Graduate Diploma of Counselling

A rewarding career in helping others awaits you with a one-year Graduate Diploma from JNI.

You will learn the fundamentals of being a counsellor – from clinical work to social psychology and communication with patients, this course will give you the extensive training you need to work in this field.

There is plenty of opportunity for hands-on training both with organisations and at the on-campus clinic. You will train with experts in the field and receive a nationally recognised qualification from one of the most respected learning institutions in the country.

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Meets Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia training standards.


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


NSW - Sydney

Work placement

160 hours in total

Course length
Accelerated: 7 months | Full-time: 1 year | Part-time: 2 years
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Written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing & clinical training
Start date

Six start dates per year.

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

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Applicants must have either:

  • Completed a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a *related field and have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience in a *related field; or
  • Completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associated Degree in a *related field and have at least 4 years of work experience in a *related field.

The applicant is required to attend an interview, provide two referees and a 400 word written statement on why they want to do this course.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Clinical work
  • Ethics
  • Social psychology
  • Counselling practices

Work placement

This course includes a total of 160 hours of professional work placement.

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

Course structure

Core units

  1. Understanding social and emotional behaviour across the lifespan – an introduction to developmental psychology

  2. Theories & practices of counselling

  3. Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication

  4. The counsellor: Ethics, legal & professional issues

  5. Mental health: Therapeutic assessment and intervention in therapy

  6. Practicum 2: Clinical placement

  7. Practicum 3: Integrating theory into clinical practice

Elective units

  1. Advanced social research methods

  2. Positive psychology & coaching

  3. Cognitive behaviour therapy

  4. Working with complex presentations

  5. Focusing

  6. Introduction to somatics

  7. Working with young people

  8. Responding to complex trauma and sexual abuse

Support and delivery

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

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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