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Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling - 484AA

Course Code: 484AA
Course Version: 2
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Counselling
CRICOS Code: 003222F
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an academic IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent, with the following band scores of at least 7.0 for Writing and Speaking and no band score below 6.0 for Reading and Listening. Students who have undertaken all of their education in an English speaking country (as defined on UC website) are deemed to have met our English language proficiency requirements.

Make a difference

Do you want a career that makes a positive change in the lives of others? Become a professional counsellor with us. Our Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (GDCC) provides a supportive learning environment to develop your skills. 

Study our Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (GDCC) at UC and you will:

  • develop your skills and self awareness through hands-on learning.
  • learn a range of counselling models, including group and individual.
  • establish a personal research based and ethically informed approach. 

Career opportunities:

You will be equipped to work in a wide variety of counselling organisations and teams including:

  • drug and alcohol
  • youth
  • women's health
  • family support services. 

Important to know

Our GDCC must be studied on a part-time basis over 2 years. This is done to meet the training requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia's (PACFA) professional standards. You will then be eligible for membership of other associations who are members of PACFA. 

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person looking to study this course, please contact Rachel Harrigan, Faculty of Health General Manager, (02) 6201 2608.

Enquiries

Prospective Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au Ph 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students
Faculty of Health or Course Convener E student.centre@canberra.edu.au

Admission Requirements

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

Additional Admission Requirements

Students may be required to undergo Police Checks and Working with Children Checks to be accepted for a placement by an agency and to meet the requirements of the 6cp unit Counselling Placement and Supervision.

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants are expected to have qualifications, experience in an area of the human services such as teaching, nursing, pastoral care or welfare, as well as demonstrating fundamental capacities for professional relationships and self awareness.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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 Community Counselling GradDip CommunityCouns

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Community Counselling

Additional Placement Requirements

This course requires students to meet compulsory placement requirements prior to undertaking professional placement (Work-Integrated Learning) in a clinical or professional setting. For information on what these requirements are and how to meet these requirements, please visit www.canberra.edu.au/placement

Unit Delivery Modes

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

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $18,000 $29,000

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.

This course is closed to new admissions from the end of 2015. Please refer to Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 342JA.

Professional Accreditation

This course is designed as a professional qualification in counselling. It is a Professional Training Standard of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia that counsellor training is completed over a minimum of two years. Therefore this course is structured in part-time mode over 2 years for domestic students. Graduates of this course can apply for professional membership with organisations such as the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for Canberra and Regions (CAPA CAR).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates will be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of major evidence based, research informed theory and practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. 1. Communication:
Students will be able to:
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field effectively, in both oral and written form.
-communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts.

2. Analysis and Inquiry
Students will be able to:
- gather and present information using appropriate academic research skills.
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form.

3. Problem solving
Students will be able to:
- apply problem-solving processes to relevant issues and practice in the counselling field
- identify and analyse complex problems within the field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions
Graduates will have developed the capacity to analyse, critically evaluate and present information about counselling skills, models and theories. 1. Communication:
Students will be able to:
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, effectively in both oral and written form.
- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts

2. Analysis and Inquiry
Students will be able to:
- gather and present information using appropriate academic research skills,
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form

3. Problem solving
Students will be able to:
- apply problem-solving processes to relevant issues and practice in the counselling field
- identify and analyse complex problems within the field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions
Graduates will be able to demonstrate competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of contexts. 1. Communication:
Students will be able to:
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, effectively in both oral and written form.
- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts

3. Problem solving
Students will be able to:
- apply problem-solving processes to relevant issues and practice in the counselling field
- identify and analyse complex problems within the field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions

4. Working independently and with others
Students will be able to:
- undertake independent study, take initiative and demonstrate leadership
- work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a group
- respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
Students will be able to:
- act responsibly, ethically and professionally in the context of their profession and their obligations to the community and society
- demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural, social and developmental diversity
Graduates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of principles of ethical and professional practice and respect for all aspects of diversity. 2. Analysis and Inquiry
Students will be able to:
- gather and present information using appropriate academic research skills,
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form

3. Problem solving
Students will be able to:
- apply problem-solving processes to relevant issues and practice in the counselling field
- identify and analyse complex problems within the field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
Students will be able to:
- act responsibly, ethically and professionally in the context of their profession and their obligations to the community and society
- demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural, social and developmental diversity
Graduates will have increased their capacity for self-awareness and reflexive practice, necessary for effective interpersonal and therapeutic relationships 2. Analysis and Inquiry
Students will be able to:
- gather and present information using appropriate academic research skills,
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form

4. Working independently and with others
Students will be able to:
- will be able to undertake independent study, take initiative and demonstrate leadership
- work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a group
- respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
Students will be able to:
- act responsibly, ethically and professionally in the context of their profession and their obligations to the community and society
- demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural, social and developmental diversity
Graduates will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to an area of specialisation. 1. Communication:
Students will be able to:
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, effectively in both oral and written form.
- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts

2. Analysis and Inquiry
Students will be able to:
- gather and present information using appropriate academic research skills,
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form

3. Problem solving
Students will be able to:
- apply problem-solving processes to relevant issues and practice in the counselling field
- identify and analyse complex problems within the field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions

4. Working independently and with others
Students will be able to:
- undertake independent study, take initiative and demonstrate leadership
- work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a group
- respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender

5. Professionalism and social responsibility
Students will be able to:
- act responsibly, ethically and professionally in the context of their profession and their obligations to the community and society
- demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural, social and developmental diversity

Course Duration

Standard four semesters part-time. Maximum eight semesters. This course is only available for part-time enrolment.

Honours

None.

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

The Graduate Certificate in Community Counselling is subsumable into this award.

Government Support

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

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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