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Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Postgraduate Course

About this Course

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling has been developed to allow those with a previous undergraduate qualification/s to continue developing skills for effective interpersonal engagement. The qualification also serves as a pathway as the subjects comprise the first semester of the Master of Counselling Practice course.

The course is designed to build self-awareness and your capacity to relate to and engage with a broad range of clients in need of support.  However, there are other significant benefits to developing your communication and counselling skills, with relevance to a broad range of human service contexts such as counselling, teaching, nursing and ministry.  The course will also benefit individuals involved in community development, customer service roles, human resource management and youth work.

Building on your previous study, the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will introduce you to counselling theories grounded in research, as well as the skills for applying such theories in varying contexts.

Counselling aims to change lives for the better.  If you want to improve your counselling awareness through a formal qualification or if you are seeking a pathway in a Counselling Masters degree, then the Graduate Certificate could be the next step in your journey.

Professional Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate further enhances communication and practical counselling skills appropriate to a broad range of human service contexts such as relationship counselling organisations, community welfare centres, drug and alcohol agencies, church agencies, and private practice.

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling consists of four (4) core counselling subjects. Students may choose from the following options:

  • Counselling Skills*
  • Introduction to Counselling Theories
  • Counselling Theories and Practice*
  • Working with Mental Health
  • Professional Ethics
  • Human Lifespan Development

*Prerequisites apply to these subjects.

Pathway options can be discussed with the course advisor at enrollment.

What do I need for entry?

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of a 3-year Bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 5.0, or approved equivalent.

How long does it take?

6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus and partially online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Course Codes

Tabor: SSE14C
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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