Graduate Certificate of Counselling

Why study with ECU Online?

  • Accessible, flexible and accelerated
    Study anywhere, anytime with our flexible online format. Our course is delivered in accelerated mode, allowing you to earn your degree and put your skills into practice sooner.

  • Fully supported
    Be supported throughout your study journey by a personal Student Success Advisor and online learning community of like-minded students and friendly, accessible staff.

  • Job ready skills, relevant to industry
    Gain a wide range of skills – identified and designed by industry experts – to meet the complex and evolving needs of individuals and communities.

  • Professional Recognition
    Our Master of Counselling has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Who should study this course?

ECU’s online Graduate Certificate of Counselling will help you expand your foundational skills in helping individuals, families and communities.

Students may study this course and continue to the Masters to equip themselves to become full-time counsellors. Alternatively, they may wish to add to their existing skillset in roles including:

  • Social work
  • Career coaching
  • Psychology
  • Other allied health
  • Human resources
  • Youth work
  • Human welfare roles
  • Local government support/community development roles
  • Case work
  • Disability support work
  • Cognate undergraduate social science or behavioural science

See admission requirements in ECU’s Master of Counselling brochure for more information.

 

What you will learn

Understand counselling in a digital world

Gain skills to effectively adapt to the field as it expands across the digital realm. Understand how theories and techniques of counselling can be translated and adapted for delivery across a range of modalities to connect with and support people in unique and far-reaching ways.

Develop a person-centred approach

Learn how to walk alongside individuals in a process that values difference, supports self-discovery, builds on unique strengths and recognises the interrelationships between individuals, communities and social structures as important platforms for healing.

Examine the roles of counsellors working at the cultural interface

Learn the skills and abilities needed to work in the community and actively promote a positive sense of identity, culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and practice.

Explore self-awareness and reflective practice

Engage in self-evaluation, critical thinking and reflective practice to gain a deeper understanding of the self, and how this interplays with the therapeutic process, personal growth and ongoing professional development.

 

What you will study

The course has 3 units of study.

 
Graduate Certificate of Counselling units
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice 
  • Theories and Techniques in Counselling 
  • The Role of the Counsellor 

Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate of Counselling you will need the following:

  • Bachelor degree from a country specified in the Admissions Policy (with preference given to degrees relating to 'helping professions');
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);

Student Support

Not only will you be supported by our academic staff with feedback and answers to your academic questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email to provide motivation and guidance, supporting you while you achieve your study goals.

Assessment

Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit's assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for 100% online programs.

How to apply

Ready to apply? Our support staff are available to guide you through our three-step process.

Find out more.

FEE-HELP

The government loan scheme that applies to most postgraduate courses is known as FEE-HELP. Australian citizens and holders of a Permanent Humanitarian visa who are residing within Australia are eligible to access FEE-HELP. Using this program, you can borrow enough money from the Commonwealth Government to cover your course fees. Once your income reaches a certain level, you will pay the loan back via the tax system.

For more information on fees and the FEE-HELP loan, call us on 1300 707 760.

Studying online with ECU

ECU Accelerated Online enables you to fit study around your life and graduate sooner than traditional part-time study. Delivered in a flexible online format and with six study periods a year, you could complete the Graduate Certificate of Counselling in as little as six months, meaning you can take advantage of the growing employment opportunities sooner.

Designed to meet best practice online learning standards and using the latest learning technology, the Graduate Certificate of Counselling will give you the same quality of education and learning outcomes that you would receive if studying on campus.