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Summary
Graduate Diploma of Counselling Specialisation Mental Health Counselling (GDCN)

Study Mode
  • External

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

Number of Units
  • 8 units

Duration
  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Support people with mental health conditions

Do you have a passion for supporting those with mental health conditions? Our Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Mental Health) will help develop the necessary expertise in topics including mental health conditions in society, their aetiology, evidence-based treatment approaches, assessment models and psychopharmacology.

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

The Mental Health Counselling specialisation is designed to meet the PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Mental Health Competencies.

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).

Other majors for the Graduate Diploma of Counselling include: Alcohol and Drug Studies, Child, Youth and Family Therapy, Clinical Supervision and Foundations of Practice.

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*
1
Total 8

 *Some of the courses have a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.

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 bachelor's degree from a recognised university.

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.