Counselling

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

From 2020, aspiring counselling professionals will be able to follow an educational pathway with aifc and Stirling Theological College from Diploma right up to Doctoral level. View 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

Advanced Diploma in Counselling

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.

The Advanced Diploma of Counselling may be completed in one year full time or may be completed part time.  Each of the units is delivered either over a year, a semester or half a semester.


Units

All units are offered online with 4 face-to-face seminars a 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:


Learning outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling will:

  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 the professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.


Admission criteria

A person may apply 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


Fees

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.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the admission form and forward to info@stirling.edu.au together with the following certified documents:

    • Proof of your citizenship this may be a full birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate.
    • Proof of ID ie a driver’s license.
    • Transcripts of your previous study, such as a degree or diploma, certificate, VCE or other qualifications.

Bachelor of Counselling

Admission dates for 2021 study will be available from October 2020.

 

The Bachelor of Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, pastoral 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 learning outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Counselling:

  1. have specialised counselling skills to work with clients including those with high and complex needs.

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

  3. apply theological and professional reflection to organisational practice.

  4. apply innovative professional practice in counselling with diverse people in an unpredictable range of contexts.

  5. apply specialised skills for clients with relationship issues.


Admission criteria

A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Bachelor of Counselling if he or she:

  • Is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional body

  • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor

  • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Advanced Diploma in Counselling

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

  1. The Advanced Diploma in Counselling awarded by the University of Divinity

  2. 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

  3. 80884ACT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)


Fees

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


Follow on study

The Bachelor of Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Master of Counselling Program. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Master program.

Master of Counselling

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.


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.

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. 

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.


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)

View the Master of Counselling units here.


Accreditation

Stirling Theological College is a member of The University of Divinity. The Master of Counselling is also accredited by ACA and PACFA.


Fees

The Master of Counselling requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units (144 points). Fees for 2020 are $2,640 per standard unit or $15,840 for a full-time year (6 units).

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa may defer the payment of fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme. For more information about fees and FEE-HELP, please visit the Fees page.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the admission form and forward to info@stirling.edu.au together with the following certified documents:

  • Proof of your citizenship this may be a full birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of ID ie a driver’s license.
  • Transcripts of your previous study, such as a degree or diploma, certificate, VCE or other qualifications.