Graduate Diploma in Counselling (M6I)

Overview  2016

ATAR

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Clearly-in Rank

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Duration

Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students commencing in 2013. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling provides opportunities for graduates with a background in psychology or another area of human services, to undertake postgraduate study in counselling.The course is offered on a full-time or part-time study basis and comprises eight 12.5% units offered on the Hobart campus.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is a skill based course which aims to provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for employment in a range of counselling roles. The course focuses on developing an understanding of the theoretical basis of counselling and the ethical, legal and professional issues in relation to the practice of counselling, and the acquisition of counselling skills. Students will 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. The course also aims to provide professional development opportunities for people working in counselling roles, and preparation for Masters level study in Counselling

Career outcomes

Counselling graduates work in a wide range of settings including relationship counselling organisations, secondary and postsecondary education, community welfare centres, drug and alcohol agencies, church agencies, and private practice. Other graduates utilise their counselling skills in their existing employment.

Professional Recognition

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, go to the PACFA website (www.pacfa.org.au/).

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.

Course structure

Core Units

This unit examines styles of counselling with integration of theories of counselling with its practice. This unit teaches both basic skills in counselling and more advanced skills necessary in more complex counselling situations. Multicultural counselling will also be addressed.On successful…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit covers the skills needed for the various components of the counselling process and builds on the skills acquired in Counselling Skills 1, including further exploration of the 3 Steps Egan model. Students are required to demonstrate they have…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit participants develop and clarify their awareness and thinking around ethical and practice dilemmas within professional counselling practice. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal standards of practice and on the acquisition and application of decision-making…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit explores both current thinking around dealing with life issues of adjustment to change - particularly those changes involving loss, grief and trauma. Death and bereavement will be addressed including dealing with grief as a natural process and with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Introduces students to a wide variety of counselling theories. Requires comprehensive analysis of various counselling theories including: Cognitive, Behavioural, Person-centred, Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Solution-focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on the issues and challenges, both in theory and practice, of working with clients in the context of their intimate personal relationships. Students will have the opportunity to develop their thinking and skills in working systemically with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Elective Units

The unit covers the causes and consequences of reduction of functioning following injury and illness. Emphasis is placed on practical skills related to the rehabilitation and health counselling process. Issues associated with intellectual disability are also considered with emphasis on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on the use of assessment techniques in the counselling and rehabilitation counselling setting. Students will learn the principles of assessment and gain knowledge in test selection and test use. Skill development forms the major focus of this…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will explore issues related to counselling and rehabilitation for children and adolescents. Consideration is given to developmental issues, attachment, disorders of childhood and adolescence, chronic illness and disability. Strategies for intervention will also be addressed including…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with a 100 hour supervised field placement experience in individual, group counselling and consultation settings. Students will have the opportunity to observe the practice of qualified practioners in their field and begin working with clients while…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will present an overview of cognitive behaviour change procedures in terms of their theoretical bases and practical considerations. Cognitive skill procedures will be reviewed in relation to stress management, impulsive behaviours, substance use, violence, health and life style…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will develop the evidence-based assessment and planning skills they require in their work with alcohol and other drug dependant clients in a public health framework. This includes clinical assessment of alcohol and drug issues and identification…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will further develop their knowledge and skills in the delivery of alcohol and other drug interventions. This unit will focus on current contemporary treatment approaches including psychosocial interventions and pharmacological treatments. This includes the range of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health unit will address the context within which mental illness occurs in the perinatal period. Students will develop an understanding of perinatal anxiety, depression and serious mental illness and the negative impact these disorders may…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will enable you to be better prepared to care for people in the last year of their lives. You will develop skills in recognising; responding, renegotiating and reinforcing appropriate care and assessing the 'domains of distress' experienced by…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Requirements for entry to the course are completion of a degree with a major in psychology or behavioural science, or a degree in an affiliated area or other equivalent qualifications. Candidates will be interviewed and are required to submit a professional statement including professional references, statement of intent, work history and police records check.

In special cases candidates who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements but have completed the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and have relevant professional experience, may be accepted for entry to the course.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Counselling may be eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree may be eligible to progress to the Master of Counselling on completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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