Graduate Certificate of Counselling
Strengthen your therapy skills to guide clients through hardship
Pursue a rewarding career as a counsellor using a range of therapeutic approaches. Understand the ethics of your profession and how to address trauma with clients. Then put your skills to the test during role-play scenarios.
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- 09 Feb 22
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Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate and articulate developing counselling specific knowledge to the discipline of human behaviour with consideration for the lifespan and developmental issues of the individual and/or audience This includes the understanding of theoretical underpinnings, current literature and development of theory to underpin practice.
- Apply evidence based practice utilising higher order cognitive skills that demonstrate competence of counselling theories and application with initiative, autonomy and responsibility for their professional practice supported by evidence based reflective practice and life-long learning.
- Demonstrate creativity and critical skills to design, evaluate, interpret, analyse and theorise about relevant counselling developments and appropriate information which contribute to understanding of clients in professional practice.
- Express developing skills in communication, collaboration and consultation with a diverse population in the workplace and engage in professional decision making with support of supervisors.
- Apply appropriate knowledge of relevant codes of conduct, and professional standards of work place practice in consultation with professional bodies and supervisors.
- Demonstrate developing understanding of and insight into self and others through personal and professional development identifying personal limitations and biases, and demonstrating and recognizing appropriate referral options for clients.
Counselling graduates work in a wide range of settings including relationship counselling organisations, secondary and post-secondary education, community welfare centres, drug and alcohol agencies, church agencies, and private practice. Other graduates utilise their counselling skills in their existing employment. You might also find employment in Crisis & Trauma counselling, EAP services, Career counselling / Employment Services, Disability, Aged Care, Justice / Community Corrections, Child & Adolescent services.
Eligibility for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Register normally requires two years of postgraduate training, however, admission to the Register based on recognition of prior learning, practice and supervision is also possible. For further information, refer to PACFA.
Graduates may be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). For more information, refer to ACA.
Psychology graduates should note that the Graduate Certificate in Counselling is not an accredited fourth year program in psychology and a graduate will not be eligible for registration as a psychologist.
All applicants must submit a full official academic transcript/s to evidence that their undergraduate degree in psychology (or equivalent) has been completed. In some instances, transcripts will not be available until after the closing date and will need to be submitted as soon as they become available. Applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree from a recognised Institution. The degree should include:
• A degree with a major in psychology, behavioural or psychological science; or
• A degree in an affiliated area of human services, such as education, social work, law or nursing; or
• Other equivalent qualifications or combination of qualifications which required at least one year of full-time tertiary study, or is deemed equivalent by the College of Health and Medicine . Refer applications to UTAS
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
This course equips students with fundamental knowledge and skills in counselling, together with an understanding of the ethical, legal and professional issues in relation to the practice of counselling required for employment in a range of counselling roles.
Students will develop an understanding of the social, cultural and developmental context in which counselling occurs and of a range of therapeutic approaches and appropriate to a range of client ages, needs and circumstances.The course also aims to provide professional development opportunities for people working in counselling roles.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Year 1. 4 subjects in first year including:
- TAS-KHA501 Counselling Skills 1
- TAS-KHA502 Counselling Skills 2
- TAS-KHA505 Professional Ethics and Practice
- TAS-KHA507 Adjustment To Change
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 2 years from commencement.
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