Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice)
Build your knowledge of a range of counselling areas
This accredited and flexible counselling course shapes your career and opens doors to further study. You’ll study core counselling topics and choose specialisations that match your goals. Options include alcohol, drug, family, and youth counselling.
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What you'll learn
UniSQ’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) is designed so you’re able to personalise your masters degree and select courses from different specialisations to suit your counselling goals. This specialisation is perfect for those who want to gain knowledge in a range of counselling areas.
- Apply a core body of knowledge, including contemporary theories and models central to counselling assessment, and treatment.
- Effectively utilise a range of advanced interpersonal, written, oral and digital literacy skills appropriate for communicating with diverse audiences including clients and professionals.
- Apply critical reasoning, problem solving, and professional and ethical judgement with initiative to identify and resolve a range of therapeutic, professional, legal and ethical practice issues.
- Consolidate theory and practice within an integrative framework to effectively provide counselling within diverse cultural and practice contexts and client groups.
- Utilise relevant research literature, methodologies and findings to inform practice development and decision-making processes.
As a graduate, your counselling and case management skills will provide you with the opportunity to work in a professional nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling will be able to apply for membership of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and registration as a counsellor with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).
Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor degree in any area or equivalent.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) 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:
- COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics
- COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
- COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
- COU8104 Counselling Frameworks
- 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.
Study the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and gain the advanced knowledge and expertise to prepare for, or extend, your practices in a range of specialist counselling areas. Fulfil educational requirements towards eligibility for membership with the Australian Counselling Association. Within the Foundations of Practice specialisation you are able to personalise your masters degree and select courses from different specialisations to suit your counselling goals. This specialisation is perfect for those who want to gain knowledge in a range of counselling areas. Further study pathway includes the Master of Counselling, which gives you the opportunity to fulfil your counsellor training or delve deeper into your chosen specialisation.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Year 1 - Semester 1
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice
Year 1 - Semester 2
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
Completion of eight (8) units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 4 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Counselling.
Choose your subjects
- Alcohol and Drug Studies
- Child, Youth and Family Therapy
- Foundations of Practice
- Mental Health Counselling
Approved Course List
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs
COU8014 Relapse Prevention
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents