Counselling

Discipline

Our counselling courses will give you the tools to make a difference in people's lives. Whether you want to launch a career in counselling or develop existing skills in a related field like teaching or social work, you'll graduate ready to confidently put your knowledge into practice.

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Get work-ready

Valuable counselling placement opportunities are embedded within our graduate diploma, which will equip you with practical counselling experience and enable you to develop professional networks that will support your future employability. You'll be exposed to direct client contact, supervision, and non-contact counselling related activities to provide you well-rounded expertise.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Career opportunities

Our counselling courses have a particular focus on telecounselling and counselling diversity, both of which are of increasing importance and experiencing higher demand in Australia and globally. As a graduate, you will be armed with practical knowledge and expertise relating to:

  • counselling micro-skills
  • mental health issues
  • professionals practice issues
  • human development
  • multicultural counselling
  • counselling therapies
  • ethics.

If you have a high degree of empathy and well-developed listening skills, considering a new career in counselling could be the area you've been searching for. There is growing demand for counselling skills across a range of occupations related to mental health, disability, allied health and social support services, with an expected strong increase in that demand over the next five years.##

Our courses are also an opportunity for those wanting to develop counselling expertise to support their current role and grow employment opportunities. Prepare to expand your expertise and provide additional forms of care if you're working in careers from teaching to occupational therapy, social work and beyond.

Find out where a counselling course could take you

Study on your terms

Our courses are delivered via our premium online learning platform and can be studied part time, meaning you can study in a way that fits around your lifestyle and at your own pace. Begin with the graduate certificate, then progress to our graduate diploma if you'd like to further your knowledge.

Note: The Graduate Diploma of Counselling will be offered from T1, 2022. Students wanting to complete the graduate diploma can begin in 2021 with the graduate certificate.

Industry recognition

Our Graduate Diploma of Counselling will seek accreditation with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). While accreditation isn’t needed for graduates to work as a counsellor in Australia, employment opportunities can increase if you have membership of the ACA.

The courses have been built from the ground up based on cutting- edge counselling philosophy and research, taught by counselling practitioners with experience in the field."

Tristan Snell

Senior Lecturer/Counselling Psychologist

Support those in need

Learn to effectively and compassionately support people with mental health and developmental issues. There's growing demand for mental health professionals to work in a variety of contexts, supporting people with relationship, social, educational, occupational and other life challenges.

Counsellor or psychologist?

Our counselling courses are designed to ensure you are ready to work as a counsellor in a range of settings where you'll provide advice and information on mental health and developmental issues. Counselling is an ideal career for those wanting to provide support to people in the specific context of therapy, whether that be in-person or via teleconference. Accreditation isn't a compulsory requirement for graduates working as counsellors in Australia.

A psychologist can work in similar settings to a counsellor, and can also work in other areas. To become a registered psychologist, you need to complete a four-year undergraduate psychology sequence, as well as two years of postgraduate study in psychology, all accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Psychologists must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and can specialise in areas such as clinical psychology, counselling psychology, forensic psychology and organisational psychology.

Footnotes

*2019 Student Experience Survey, based on undergraduate students
**Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner for most popular career service in Australia 
#ARWU Rankings 2020
^Australian Graduate Recruitment Industry Awards, 2017, 2018, 2019 winner
~According to the Voice Project IT Service Quality Support Benchmark Survey
^^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)
##Australian Government Job Outlook