Become an insightful practitioner and find ‘the good life’ with us. At the University of Divinity, in addition to learning the ways of people and training in professional counselling skills, you’ll be equipped for counselling in the mid-21st century. Come and learn about cutting edge topics including the role of artificial intelligence in mental health, and gain basic business skills to prepare you for private practice.
Bachelor of Counselling
Why study Counselling with the University of Divinity?
Leading student experience in Australia
The University of Divinity is nationally recognised as having one of the most positive student experiences of any university in Australia.
Benefit from a combination of online and on-campus study
Our experience shows that students benefit most from a combination of flexible online learning, and face-to-face learning. In the Bachelor of Counselling all of your units will be blended in some way. A unit of study, for example, may be largely online and require students to meet face-to-face as a class for an intensive. Later in the course you will undertake placements which will require that you counsel clients and seek clinical supervision. This is another form of blended learning.
The benefit of this blended approach is that it provides you with the flexibility you need to learn in a way which suits your lifestyle while acknowledging that counselling is a very human profession requiring that students meet together to practice and refine their skills under the watchful guidance of an experienced practitioner. A good analogy comes from Japanese martial arts. You may practice various skills at home but in the dojo your skills get refined with others under the guidance of a sensei.
Equity based allocation of Commonwealth Supported Places
The University of Divinity has been awarded Commonwealth supported places for the Bachelor of Counselling in 2023. Places are allocated on equity to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a place at a university where the government pays part of your fees. This part is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don’t have to pay it back.
For the purposes of Equity Places, disadvantaged groups include:
- students from low SES backgrounds
- students from inner regional, outer regional, remote and very remote areas
- students who are first in family to study at university
- First Nations students
- students with a disability
A unique approach to counselling training
At the University of Divinity we seek to attract a diverse range of students who can gift insights from their ‘lived experience’ to their classmates and to their clients later on. In fact, a ‘wounded healer’ model of training is often the best as students come with empathy and knowledge that can’t be learnt from textbooks.
Our curriculum is designed to help you find ‘the good life’ and so, in turn, help your future clients to do the same. We therefore don’t just focus on counselling skills but also on virtues such as hope, courage, and compassion. We want you to engage the human condition in all its messiness and beauty.
We also want to meet the challenges of the mid-21st century. You will also learn about Artificial Intelligence in mental health and basic business skills amongst other interesting topics. As a graduate, you’ll be well prepared for the workplace and for future client needs.
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- Bachelor of CounsellingDuration3 years full-time,
Up to 9 years part-timeModesMixedColleges & SchoolsAvailable at 1 College/School
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.
Unit Timetable 2023
|Expressing integrity through excellence in academic and professional communication||27 February|
|Self, profession and society||27 February|
|Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making||24 April|
|The human condition||24 April|
|Introduction to counselling||31 July|
|Engaging diversity||31 July|
|Introduction to psychology||25 September|
|Data literacy for clinicians||25 September|
Location and Mode
The Bachelor of Counselling will be taught by the University’s School of Professional Practice in mixed-mode (blended).
Each unit is 8-weeks long. 7 weeks will be online using asynchronous delivery and a one-hour tutorial which will be synchronous delivery (at a pre-scheduled time).
- Online content taught in asynchronous delivery means you can study from the convenience of your own home in your own time.
- Online content taught in synchronous delivery means you can study from home but will need to join in on the online platform at specified times.
Every unit also includes a face-to-face component. These will be delivered as on-campus intensives and will be running in Melbourne, Victoria.
he Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association.
The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is the largest professional association for registered counsellors in the country. Through the ACA members may receive a journal, industry updates, access to local chapter meetings, access to accredited supervisors, and a host of professional development opportunities. Membership also gives clients the peace of mind that their counsellor is acting in accordance with a code of ethics and best practice.
How to apply
If you have questions about the course, please use the enquiry form on this webpage.
Once you’re ready to apply, fill out the application form. You’ll be contacted to arrange a time for an interview with the Counselling Program Director, Dr Tom Edwards. The purpose of the interview is to ensure that this course is right for you.
Admission Form for Counselling
Email your application form to Simge Yuksel, Student Support Officer for the School of Professional Practice, at email@example.com
Meet the Program Director
Dr Tom Edwards
School of Professional Practice
Beginning his career in behavioural neuroscience Tom has since shifted his academic interests from the brain to the mind. He is particularly interested in a cluster of virtues which contribute to a cognitive architecture that is evolutionarily consistent and socially relevant. Tom has published in high impact factor journals and spoken at a number of […]