Graduate Certificate in Counselling

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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.

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 units 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


Course Learning Outcomes


Graduates of a Graduate Certificate in Counselling will: 

  • Demonstrate specialized theoretical and technical knowledge relevant to contemporary counselling practice 


Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will be able to:  

  • Evaluate counselling theories in the light of contemporary scholarship and the Christian tradition, and with a view to their applicability to counselling practice 
  • Analyse common client issues and identify solutions in ways which serve to serve support client wellbeing and flourishing  
  • Engage in therapeutic conversation with clients, utilising appropriate counselling skills, autonomy,  judgement, adaptability and responsibility  

Application of Knowledge and Skills  

  • Communicate their conclusions and professional decisions to clients and human service professionals 
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Course Structure


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Where can I study?

You can study on campus at Adelaide – Millswood SA, or partially online with online plus.

Field education placement is a requirement of this course and is offered at:

Adelaide – Millswood SA

How long does it take?

6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?


Successful completion of a 3-year Bachelor’s degree with a Credit average of at least 5.0, or approved equivalent.


  • Current CV
  • Transcripts from previous academic studies
  • Prospective students need to be able to demonstrate the presence of a set of human capacities as a pre-requisite for acceptance into a Counselling course at Tabor. This is demonstrated in two ways:
    1. A personal statement – addressing your motivation to study counselling and your choice of Tabor as an institution (500 words). We recommend that this statement be written as a first-person narrative that discusses your skills, personal qualities and experiences that will assist your development into an exceptional counsellor.
    2. An intake interview – applicants must attend an interview in which they demonstrate capacities for counselling including self-awareness, relational abilities, ethical understanding, and the ability to reflect on experience and be open to feedback.

How much does it cost?

Learn more about
fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


Tabor: SSE14C
SATAC: Not applicable

Postgraduate Course

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267