The counsellor-client relationship is the single most important factor in generating successful outcomes in counselling.
This course gives you keen insights into the nature of what it means to be human, and the tools you need to help distressed clients overcome mental illness and achieve optimum well-being. It is designed for students from any discipline who work in a helping profession and is an ideal choice if you wish to enhance your skills.
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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 course 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.
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).
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.
Postgraduate Study Information
Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional qualification that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons? Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field.
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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.