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Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 342JA

Course Code: 342JA
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Counselling
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an Overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Make a real difference to your client’s lives

This part-time course offers a flexible pathway for entry-level ‘helping professionals’ and meets the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s professional training standards. With a focus on experiential learning, you’ll be offered a range of both individual and group counselling placements, attend field seminars and participate in small group supervision on campus (a great way to meet your fellow study buddies). You’ll be able to work in a wide variety of community counselling organisations, including in the areas of drug and alcohol, youth, women’s health and family support services.

Study a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at UC and you will:

  • learn the the skills to identify and analyse problems within the counselling field and formulate and implement ethical and realistic solutions
  • communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect for all aspects of diversity
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to an area of specialisation.
  • be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of major evidence based research theory and current practices in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Graduate Diploma in Counselling graduates in a range of community, government and private organisations, including in roles such as:

  • community or welfare worker
  • health care professional
  • mediation facilitator
  • private practitioner
  • relationship counsellor
  • youth worker

Course specific information

Students must have an undergraduate degree or the equivalent in a relevant discipline as approved by the University, demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant experience (paid or voluntary), submit a CV including two referees and attend a pre-admission interview at the University.

Students are also required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People check and a police check to meet the requirements of the Counselling Placement and Supervision, Advanced Counselling Skills and Supervision Field Experience units.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline as approved by the University; demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant experience, paid or voluntary by submission of a CV including 2 referees; and attend a pre-admission interview at the University of Canberra.

Additional Admission Requirements

Students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People check and police check to be accepted for placement by an agency to meet the requirements of the Counselling Placement and Supervision unit, Advanced Counselling Skills unit and Supervision Field Experience unit.

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a level of mature life experience and self-awareness shown by the capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, including being open to positive and challenging feedback.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

This course is only available on a part-time basis.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.


Professional Accreditation

This course is designed as a professional qualification in counselling and meets the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia?s Professional Training Standards. The Graduate Diploma in Counselling has been accredited by Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Following successful completion of the degree you can apply for membership to PACFA and/or ACA. Graduates of this course may apply for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) register as a counsellor (depending on their professional experience and supervision).

Students can join directly with PACFA and/or ACA. For more information see http://www.pacfa.org.au/membership/individual-pacfa-membership/ or http://www.theaca.net.au/becoming-a-member.php

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- act responsibly and ethically in the context of the counselling profession and their obligations to the community and society;
- identify and analyse problems within the counselling field and formulate and implement ethical and realistic solutions;
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in the counselling field effectively, in both oral and written;
- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts;
- gather, analyse and interpret information using appropriate academic research skills; and
- analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form.
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.
UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload; and
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling:
- respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender;
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect for all aspects of diversity; and
- understand and use technology effectively in research and counselling practice.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; and
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to:
- be able to demonstrate competence in a variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of contexts analyse, critically evaluate and present information about counselling skills, models and theories; and
- be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to an area of specialisation.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
In addition to the above, Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- undertake independent study, take initiative and demonstrate leadership;
- work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a multidisciplinary group; and
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in Counselling practice, in written and oral form.
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.

UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload; and
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling:

- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives; and
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to:
- be able to demonstrate competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of complex; and
- be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of major evidence based, research informed theory and current practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
- evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters part-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Community Counselling is an exit award.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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