Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Gain an awareness of social, legal and ethical issues necessary to develop your counselling skills. Upon completion, you'll be able to apply counselling skills and strategies in a variety of settings.

This postgraduate diploma is ideal if you already have an undergraduate degree and need a qualification to work in the field of counselling.

You can choose study the whole course on-campus, or study partly on-campus and partly online. 

The course includes 200 hours of supervised work placement, where you can put theory into practice and gain valuable work experience.

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Australian College of Applied Psychology (RTO 0500)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia & meets intern membership requirements.


Undergraduate degree or equivalent


NSW - Sydney

QLD - Brisbane

VIC - Melbourne

SA - Adelaide

Work placement

200 hours in total

Course length
Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 4 years
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Essays, projects & presentations. No exams.
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Australian College of Applied Psychology (RTO 0500)
Payment options

Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

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  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited Higher Education Provider, OR
  • Completion of a Higher Education Advanced Diploma and relevant work experience, OR
  • Completion of an Associate Degree in a similar field of study and relevant work experience, AND
  • Completion of a Counselling Applicant Screening Questionnaire, AND
  • Completion of a National Criminal History Record check within 30 days of accepting the offer

What you'll learn

You will learn to apply the theoretical and ethical foundations of counselling to a range of practical situations, while also learning about conflict management, Mental Health Issues and developmental psychology.

Classes for this counselling course are small and interactive, and focus on hands-on learning. The curriculum is developed and updated in consultation with industry, so you are work ready upon completion and able to apply your skills immediately.

Work placement

This course includes a total of 200 hours of professional work placement.

This industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

12 units

Year 1

  1. Counselling Practice

  2. Counselling Theories

  3. Cross Cultural Counselling

  4. Counselling over the Lifespan

  5. Ethical Decision-making

Year 2

  1. Counselling Skills & Models

  2. Grief Counselling

  3. Mental Health Practice

  4. Counselling Placement & Supervision 1

  5. Counselling Placement & Supervision 2


  1. Alcohol & Other Drugs Counselling

  2. Narrative Therapy

  3. Creative Therapies

  4. Groupwork Theory & Practice

  5. Family Counselling

  6. Trauma Counselling


This Graduate Diploma of Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), and gives you the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to work as a counsellor. 

On successful completion of this course, you'll be eligible to apply for intern membership on the PACFA register. 

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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