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Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Clinical Supervision)

Graduate Diploma of Counselling Specialisation Clinical Supervision (GDCN)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Practical skills in clinical supervision

Are you looking to acquire the practical skills in clinical supervision? With USQ’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Clinical Supervision) you will further your expertise and knowledge in supervision and gain insights into current models of supervision through a field experience practicum.

While study is mainly external, you will be required to attend mandatory residential schools at USQ Ipswich campus associated with four designated courses to meet the required number of hours of face-to-face instruction and ensure you have the best possible skills preparation. 

Further study

Use the credit you’ll gain from the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and go on to complete the Master of Counselling.

Professional accreditation

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 (ARCAP). Registration as a Counsellor on the national counsellor register (ARCAP) can be via membership with ACA or PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

This degree has a mandatory attendance requirement for some of the residential school courses. The dates and location of the mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Schedule or please contact us for more information.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses* 7
plus 1 x approved course
Total 8

 *Some of the core courses have a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials. You are also required to undertake a practicum placement for one of the core courses.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19680

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • A three-year bachelor's degree in counselling, social work, psychology, or related area from a recognised university.
  • Be a provisional or full member with a relevant professional body (e.g. counselling, social work, psychology, psychiatry).
  • Participate in an interview (in person or online). Selection Criteria addressed in interview:
    • demonstrates sufficient depth of counselling experience and knowledge
    • demonstrates sufficient understanding of, and commitment to, ethical behaviour and displays sound ethical judgement
    • demonstrates sufficient interpersonal effectiveness, openness to feedback and a history of engaging in reflective practice.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
  • Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.