Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD072
CRICOS 072305J

Help clients make headway

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.

What will you do?

  • Undertake eight courses reflecting the latest developments in the field.
  • Learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience.
  • Build hands-on skills through experiential learning.
  • Benefit from case-based learning in small group workshops.
  • Gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate eligible for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and registration with the Australian Counselling Association. You could support young people in your community through programs in schools or youth work. You might run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a wellbeing centre. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 3GD072
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Quotas 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 the SATAC application). - attend an interview. 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.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD072

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Quotas 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.


    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,500

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500

    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

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete 6 core courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy and 2 elective courses in thematic areas 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 18 units 

    Electives Courses- to the value of 6 units 

    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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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 3 Jan 2019