Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping human beings in distress. In counselling, clients learn and change within a dedicated helping relationship, in which high levels of skill, sensitivity, self knowledge and ethical conduct are required of the helper.
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is aimed at those who hold an existing degree in a recognised helping profession, and are already working in counselling, but who wish to upgrade their level of basic skills in this demanding area via a sequenced, cumulative training in basic skills and concomitant self awareness. Most recognised 'helping professions' include some counselling training.
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This course will train you in the fundamental skills that are common to all recognised approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, while challenging you to develop your self awareness so that you can work ethically and responsibly with your clients.
Our permanent and casual academic staff are all experienced counsellors and therapists, from a range of different professional backgrounds and orientations. You will learn from people whose clinical experience directly informs their teaching, and who can relate theory to practice.
Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
This course is only available to domestic students.
Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.
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As a counselling graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Family support
- Addiction counselling
- Relationship counselling
- Women's health
Counsellors provide assistance to people struggling with emotional issues and offer advice and guidance. Successful graduates work with a wide range of client groups.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.