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Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 342JA

Course Code: 342JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Counselling
UAC Code: 880491
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
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 difference to the lives of many

This two-year part-time course is a professional qualification in counselling, offering a flexible pathway for entry-level ‘helping professionals’. Accredited by both the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), it also meets PACFA’s Professional Training Standards. You will study in a supportive learning environment with a focus on skills development and interactive teaching and will cover a range of counselling modalities all taught within research-informed and ethical frameworks and applicable to a variety of settings. With a focus on experiential learning, you will be offered a counselling placement and will participate in small group supervision on campus.

At the completion of your degree, you will be able to demonstrate competence in a range of counselling skills, including assessment, collaborative goal setting, reflective listening, empathy, change interventions and termination. You will graduate ready to work across a range of public, private and community sector organisations and teams, in areas such as health and family support services, drugs and alcohol, youth work, disability and mental health, or you can continue your studies with a Master of Counselling, available by enrolling in additional units. 

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

  • learn the skills to identify problems within the counselling field and implement ethical and realistic solutions
  • communicate your knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and interdisciplinary contexts
  • exhibit an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect all aspects of diversity
  • demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to counselling
  • display a high level of understanding of major evidence-based research theory and current practices in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a central component of this course and you will undertake at least 260 hours in a counselling placement within an appropriate agency, which often leads to direct employment opportunities for our students. You will also attend field seminars on professional issues and, in conjunction with your agency placement, you may be able to receive practical experience at UC’s on-campus Student Led Counselling Clinic, located in the Health Hub, where you would provide counselling to adult individuals under the close supervision of a qualified counsellor and UC educator.

During your course, you will also participate in and facilitate group sessions using major models of counselling, acquiring unique experiential learning by being both a participant and facilitator of a group. You will be eligible to become a member of UC’s PG Counselling Courses Advisory Group which meets two or three times a year, and upon graduation will be encouraged to join professional associations such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) to obtain your accreditation as a counsellor.

Career opportunities

  • Counsellor
  • Youth worker
  • Social worker
  • Community educator
  • Welfare worker
  • Mediation facilitator
  • Private practitioner
  • Family support counsellor
  • Relationship counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Prison counsellor
  • Financial counsellor
  • Telephone counsellor
  • School guidance counsellor
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Career counsellor
  • Bereavement counsellor

Course-specific information

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 in a ‘helping role’ (paid or voluntary)
  • submit a CV, including two referees
  • attend a pre-admission interview at the University.

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.

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.

Students are required to undergo Working with Vulnerable People registration and a Police Check to meet the requirements of some course units.

This course has been accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), and has been designed to meet PACFA’s Professional Training Standards. Following successful completion of the degree you can apply for membership to PACFA and/or ACA. Depending on your professional experience, you may apply for listing on the PACFA register as a counsellor.

A clear study pathway exists between this degree and the Master of Counselling. Students who have completed this course may apply and receive credit for units within the master’s course.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
Faculty of Health or Course Convener E student.centre@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Students - Domestic
e study@canberra.edu.au P 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Prospective Students - International
E international@canberra.edu.au P +61 2 6201 5342 F +61 2 6201 5040 W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students

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.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Notes for Domestic Applicants

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

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Diploma in Counselling GD Couns

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


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.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 YES NO

Offerings

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

Enrolment Numbers

View course numbers for previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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