The Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy introduces students to the foundational concepts and skills required to practice counselling. The course provides training in specific counselling modalities, enabling students to develop a foundational understanding, communication and practical skills required when working with people in a wide range of different professions. When completing this course, students will be able to add specific counselling knowledge and skills to their present work-related skills and to enhance self-understanding.

Students are trained in the application of counselling skills through in-class peer practice, a discussion of case material, participating in intensive and regular small reflective group practice and clinical observation.

This course has been designed for students with any undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of study, skills and experience in any discipline looking to enter the counselling and psychotherapy study and career pathway.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate can apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma may lead to entry to a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Graduates will learn additional communication and relational skills that may enhance their current work skills. Employment in community health and community services organisations will be possible.


Location: Online  Intake: March and June 2021 intake only
Delivery: Full Time and Part Time Fees: $900 per unit with Commonwealth supported places (CSPs)
Duration: 12 Months Part Time (March intake)
6 months Full Time (June intake)
HECS-HELP: Available if eligible 
Course Code: CP083 Application Type: Domestic only

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Course Duration and Structure

This one-year part-time program that consists of 50 credit points. Students undertake a total of four units of study.

One Year Part Time
CAP401 Psychotherapeutic Theories and Models
CAP402 Person-Centred Counselling
CAP404 Facilitating Therapeutic Change
CAP405 Cognitive Behavioural Therapies


Admission Criteria

Applicants must have completed an Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. 

For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page. Supporting documentation requirements are listed in the Applications Portal. 

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Graduate Learning Outcomes

Students who satisfactorily complete the course will have achieved advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas of study:

  • Knowledge of the range of counselling theories and practice.
  • Understanding the importance of establishing the therapeutic relationship.
  • The capacity to relate in a way to facilitate change.
  • An awareness of the impact of the self on others and the development of relational intelligence, sensitivity, resilience and respect.
  • The capacity to be self-reflective and learn from experience.
  • Understand the impact of gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion, race and ethnicity on therapy.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students may only be given credit for any coursework if it is from a successfully completed approved course at the appropriate Australian AQF postgraduate level.

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