Counselling

Develop your Counselling skills as a professional counsellor, while pursuing your own spiritual formation.

Follow an educational pathway with Stirling Theological College and aifc from Diploma to Doctoral level. View the counselling pathway here

 

State Counselling Coordinators

Each of the states has a regional coordinator who will be able to guide you through the application process and track with you during the course of your studies:

WA & SA – Steve Poisat spoisat@stirling.edu.au

QLD & NT – Tracey Milson tmilson@stirling.edu.au

NSW – Mellisa Hayde mhayde@stirling.edu.au

VIC & TAS – Shivon Barresi sbarresi@stirling.edu.au
                            Art Wouters awouters@stirling.edu.au

Advanced Diploma in Counselling

CRICOS:
N/A
[AdvDipCouns]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Prepare for a career in a multi-disciplinary environment while significantly enhancing your counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Form a vision of a counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, and psychological competence and theological congruence.

What you will learn

  • Well-developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs.

  • A deep understanding of themselves as counsellors.

  • How to apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.

  • How to apply theological and professional reflection to their practice.

  • How to apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.


Course Structure

All units are offered online with four (4) face-to-face seminars per year delivered in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

This course requires completion of 144 points of study. We recommend the following units for a full-time student:

Download the Advance Diploma in Counselling Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Prerequisites:

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

Fees for 2020 are $1,704* per standard unit or $16,056 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

FEE-HELP covers all the units in the Advanced Diploma of Counselling with no gaps.  

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP. Applying for FEE-HELP is very simple and is done as part of your application for admission through Stirling and only a tax file number (TFN) is needed.  Visit www.studyassist.gov.au for more information.

*Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fee of $2,916 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.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Bachelor of Counselling

CRICOS:
N/A
[BCouns]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Become a counselling professional and make a difference in the life of others. Develop your counselling, pastoral and spiritual foundations with this unique pathway, and graduate with the practical experience to be a confident and job-ready counsellor. 

What you will learn

  • Specialised counselling skills to work with clients including those with high and complex needs.

  • How to apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.

  • How to apply theological and professional reflection to organisational practice.

  • Innovative professional practice in counselling with diverse people in an unpredictable range of contexts.

  • Specialised skills for clients with relationship issues.


Course structure

The Bachelor of Counselling consists of 8 units (144 points):

DZ3076 Supervised Counselling Practicum (18 points)
DZ3077 Advanced Counselling Theories Processes and Strategies (18 points)
DZ3250 Relationship Counselling (18 points)
DZ3260 Abnormal Psychology (18 points)
Two (2) units in the discipline of Professional Counselling (36 points)
One (1) unit in a discipline or disciplines in Field B or Field C (18 points)
One (1) unit in any Field (18 points)

View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Bachelor of Counselling Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

  • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Advanced Diploma in Counselling;

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

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling awarded by the University of Divinity
10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
80884ACT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

  • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor;
  • Has the capacity to become an ensured member of a relevant professional body.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:


Accreditation

The Bachelor of Counselling is accredited by The Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

View the regulations here.

Master of Counselling

CRICOS:
N/A
[MCouns]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence.

Students are exposed to traditional knowledge and contemporary developments in the theory and skills of counselling and psychotherapy. The Master of Counselling will provide opportunities for critical study and integration from personal, social and cultural perspectives and from the perspectives of pastoral theology, ministry, mission and service.

What you will learn

  1. Expert counselling skills
  2. Knowledge and experience of supervisory leadership and management structures
  3. How to apply skills to initiate and plan counselling interventions
  4. How to apply critical self-evaluation and theological reflection to their practice of counselling
  5. How to apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a wide range of contexts including multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments.

Streams

Unit choices and study outcomes are guided by the Master of Counselling streams

Stream 1: Counselling Accreditation
The Counselling accreditation stream is for students who enter Phase 1 of the Master of Counselling without a counselling qualification but with a relevant undergraduate degree in a field such as psychology or theology. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to build up your hours in supervised counselling, thereby enabling you to gain accreditation with one of the two peak counsellor accreditation bodies. View Steam 1 units here.

Stream 2: Professional Development
The Professional Development stream is for students who enter Phase 1 with enough study and hours of supervised counselling to gain accreditation as a counsellor from a professional industry body. These students have typically completed aifc’s Diploma of Counselling (Christian) and Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) before entering Phase 1 or the Master of Counselling. The purpose of Phase 2 enrolment is therefore to advance your level of professional accreditation as well as your knowledge and skills. View Steam 2 units here.

Stream 3: Research Formation
The Research stream is for students who have a sufficient number of accredited and supervised counselling hours to already have gained higher levels of accreditation with ACA or PACFA. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to test your capacities and be formed for research. View Steam 3 units here.


Course structure

All units are offered online with face-to-face seminars (delivered in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), readings, assessments and client practice hours. This is a full-time (one year) or part-time course consisting of 6 units at AQF level 9 (144 points):

  • 2 units in Supervised Counselling Practicum (24 points each)
  • 4 elective units (including theology/biblical studies, pastoral care, counselling, clinical pastoral education and supervision (24 points each)

Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) from the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (AIFC), or equivalent degree, and satisfactory completion of an interview with a designated Coursework Coordinator.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed the Research Formation Program may be eligible for admission to higher degrees by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Professional accreditation:
the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)