Advanced Diploma in Counselling

1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time

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


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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 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:


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.