Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Postgraduate Study


Apply now for 2024 and advance your career with postgraduate study at Western.

A good listener. A great help

Counselling is a cross-disciplinary pathway into a career in helping people in distress. In counselling, clients learn about themselves and how they can make changes to improve their lives. This process requires you to build a dedicated helping relationship, for which you need high levels of skill, sensitivity, self-knowledge and ethical conduct. In contrast to some of the longer-established helping professions, counselling, as taught in this program, places greater emphasis on the creation of a therapeutic environment for the client than on specific techniques or the application of particular theoretical models.

This program offers an invaluable field placement, giving you the opportunity to work directly with clients whilst undergoing clinical supervision and incorporating learning on campus. In addition, you will learn how to critically examine theories and approaches in light of their contribution to a contemporary relational understanding and practice of counselling.

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Graduates are also eligible for full membership and registration with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Program structure

Our progrma structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $23,936*

Delivery: On campus

This program is only available to domestic students.

Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.




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— Bjorn Rostron. Bachelor of Psychology / Master of Social Science.

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (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 program 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 program past the normal finish date of the program 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 programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.  

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