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:

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:


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 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 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.

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.