Graduate Certificate of Counselling

If you’d like to take your career further, a Graduate Certificate from JNI could be for you. In just six months this nationally recognised course will give you the training you’ll need to work as a counsellor in fields such as youth work, family support and conflict resolution.

You will work with highly regarded experts in the field and will have the opportunity to undertake to develop plenty of practical experience.

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At a glance

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Meets Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia training standards.


Undergraduate degree or Diploma / Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, plus relevant professional experience.


NSW - Sydney

Course length
Accelerated: 4 months | Full-time: 7 months
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing & clinical training
Start date

Six start dates per year.

Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) provides flexible, industry-based training in counselling and psychotherapy.

The college has a strong reputation in the industry for producing highly competent graduates.

Jansen Newman Institute courses feature:

  • Practical training – so you graduate with the skills to step into a job
  • Flexible study options – so you can fit study around your life
  • The option to study at an accelerated rate – so you can finish your course sooner and start your career

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd (RTO 0269) trading as Jansen Newman Institute


The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


Applicants must have either:

  • Completed a Bachelor degree in a *related field and have at least 2 years relevant professional experience in a *related field; or
  • Be over 18 years of age and completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associated Degree in a *related field and have at least 4 years of extensive work experience in a related field*; or
  • Have 5 years extensive relevant work experience in a *related field where at least two years in the position has demonstrated responsibility and accountability for their own personal output.
  • Applicants are required to attend an interview, provide two referees and a 400 word written statement on why they want to do this course.

* Related fields include psychology, social work, teaching, nursing, welfare, counselling, rehabilitation counselling or behavioural sciences.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Theories and practices of counselling
  • Psychology
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Professional practice

Course structure

4 units


  1. Understanding social and emotional behaviour across the lifespan: An introduction to developmental psychology

    The unit introduces you to the field of developmental psychology and explores why people do what they do, and what drives or motivates human behaviour.

    You will examine the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death in their social and cultural contexts. The unit also examines the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

  2. Theories & practices of counselling

    You are required to explore an eclectic approach to theories, modalities and practice skills and this unit of study sets the foundation for this work. In this unit, you are introduced to a selection of influential counselling theories, including:

    • Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories
    • Person-centred therapy
    • Existential therapy
    • Gestalt therapy
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Feminist therapy
    • Solution-focused therapy
    • Narrative therapy

    You will participate in different experiential learning scenarios to develop your understanding of the range of counselling interventions available to you from each of the counselling theories presented. This unit also establishes a firm foundation for the concepts and techniques developed in later units.

  3. Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication

    This unit explores the nature of interpersonal communication in its many guises with a survey of the different communication channels and barriers to effective communication. You will be required to consider the role of self and culture in interpersonal communication, and the part that perception, listening and reflection play. You will also be given the opportunity to examine how different types of relationships (family, work, personal) can be enhanced through more effective communication.

  4. The counsellor: Ethics, legal & professional issues

    This unit will provide you with the opportunity to explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when working as a professional in a therapeutic context. You will be expected to engage with the topic to such a level that you can articulate your ethical position and what you consider to be moral behaviour in the therapeutic relationship. Professional standards for counsellors and counselling practice will be identified and implications for professional practice determined.

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

Jansen Newman Institute offers a comprehensive support for all students.

You will receive one-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills.


This Graduate Certificate of Counselling has been designed to specifically address the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) training standards. 

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