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Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GD072

CRICOS 072305J

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy offers students the opportunity to develop personal and professional wisdom as trained counsellors. Counsellors and psychotherapists improve people’s lives by helping them to explore their emotional and psychological issues in a safe and confidential environment.

The diploma comprises eight courses that provide a basic foundation in counselling skills and an introduction to professional practice. Courses reflect the latest developments in the field, and students are taught by academics with extensive experience working as professional counsellors.

Students participate in small group workshops to practise and improve key skills through case-based learning. Face-to-face learning allows students the opportunity to develop close working relationships with their cohort and academics, and the flexible nature of the program means students can choose to study full-time or part-time.

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, students can undertake further study with the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Studying counselling prepares professionals to work in a wide variety of fields including: careers counselling, education, child and family services, child protection services, youth work, family counselling, facilitating groups, and rehabilitation counselling. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3GD072
    Deferment No
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must provide the following additional information: ? a written statement of up to 500 words outlining the motivation for studying the programs ? names of two referees
    ? a current CV
    ? and attend an interview (by phone or skype) Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/pgcandp/application.html
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD072

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    CRICOS 072305J
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must provide the following additional information:

    • a written statement of up to 500 words outlining the motivation for studying the program

    • names of two referees

    • a current CV and

    • attend an interview (by phone or skype)

    Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/pgcandp/application.html


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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

     

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The clinical pathway of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to meet the training requirements for counselling practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). This enables graduates to apply for registration with the Counselling Association of South Australia and PACFA, and to be listed with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

    Potential careers

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete 4 core courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy and 4 elective courses in thematic areas in Counselling and Psychotherapy as approved by the program coordinator.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses - 4 courses

    Electives - Courses to the value of 12 units from the following:

    or

    other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another university which the Faculty approves in lieu of elective courses.

    Assessment

    Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017

 

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