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Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Course Code G1055
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
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Qualification Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course supports students in developing professional competence and personal readiness for a career in counselling. It is committed to experiential learning, with an emphasis on the counselling relationship, the key feature of effective counselling practice. The critical appraisal of counselling literature combined with applied learning across most units provides students with the opportunity to develop a good foundation of theoretical knowledge and elementary hands-on counselling skills.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for admission to the Master of Counselling and will be exempt from the units already completed which are common to both degrees.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of a bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in any discipline. Applications based on previous study or professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The admission process includes both application and interview. Applicants will need to supply their CV and a personal statement that details their past accomplishments, future plans, and interests in the counselling program for which they have applied as part of the admission process. Interviews will be offered to suitable candidates.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Understand theoretical and practical principles of Counselling and develop the ability to critically think about Counselling models and practice by:
* Demonstrating and applying knowledge, principles and concepts of evidence-based counselling practice;
* recognising how the legislative and professional frameworks impact on Counselling practice and health care;
* recognising how Counselling plays an essential role in society and the promotion of health and well being.

Possess skills within a professional and ethical framework evidenced by:
* conducting a comprehensive case conceptualisation through comprehensive and yet integrative assessment based on sound research evidence;
* establishing and maintaining and therapeutic relationships;
* demonstrating a foundational set of clinical and critical thinking skills in counselling in relation to a broad set of client problems;
* application of case-based theoretical knowledge that forms the base for extended learning of clinical skills
* synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources.

Bring knowledge of counselling into their field of employment by:
* understanding principles for effective counselling practice in the context of interdisciplinary teams in a range of counselling settings as the premise for delivering quality client-centred counselling services;
* participating in ongoing professional development of self and others;
* communicating appropriately an understanding of client-related and process-based information, and their implication in terms of intervention choices and outcomes;
* presenting knowledge and information, and articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes that include assessment, treatment, education and research.

Take personal, professional and social responsibility by:
* recognising and adhere by the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which Counselling is practised;
* recognising and attending to personal development as a critical aspect of sound clinical practice;
* working responsibly and safely whilst demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning;
* understanding and being able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of Counselling in the local and global community.
Employment Prospects The Graduate Diploma provides the opportunity for people to add core counselling knowledge and skills to existing professional roles in health, education, social services or business. Alternatively people with an existing practice in mental health fields can enrol in a Graduate Diploma to further develop their skills. Graduates may be employed in government and non-government counselling organisations working with adults, children, families and couples.
Professional Recognition Graduates are eligible to apply for a Practicing Membership with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Professional Accreditation Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
The Graduate Diploma is a requisite step towards the Master of Counselling degree which has Professional Accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma may apply for admission to the Master of Counselling.
Advanced Standing Up to 12 credit points is available (0.5 years) of advanced standing to students who have a Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Counselling or who have successfully completed a minimum of Level 8 units with learning outcomes equivalent to one or more units comprising the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

CSL582 Principles of Counselling 1 - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL581 Experiential Learning in Group Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal (quota of 16 places)

CSL566 Case Conceptualisation and Assessment in Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S2-internal

CSL583 Counselling Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CSL578 Counselling Children and Adolescents - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SHP632 Applied Health Research Methods: From Research to Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
MANDURAH: S1-external, S2-external

CSL576 Introduction to Creative Arts Therapies in Counselling - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal (quota of 20 places)

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