Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling)
Counsel people with mental health difficulties
Become a mental health professional. You’ll explore mental health counselling theory and techniques. Build essential skills like case management. Grasp key legal and ethical issues. Support clients with conditions including anxiety and depression.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online & on-campus
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What you'll learn
UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) will include topics on mental health in Australia, therapeutic interventions, assessment models and psychopharmacology. Gain skills in treatment planning, and a range of approaches to case management and assessment tools.
- Demonstrate understanding of theories and models fundamental to fields associated with counselling
- Demonstrate advanced interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- Demonstrate ability to apply critical reasoning, judgment and problem solving to a range of professional, legal, and ethical practice issues
- Consolidate theory and practice within an integrate framework to effectively provide counselling to individuals with mental health difficulties.
As a graduate, you will be equipped to specialise in mental health counselling, case management and well-being.
Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any area.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 3 English Language Proficiency requirements.
On campus requirements
There are mandatory residential schools held at Ipswich, Springfield or Toowoomba campus, and synchronous mandatory online tutorials for:
- COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice
Credit for previous study or work
Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.
Do you aspire to support those suffering with mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression in a counselling setting? UniSQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) will include topics on mental health in Australia, therapeutic interventions, assessment models and psychopharmacology. Gain skills in treatment planning, and a range of approaches to case management and assessment tools. Our online counselling degree is designed to develop your career within the health, psychology or human services profession. Offered part-time, this degree can alternatively be a professional development opportunity for psychologists and social workers. For those seeking registration as a counsellor, please refer to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Master of Counselling degrees.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2
Completion of four (4) units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
Choose your subjects
- Alcohol and Drug Studies
- Child, Youth and Family Therapy
- Foundations of Practice
- Mental Health Counselling
Approved Course List
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice
COU8014 Relapse Prevention
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs