year part-time.

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


LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

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The Graduate Certificate in Counselling provides students with both the experiential and theoretical foundation to function as professional counsellors in Australia. Posited in a Christian worldview, this supportive course emphasises the common factors essential to counselling, introduces various counselling methods, and builds basic and advanced counselling skills. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational counselling skills matched to client need, with due attention to developmental stages and relevant cultural and spiritual issues.
  • Articulate a current body of theoretical knowledge upon which to build competent clinical practice.
  • Integrate and apply spiritual and psychotherapeutic perspectives to particular client presentations.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate 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


To qualify for admission, you must have completed:

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 Bachelor's degree (or higher) from an accredited university or higher education provider; or
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 7 or higher


Applicants with an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 8 qualification (or higher) in a cognate area may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Refer to the Advanced Standing Policy for more information.


The Graduate Certification in Counselling is available to domestic students and international students studying outside of Australia. The course is unavailable to international students in Australia on a student visa.


Applicant's who completed their bachelor's degree (or overseas equivalent) in a language other than English must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band below 6.0.

Course Structure

Units for Graduate Certificate in Counselling


Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Name of Unit

Sem 1

CNSL41100 (Compulsory)
Fundamentals of Counselling

CNSL41110 (Compulsory)

Psychotherapy and Counselling Theories



Sem 2

CNSL41120 (Compulsory)

Spiritual Perspectives on Emotional Disorders

CNSL41160 (Elective)

Introduction to Psychology for Counselling

CNSL41200 (Elective)
Interpersonal Approach and Treatment Strategies

CNSL41240 (Elective)

Systemic and Family Therapy Approaches


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

Practical Experience

None applicable.

Registration and Self-Disclosure

The Graduate Certificate is not a stand alone qualification and thus upon completion graduates are not able to join a professional counselling association without additional training.

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


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