Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Campus North Terrace Campus
Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD072
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).
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SATAC Code 3GD072 Mid-year entry Subject to availability Intake February and July Enquiries Ask AdelaideSATAC Code: 3GD072
CRICOS 072305J 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
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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Annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $25,000
Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,500
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 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:
- PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment Across the Lifespan
- 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 7019 Expressive Therapies: Creative Arts in Counselling
- PUB HLTH 7021 Hypnosis
- PUB HLTH 7024 Counselling of Children and Adolescents
- PUB HLTH 7091 Knowing What Works - Evaluation for Public Health
- PUB HLTH 7073 Indigenous Health
- PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health
other postgraduate coursework courses offered by the University or another university which the Faculty approves in lieu of elective courses.
Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments.
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Last updated: Friday, 13 Oct 2017