Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Why study the Graduate Diploma in Counselling at UNE?
The Graduate Diploma in Counselling prepares graduates to work as university-qualified registered counsellors in a diverse range of counselling contexts. Combining online study with mandatory intensive schools in a blended learning format, the course is ideally suited to individuals with a prior degree in any discipline wishing to gain an industry-recognised, tertiary-level qualification whilst continuing to meet their work and family commitments. As part of the award, students can complete either the Generalist Counselling Pathway or the Counselling Placement Pathway which includes 40 hours of face-to-face counselling; 10 hours of clinical supervision and 150 hours of agency-based activities. The course provides a direct pathway to the Master of Counselling at UNE and is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a national peak association, and Australia's largest single registration body for counsellors and psychotherapists. Student membership with the ACA is available while undertaking the course, with professional membership eligibility after graduation. Graduates who engage in ongoing professional development are also eligible to be listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), an independent national register of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
Employment opportunities in the public, private and community counselling, health, education and human services sectors.
Up to 4 years Part-time
CSP (quotas apply)
2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online
CSP (quotas apply)
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All domestic students apply through the link belowFor more information, click here
International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).For more information, click here
Mandatory Intensive schools are a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.
A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree in any relevant* discipline; or
(c) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant* professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant* professional experience and training undertaken in the past 10 years.
*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: counselling, psychology, social work, nursing, teaching, human resources, life coaching, community services, children's services, youth work, care for the aged, care for the disabled, residential client care, welfare studies, human welfare services, pastoral care and medicine.
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This course aims to equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge and practice-based counselling skills.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Knowledge of a Discipline
Students will adopt a culturally sensitive, global perspective during the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills in counselling.
Students will increase their English language proficiency by developing communication skills to build empathic relationships with clients based on approaches outlined and the ability to critically reflect on the use of these skills.
Students will develop their ability to review, analyse and critically reflect on knowledge and identify appropriate ways to support clients with complex issues.
Students will increase their capacity to critically evaluate the sources and validity of relevant information and their ability to think critically and evaluate complex ideas and experiences, using specialised techniques.
Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
Students will increase their capacity to reason, practice and behave in an ethically sound and socially responsible manner towards their clients, colleagues and the wider community.
Students will expand their capacity to take responsibility and be accountable for personal and professional practice as a counsellor through self-reflexive practice.
Independence and Collaboration
Students will extend their understanding of the importance of both effective, multi-disciplinary teamwork and the capacity for competent independent practice when working with clients, their families and the community.