Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC056
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy provides students with an introduction to the theory and skills that underpin a rewarding career in counselling. Offering recognition for prior learning, the certificate is suited to people who have been working in a counselling role without an undergraduate qualification and wish to extend their knowledge and skills with a tertiary qualification.
Comprising four courses in counselling skills, the certificate offers a choice of full-time or part-time study options. Students participate in small group workshops to practise and improve key skills through case-based learning. Face-to-face classes and teaching methods allow students to develop close working relationships with their cohort and academics.
Graduates have the option to continue their studies with the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. With further studies or additional qualifications, students receive training to be counselling professionals and 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.
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SATAC Code 3GC056 Intake February and July Enquiries Ask AdelaideSATAC Code: 3GC056
CRICOS 072306G Intake February and July
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: $12,500 for 6 months
Tuition fee International student place: $17,250 for 6 months
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
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
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Students complete 4 core 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 - Select courses to the value of 12 units (4 courses) from the following:
- PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health
- PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills
- PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace
- PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment Across the Lifespan
- PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories
- PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills
- PUB HLTH 6019 Overview of Mental Health
- PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief
- PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- PUB HLTH 7007 Interpersonal Therapy
- PUB HLTH 7005 Narrative Approaches to Counselling
- PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications
- PUB HLTH 7013 Family & Relationships Counselling
- PUB HLTH 7024 Counselling of Children and Adolescents
- PUB HLTH 7019 Expressive Therapies: Creative Arts in Counselling
- PUB HLTH 7021 Hypnosis
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, 1 Jan 2018