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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Theory

  • Graduate Diploma

If you have a bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing or social work and at least three years' practical experience, this programme can broaden and advance your career.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jul, Mar
Domestic Fees
$7,848 per year

About this course

If you have a bachelors degree in education, counselling, nursing or social work and at least three years' practical experience, this programme can broaden and advance your career. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the theory and research that underpin counselling practice, and develop the skills necessary for effective counselling with diverse clients. You will undertake supervised practical counselling work in community settings. This programme can provide the foundation to pursue research at masters level. If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the Master of Counselling to complete the masters qualification. To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

Study locations

Epsom

Course structure

The PGDipCounsTh is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Counselling (MCouns).

If you complete the PGDipCounsTh with a GPA of 5 or higher in the most advanced courses taken, you can apply to enter into the second year of the MCouns to complete the masters qualification.

To do this, you must include a research methods course in your PGDipCounsTh study.

120-point taught masters

Requirement:

  • 90 points: Core courses in Professional Counselling:
    • Counselling Laboratory (PROFCOUN 701)
    • The Counselling Process (PROFCOUN 705)
    • Cultural Issues in Counselling (PROFCOUN 706)
    • Professional Issues in Counselling (PROFCOUN 708)
    • Research and Counselling (PROFCOUN 709)*
  • 30 points: Elective courses from:
    • Education Professional Studies (EDPROFST 700-757, 760-788)
    • Education (EDUC 702-764, 767)
    • Professional Counselling (PROFCOUN 700-704, 707, 710)
    • Professional Supervision (PROFSUPV 704, 713)
    • Social Work Health Practice: Working with Grief and Loss (SOCHLTH 732)
    • or a 700 level course in another subject as approved by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate)

See taught online and face-to-face courses available at the faculty for your programme.

* Research and Counselling (PROFCOUN 709) is a prerequisite for enrolment for students wishing to enrol in the Research Portfolio of the Master of Counselling Theory following the award of this postgraduate qualification.