Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Applications are open for Semester 2. Apply now and study Counselling in 2013!
About the Course
The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is designed to equip individuals whose profession/employment calls for some mental health and wellness/strengths-based counselling (e.g. incidental counselling). Students are exposed to contemporary, counselling theory, with an emphasis on the development of practical skills relevant to a variety of counselling situations and challenging life issues.
- Face to face (on-campus) delivery in Drummoyne or our Central Coast Campus in Narara
- Delivery Mode: Weekend intensives and/or Evening Classes
- Duration: 1 year full-time or up to 2 years part-time
- Credit Points: 48 / Number of Units: 8
- Student Workload: 10 hours per unit per week (includes provision for personal study)
- FEE-HELP available
- Austudy approved
The postgraduate degree is particularly suited to (i) allied health care professionals (e.g. human services and social workers, occupational and speech therapists, psychology graduates), teachers, nurses, pastors and those working in ministry and mission fields desiring to effectively guide others within the context of their current role; and (ii) those considering a change of career or life direction and who want to work in a helping profession/capacity.
The School of Counselling provides a flexible timetable, allowing students to coordinate study with work, family and other commitments.
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Intakes are in January and July (with three round offers for Semester 1 and two round offers for Semester 2).
Applicants for admission must:
- provide evidence of completion of an accredited undergraduate degree, and
- demonstrate their suitability for counsellor training by means of written rationale, a written set of goals, and participation in an interactive workshop designed to explore interpersonal skills.
International Students: Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic test. See the Counselling Course Information Booklet for more details.
Graduates employ the counselling skills and knowledge gained through course in ways that allow them to function with increased effectiveness in their current role. As the Graduate Diploma is nested within the Master of Counselling, there are options to advance the Masters level, subject to satisfactory academic progression. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling also provides an optional exit award from the Master of Counselling Program.
Wesley Institute invites graduates of St. Mark’s National Theological Centre holding both an Advanced Diploma AND a Graduate Diploma of Counselling to apply for entry into Wesley Institute’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling (with the possibility of later articulation into the Institute’s Master of Counselling) .
- Combined, these St Mark’s awards meet the academic requirements for entry into the Graduate Diploma (subject to other normal admission requirements being met). Recognition of prior learning may be also granted, but any such applications will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis subject to applicants’ demonstrating competency either through a video sample of their work, a written exam, or both.
The Graduate Diploma Award can be completed at Drummoyne or our Central Coast Campus in Narara.
To find out more download the School of Counselling Course Information Booklet.