The need for well-trained mental health professionals has never been greater. As a counsellor you will work alongside other committed professionals to improve the lives of many people. Be they young people, couples, families, people self-identifying as members of a diversity community, or the elderly – you will make a difference.
To get you on the right path a Bachelor of Counselling at the University of Divinity will not only teach you how to be a competent practitioner, but help you to become a wise practitioner. In fact, we at the university are committed to virtues such as hope, courage, and compassion. It’s one of the things that makes us different. In addition, we are determined to train counsellors for the mid-21st century. You will therefore also learn about AI in mental health as well as basic business skills. By the end of your training you will be ready to take on the challenge of clients and to play your part in an exciting profession dedicated to helping others.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling:
- have gained a broad, coherent and integrated understanding of various counselling approaches relevant to a diversity of clients, their contexts and traditions.
- are able to compare and contrast the relative merits of different innovative therapeutic approaches and so apply the appropriate approach depending on their own personal strengths/vulnerabilities and the client’s needs.
- have developed cognitive, technical, communication, professional, and basic business skills so as to practice in an impactful way that both enhances client outcomes and minimises risk in multiple counselling contexts.
- have developed their clinical, ethical and cultural judgement leading to an integrated awareness informing professional and collegiate practice.
- have gained personal and professional insight through critical reflection on self, the profession, and how society (including religion) impacts and shapes notions of wellbeing, distress, and marginalisation.
- Students must complete Year 1 of the program prior to proceeding to Year 2, and Year 2 prior to proceeding to Year 3.
- Students who complete Year 1 may exit with the Diploma in Counselling.
- Students who complete Year 2 may exit with the Advanced Diploma in Counselling.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Unit Type||Points|
|Year 1 (144 points)|
|CO1001Z||Expressing Integrity Through Excellence In Academic And Professional Communication||Core||18|
|CO1002Z||Self, Profession, And Society||Core||18|
|CO1003Z||Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, And Decision-Making||Core||18|
|CO1004Z||The Human Condition||Core||18|
|CO1005Z||Introduction To Counselling||Core||18|
|CO1007Z||Introduction To Psychology||Core||18|
|CO1008Z||Data Literacy For Clinicians||Core||18|
|Year 2 (144 points)|
|CO2001Z||Human Development, Personality, And Identity||Core||18|
|CO2002Z||Working With Children, Adolescents, And Older Adults||Core||18|
|CO2003Z||Trauma-Informed Counselling In The Context Of Loss and Grief||Core||18|
|CO2004Z||Working In, And With, Culture||Elective||18|
|CO2005Z||Working With Couples And Families||Elective||18|
|CO2006Z||What Is Abnormal?: The Individual, Diagnostics, And Society||Core||18|
|CO2007Z||Counselling Ethics, The Law, And Best-Practice||Core||18|
|CO2008Z||Self-Care And The Workplace (incl. 36hrs on-job training)||Core||18|
|CO2009Z||Strengths-Based Counselling For Marginalised People||Elective||18|
|CO2010Z||Counselling Survivors And Perpetrators Of Domestic Violence||Elective||18|
|Year 3 (144 points)|
|Placement – Part A (150hrs incl 20hrs counselling and 24 hrs supervision)||Core||18|
|Complex Clients: Neurodiversity, Addictions, And Personality Disorders||Core||18|
|Virtues-Based Counselling: Working With Hope, Courage, And Compassion||Core||18|
|Intimacy, Sex(ualities), And Gender||Elective||18|
|Working With Groups, Teams, And Leaders||Elective||18|
|Placement – Part B (150hrs incl 20hrs counselling and 24 hrs supervision)||Core||18|
|Emerging Technologies, AI, And The Business Of Counselling||Core||18|
|The Role Of Faith, Religion, And Spirituality In Wellbeing||Elective||18|
|The Well Community||Elective||18|
Locations and modes
The standard full-time duration of the Bachelor of Counselling is three years. The Bachelor of Counselling must be completed in not less than three years and not more than nine years from the date on which the course is commenced.
|Minimum duration||3 years|
|Standard full-time||3 years|
|Maximum part-time||9 years|
Admission: Minimum Academic Requirement
Australian secondary school qualification or equivalent.
Probationary admission is available into the first year of the Counselling program (Diploma level).
Admission: Other Requirements
Applicants to the undergraduate Counselling program must:
- have regular access to a computer that supports video and other standard computing software.
- No later than by the completion of their eighth (final) first year unit, provide:
- a national police check (completed at the candidate’s expense).
- a Working With Children’s check (or equivalent; and completed at the candidate’s expense).
- Subject to the applicable state legislation and industry standards, candidates may be required to provide evidence of current COVID-19 vaccination in order to commence clinical placement.
The Bachelor of Counselling requires completion of 432 points of study, or 21 standard undergraduate units and 3 non-standard undergraduate units.
Fees for 2024 are $2,047 per standard unit* or $16,376 for a year of full-time study (8 units). Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.
*In year two and three students will undertake on-the-job training as placements. These are 3 non-standard units which will include a surcharge for the clinical supervision of students.
Commonwealth supported places are available for the Bachelor of Counselling in 2024.