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Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GDCN) - GradDipCouns

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Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Residential school: Ipswich campus — mandatory 
Standard duration:1 year full time; 2 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Counselling

To: Master of Counselling

Footnotes
**There is a 5 day mandatory residential school for each of the four Foundations of Practice courses.

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Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Clinical Supervision) is designed to meet the PACFA Supervision Training Standards.

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) is designed to meet the PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Mental Health Competencies.

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) is designed to address most of the training standards in the PACFA Training Standards 2014.

This program is a pre-requisite qualification for the Master of Counselling qualification. The Master of Counselling is designed to meet the training standards for entry into the counselling profession in Australia. The core courses will meet the majority of the person-to-person training requirements of the proposed Masters program and as required by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) training standards.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling will be able to apply for membership of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and registration as a Counsellor with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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Program aims

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is available to graduates of human services, health, nursing, psychology and other allied health disciplines. The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is a program that allows students and professionals to develop knowledge and expertise in one of five counselling areas:

  • Alcohol and Drug Studies

  • Child, Youth and Family Therapy

  • Clinical Supervision

  • Mental Health Counselling

  • Foundations of Practice*


*The Foundations of Practice courses are embedded in all of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling streams. The Foundations of Practice specialisation has greater versatility in that it allows for students to choose approved courses from any of the streams if they meet the course pre-requisites.

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Program objectives

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of theories and models fundamental to fields associated with counselling

  2. Demonstrate advanced interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

  3. Demonstrate ability to apply critical reasoning, judgment and problem solving to a range of professional, legal, and ethical practice issues

  4. Demonstrate ability to contextualise knowledge within a counselling context.

  5. Demonstrate ability to apply discipline knowledge and professional practice skills in formative development as a counselling practitioner and demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 08. Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional or highly skilled work and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three year Bachelor degree in any area or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

Foundations of Practice specialisation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) consists of five Level 5 compulsory courses and three Level 5 approved courses.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics#  EXT 
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision  1,2  ONL 
Approved Courses 
Choose three of the following: 
PSY5010 Assessment for Substance Misuse   ONL 
PSY5020 Motivational Interviewing   ONL 
PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs   ONL 
PSY5040 Relapse Prevention   ONL 
COU5001 Couple and Family Counselling   ONL 
COU5002 Child and Youth Counselling   ONL 
COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice   ONL 
COU5011 Counselling Supervision/Teaching Practicum +  EXT 
COU5012 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling   ONL 
COU5004 Mental Health Practice 1   ONL 
COU5005 Mental Health Practice 2   ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 5 day residential school.
+Students are required to undertake a practicum placement for this course

Alcohol and Drug Studies specialisation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) consists of seven Level 5 compulsory courses and one Level 5 approved course.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics#  EXT 
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
PSY5010 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
PSY5020 Motivational Interviewing OR
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision  
ONL 
PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
PSY5040 Relapse Prevention  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 5 day residential school.

Child, Youth and Family Therapy specialisation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Child, Youth and Family Therapy) consists of eight level 5 compulsory courses.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics#  EXT 
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  ONL 
COU5001 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU5002 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
Choose one of the following two courses below:
COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision 
2
1,2 
ONL
ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 5 day residential school.

Clinical Supervision specialisation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Clinical Supervision) consists of seven Level 5 compulsory courses and one Level 8 approved course.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics#  EXT 
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision  1,2  ONL 
EDU5221 Professional Learning  ONL 
COU5011 Counselling Supervision/Teaching Practicum+  EXT 
Choose one of the next two courses    
ANP8003 Management in Health Care Practice  ONL 
NUR8060 Health Policy Analysis and Review  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 5 day residential school.
+Students are required to undertake a practicum placement for this course

Mental Health Counselling specialisation

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) consists of seven Level 5 compulsory courses and one Level 5 approved course.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics#  EXT 
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU5012 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU5004 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU5005 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
Choose one of the following two courses below:
COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision 
2
1,2 
ONL
ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 5 day residential school.

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Program completion requirements

Students must have successfully completed the core and approved courses (as applicable) to successfully complete the program.

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Required time limits

Minimum time to complete is one year. Students have a maximum of three years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. Find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

There are mandatory residential schools, held at the Ipswich Campus for COU5006, COU5007, COU5009 and COU5010.

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Articulation

A student successfully completing all courses in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling may apply to articulate into the Master of Counselling provided the student has not graduated from the Graduate Diploma. Entry into the Master of Counselling is not automatic and students will need to meet additional requirements including completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling with a GPA of at least 5.0, and an application which is supported by two referees as well as a structured interview (refer Master of Counselling handbook entry).

A student articulating into a higher degree will only receive the award of the higher degree that they complete. Such students will be given full credit for all courses completed whilst studying the Graduate Diploma. Students must advise the Faculty in writing of their intention to articulate and this must occur prior to completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

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Related programs

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling is nested with the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and the Master of Counselling .

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Exit points

Students may exit after four courses with a Graduate Certificate of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Foundations of Practice specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision**11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose one of the following five courses:

     PSY5010 Assessment for Substance Misuse11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
     PSY5020 Motivational Interviewing11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS
     COU5001 Couple and Family Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5012 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5004 Mental Health Practice 111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Semester 2

COU5010 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose two of the following six courses:

     PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS
     PSY5040 Relapse Prevention12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS
     COU5002 Child and Youth Counselling12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5011 Counselling Supervision/Teaching Practicum+12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5005 Mental Health Practice 212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Footnotes
**If COU5003 is taken in S2 students may choose two approved courses from PSY5010, PSY5020, COU5001, COU5012 or COU5004 and one approved course from PSY5030, PSY5040, COU5002, COU5008 , COU5011, COU5005.
+Students are required to undertake a practicum placement for this course.

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Alcohol and Drug Studies specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
PSY5010 Assessment for Substance Misuse11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO

Choose one of the following two courses:

     PSY5020 Motivational Interviewing11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS
     COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS
PSY5040 Relapse Prevention12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or GCCO or MCCO or MPPS

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Child, Youth and Family Therapy specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention11
COU5001 Couple and Family Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5002 Child and Youth Counselling12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

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Clinical Supervision specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose one of the following two courses:

     ANP8003 Management in Health Care Practice11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following programs: BHEH or MNRS or PDEV or MNSG or GDHH or MOHH or GCCO or MCCO or GDCN or GCHH
     NUR8060 Health Policy Analysis and Review11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or MNRS or PDEV or MNSG or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or GCCO or MCCO or GDCN
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5221 Professional Learning12
COU5011 Counselling Supervision/Teaching Practicum+12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Footnotes
+Students are required to undertake a practicum placement for this course.

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Mental Health Counselling specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Residential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5006 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity, and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5012 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5004 Mental Health Practice 111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5010 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5007 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU5005 Mental Health Practice 212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose one of the following two courses:

     COU5008 Group Counselling Processes and Practice12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
     COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision11,2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH