Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellors support others in exploring and overcoming emotional, mental and lifestyle issues. Counselling is a rewarding career choice for those who want to work with people, develop personal wisdom and transform lives.
Because our graduate certificate offers recognition for prior learning, it’s well suited to people who’ve worked in counselling-related roles before.
What will you do?
- Undertake two core courses and two electives.
- Learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience.
- Practise and improve key skills through case-based learning.
- Build theoretical understandings.
Where could it take you?
You’ll have the option to continue your studies with the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. With further training under your belt, you could run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a wellbeing centre. You might support young people in your community through roles and programs in schools or youth work. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.
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SATAC Code 3GC056 Intake February Enquiries Future Students teamSATAC Code: 3GC056
CRICOS 072306G Intake February
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
Academic Entry Requirements
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Additional Entry RequirementsQuotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank. All applicants must provide the following additional information: - a resume that includes academic transcripts (this must be uploaded as part of your application). - attend an interview (by phone or skype). Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) check. International students are required to obtain a certificate from their home country.
Fees and Scholarships
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Tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $12,750 for 12 units
Tuition fees International student place: $18,250 for 12 units
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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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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).
Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist
Students complete 2 core courses and 2 elective courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Core Courses - to the value of 6 units
Elective Courses- to the value of 6 units
- PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Counselling Workplace
- PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment Across the Lifespan
- PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2
- PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health
- PUB HLTH 7300OL Developing a Research Proposal
Recommended study plan Year 1
PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1
PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories
PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan
PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments.
Further StudyThe Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy are a nested suite of degrees, allowing for entry and exit at three different points:
Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
• 6 months (full time)
• 4 courses (12 units)
exit point or can lead into: Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
• + 6 months (full time)
• 8 courses (additional 12 units)
exit point or can lead into: Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
• + 12 months (full time)
• Clinical (Placement) or Research (Thesis) (additional 24 units)
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Last updated: Monday, 14 Jan 2019