Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (GDipCounsPsych)

Program Code


Academic Year


Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy consists of core and elective coursework to introduce students to the broad theoretical foundations and skills of counselling / psychotherapy. It will provide an introductory pathway to training in specific counselling / psychotherapy skills and modalities or provide training in a range of specific counselling / psychotherapy modalities to experienced counsellors.  The degree meets training requirements for practitioners as outlined by the Australian Counselling Association.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Identify the highest standards of contemporary counselling practice and research.
2. Critically analyse of the role of the counsellor in promoting client and community well-being.
3. Practice, reflect upon, and evaluate core counselling tasks and ethical decision-making.
4. Locate and analyse relevant theory, research and practice-based literature regarding best practice approaches to working with contemporary clinical issues for clients from diverse socio-cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including with indigenous individuals and communities.
5. Exhibit skills of the highest order in interpersonal understanding, communicationa and teamwork.
6. Demonstrate awareness of the need for continual professional and personal growth.

Conditions of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 21 units
  2. Closed Elective courses to the value of 3 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 21 units.

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 3
PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Counselling Workplace 3
PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment Processes in the Therapeutic Relationship 3
PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories 3
PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 3
PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief 3
PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications 3