Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Help people navigate life's challenges
Study the fundamentals of counselling before diving into specialty topics such as relationship, substance use and rehabilitation therapies. Hone your practical skills so that you can work in a variety of social work and community care professions.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Apply advanced counselling specific knowledge and skills to human behaviour with consideration for the lifespan, cultural and developmental issues of the individual and/or audience to address different client presentations.
- Use critically reflective practice skills to maintain facilitative counselling relationships in complex professional practice contexts including loss, grief, trauma, addiction, relationships, and working with young people.
- Integrate theory and evidence to design and evaluate individualised counselling treatment approaches.
- Apply advanced knowledge of relevant codes of conduct, self-reflection, critical thinking skills and professional standards of workplace practice in consultation with professional bodies and supervisors to constructively critique one's own counselling performance.
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.
The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Upon graduating students may apply to register as a professional member of ACA, which is Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. For more information refer to ACA.
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.
Psychology graduates should note that the Graduate Diploma 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.
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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.
In this program you will develop 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.
You will also 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. This program also aims to provide professional development opportunities for people working in counselling roles, including addiction services, family and relationships and trauma.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Completion of 8 core subjects from the schedule below:
- TAS-KHA501 Counselling Skills 1
- TAS-KHA502 Counselling Skills 2
- TAS-KHA505 Professional Ethics and Practice
- TAS-KHA507 Adjustment To Change
- TAS-KHA601 Addictive Behaviours
- TAS-KHA602 Rehabilitation Counselling
- TAS-KHA618 Working with Children and Young People
- TAS-KHA619 Relationship Counselling
Satisfactory completion of 8 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 1-3 years from commencement.
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