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.
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:
*DZ2860 Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration (18 points)
*DZ2075 Counselling Integration Practicum (18 points)
RQ2930 Academic research and writing (18 points)
DZ2010 Introduction to Psychology (18 points)
Total Core Credit Points: 27
DZ2220S Addictions (18 points)
DZ2484S Group Counselling (9 points)
DZ2774S Spiritual and Religious interventions (9 points)
CT2/3724S Theology of Suffering and Hope (18 points)
DP2/3/9706S Pastoral and Spiritual care in situations of abuse and trauma (18 points)
Total Elective Credit Points: 72
Overall Credit Points: 144
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling will:
have well-developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs;
have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors;
apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews;
apply theological and professional reflection to their practice;
apply the professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.
A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling if he or she:
- Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Diploma of Counselling:
For the purposes of admission, eligible Advanced Diplomas in Counselling are:
CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling
10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)
80883ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
80665ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
11397ACT Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy
- Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor;
- Has the capacity to become an ensured member of a relevant professional body.
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
- 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.
Follow On Study
The Advanced Diploma in Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Bachelor of Counselling. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Bachelor program.