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Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Course code J54

This course is designed for professionals who wish to acquire counselling skills for use in their work as health professionals, social workers, personnel officers, pastors, human service workers, psychologists or counsellors.

The course provides training in counselling skills and theory, and prepares graduates to develop a counselling role in the setting in which they work.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

J54

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $18,900

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Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J54

CRICOS code

094454C

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,150

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

1 year full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6113Principles of Psychodynamic Practice15
COU6121Psychodynamic Theories of Counselling15
COU5303Couples and Family Therapy15
COU6305Individual Psychotherapy Practice 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6324Individual Psychotherapy Practice 215
COU5210Personal Issues in Counselling15
COU6114Object Relations and Attachment Theory15
COU6403Psychodynamic Theories of Couples and Family Therapy15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Critique and examine complex clinical material; deduce, distinguish and apply relevant theoretical concepts; formulate, implement and evaluate according to the process and practice of counselling and psychotherapy
  2. Demonstrate advanced foundation knowledge of various psychodynamic and systemic couples and family therapy theoretical frameworks
  3. Demonstrate currency with the theory of psychoanalytic technique as it pertains to individual counselling, including applied knowledge of the concepts transference and countertransference.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical frameworks for counselling
  5. Employ principles of systemic theory as a framework for observing and conceptualising different dimensions of family functioning
  6. Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in counselling and psychotherapy Demonstrate competency in individual psychodynamic counselling
  7. Review the developmental stages of the human life cycle from object relations and attachment theory perspectives
  8. Synthesise key principles and processes identified with of psychoanalytically informed, cross-generational, and emotionally focussed approaches to couple and family therapy practice
  9. Those that complete the COU5210 elective should be able to: Demonstrate an awareness of countertransference including a capacity to employ it meaningfully in a psychotherapeutic context
  10. Those that complete the COU6121 elective should be able to: Demonstrate advanced foundation knowledge of various individual psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy theoretical frameworks

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $18,900 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,150 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Students completing this offering will be eligible for entry level counselling roles in human and social services, NGOs and the like.

Possible future job titles

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Human Services Officer, Community/Welfare Worker, Youth Worker, Case Worker

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