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Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Postgraduate Course

About this Course

The Graduate Diploma 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 year of the Master of Counselling Practice course.

The course is designed to build self-awareness and your capacity to relate to and engage with the broad range of clients in need of counselling 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.

Building on your previous study, the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of foundational theories in counselling. The many specialisation subjects available will help you more effectively customise the delivery of your counselling, depending on situations and contexts.

Counselling can change lives for the better.  If you want to turn your counselling awareness into a career or if you are seeking a pathway in a Counselling Masters degree, the Graduate Diploma may be the right path for you.

Professional Outcomes

Graduates will find work in counselling and counselling-related disciplines across a wide variety of government and/or non-government agencies.

Course Structure

7 Subjects total
6 Core
1 Specialisation


Counselling Skills
Counselling Theories and Practice
Working with Mental Health
Professional Ethics
Counselling Theories and Practice
Human Lifespan Development


Relationship Counselling
Postgraduate only
Child and Adolescent Counselling
Working with Trauma, Grief and Loss
Emotion Focused Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Creative Therapy Approaches in Counselling
Readings in Counselling Studies

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?

1 year 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

Exit Points

Graduate Certificate in Counselling after 6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.

Course Codes

Tabor: SS814C
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

Make an Enquiry

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267
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