Advanced Diploma in Counselling

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study for this course

This course is available to overseas students residing in Australia and overseas students studying overseas.

  • If residing in Australia, you will require a visa that allows study and note any conditions specified.  These visas include;
      • You cannot study more than 1/3 of this course online.
  • If residing overseas, you will not require a visa to study this course.

Overview

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling

  1. have well developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs.
  2. have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors.
  3. apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.
  4. apply theological and professional reflection to their practice.
  5. apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling consists of 144 points comprised of:

  1. DZ2860 Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
  2. DZ2075 Counselling Integration Practicum
  3. DP1930 Academic Research and Writing
  4. DZ2010S Introduction to Psychology
  5. 36 points in the discipline of Professional Counselling
  6. 18 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B or Field C
  7. A further 18 points.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Stirling College

    Stirling College

    Churches of Christ
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Stirling College
    Online mode
    Mulgrave VIC

    Accreditation partner

    The Advanced Diploma in Counselling is accredited by the following partner:

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling is one year. The Advanced Diploma in Counselling must be completed in not less than one year and not more than three years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years
    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years

    Pathways to this course

    • CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling offered through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (aifc)
      The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

    Pathways to future study

    The 5-phase counselling program marks an exciting new training pathway in professional counselling in Australia. Incorporating VET and Higher Education options into a sequence of courses, the pathway offers students study options from Diploma through to Master level.

    Admission criteria

    A person may apply to the Academic Board to enrol as a candidate for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling if he or she:

    • Is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional body; and
    • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor; and
    • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Diploma of Counselling.

    For the purposes of admission, eligible Diplomas in Counselling are:

    1. CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
    2. CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling
    3. 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)
    4. 80883ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
    5. 80665ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
    6. 11397ACT Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy

    Fee summary

    The Advanced Diploma in Counselling requires the completion of 144 points of study. Fees for 2022 are $1,764* per standard unit or $16,620 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

    *Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fees of $3,018 per unit:

    • DZ2860S Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
    • DZ2075S Counselling Integration Practicum

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

    The Advanced Diploma in Counselling requires the completion of 144 points of study. Fees for 2021 are $1,704* per standard unit or $16,056 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

    *Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fees of $2,916 per unit:

    • DZ2860S Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
    • DZ2075S Counselling Integration Practicum

    Overseas students are charged a separate application fee of AUD$300.

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

    Fee Assistance

    • An Australian born/citizen is entitled to Fee-Help. If residing overseas must study at least part of their course in Australia to be eligible for Fee-Help.
    • A New Zealand citizen who is currently residing in Australia (On-Shore) may be entitled to Fee-Help. Eligibility is dependent on SCV Visa and all long-term residency requirements being met.
    • A New Zealand citizen currently residing in NZ or in other overseas location (Off-Shore) (not including Australia) is not entitled to Fee-Help.
    • A Permanent Resident Visa holder is only entitled to Fee-Help for approved bridging studies.
    • A Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder is entitled to Fee-Help if residency requirements are met.

    Overseas students are not entitled to Fee-Help.

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