Students who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy should have the professional capabilities to: 

  • Critically review and effectively utilise the knowledge of the major schools of counselling and psychotherapy and relevant research in counselling assessment and treatment planning while working with a range of presenting problems across the life span. 
  • Develop therapeutic alliance, select, and apply effective counselling processes and interventions to facilitate change and achieve clients’ goals. 
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented practice in working with people with mental health problems. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the PACFA Code of Ethics, professional conduct guidelines and the relevant legal State and Commonwealth Acts in identifying and resolving ethical dilemmas. 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, reflectiveness and relating to others by respecting all aspects of diversity and current life context.