Graduate Diploma of Counselling & Psychotherapy
The Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides students with training in key therapeutic modalities and interventions. With its strong vocational emphasis, it helps students learn how to integrate theoretical constructs, gain increased personal knowledge, increase their insight and understanding, apply advanced therapeutic techniques, observational, and practice skills.
The course includes theoretical knowledge of contemporary psychotherapies, including humanistic-existential approaches, the cognitive behavioural therapies, thorough assessment process and brief interventions, case conceptualisation and treatment planning, and development of professional ethical stance founded on the current ethical and legal regulations and best practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
|Location: Hawthorn East||Intake: Semester 1 each year|
|Delivery: Full Time and Part Time||Fees: Fee information can be found here|
|Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time||FEE-HELP: Yes|
|CRICOS Course Code: 092968D||Course Code: CP082|
Course Duration and Structure
This one-year full time, or two-year part-time program, consists of 100 credit points, including 50 credit points from the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Students undertake a total of eight units of study consisting of seven coursework units and one placement unit.
|CPc1||Psychotherapeutic Theories and Models|
|CPc4||Facilitating Therapeutic Change|
|CPc5||Cognitive Behavioural Therapies|
|DPc7||Assessment Process in Counselling and Psychotherapy|
|DPc2||Ethics and Professional Development|
|DPc3||Counselling Placement 1|
For unit descriptions, please click here.
Entrance into the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy requires:
- An Australian Bachelor degree (AQF 7) in a related discipline (teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology, counselling or similar) with at least a 60% average marks.
- An Australian Bachelor degree in any discipline with at least a 60% average marks AND relevant work experience or completion of The Cairnmillar Institute’s Introduction to Counselling Skills and Advanced Counselling Skills short courses.
- A Diploma (AQF 5) or Advanced Diploma (AQF 6) AND at least one year of work experience in a relevant field.
Prospective students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page, with certified copies of the following supporting documentation:
- Most recent academic transcripts
- A current curriculum vitae
- A 500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for wanting to undertake the course
- Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
- Two references, preferably with at least one academic, using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.
Prospective students who are short-listed will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty. This provides the applicant with the opportunity to discuss any questions they have about the course of study.
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.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Students who satisfactorily complete the course will have achieved advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas of study:
- The ability to facilitate the therapeutic process according to established the client’s focused goals.
- The skills to conduct risks assessment and apply crisis intervention skills and management.
- Understanding of relational dynamics and capacity for effective human relatedness that facilitates change.
- An awareness of the impact of the self on others and the development of relational intelligence, sensitivity, resilience and respect.
- The ability to understand and practice within the PACFA Code of Ethics and Professional Guidelines.
- Developed capacity to be self-reflective and learn from experience.
- Acquired knowledge of applying alternative modes of working with clients, including the use of real-time internet platforms within ethical guidelines.
- Awareness and understanding of the range of human diversity and social, cultural, economic and psychological contextual influences.
- Respect and acknowledgment of indigenous history and culture.
Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including community health and community services organisations, the health professions, rehabilitation providers, human resource management, child protection, family support counselling services, allied clinics and services, and private practice.
Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for direct entry into the second year of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.