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Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)


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Title Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Course Code C1111
Study Level Graduate Certificate
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr Gaston Antezana Ortiz | Email: G.Antezana@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2560

Qualification Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Duration 1 semester full-time (if commencing in Semester 1 at Murdoch, or if commencing in Semester 2 at Mandurah) or part-time equivalent, depending on unit selection
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Mandurah campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Certificate in Counselling provides students with the opportunity to begin developing professional competence and personal readiness for a career in counselling. The course is committed to experiential learning, enabling students to focus on quality of counselling relationships as a key feature of effective counselling practice.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Counselling may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma or Masters in 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.

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;
* 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;
* 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 Certificate provides an introduction to counselling for people wanting to pursue further training. It also provides the opportunity for people to add counselling 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 Certificate to develop their skills.
Professional Recognition Employers in a variety of fields, from Counselling, Social Services, Teaching and Nursing, consider the Graduate Certificate as valid for professional development opportunities.
Professional Accreditation The Graduate Certificate is a step towards the Master of Counselling degree which has Professional Accreditation with Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia PACFA.
Further Study Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma or Masters 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 - 12 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

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

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

CSL583 Counselling Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CSL566 Case Conceptualisation and Assessment in Counselling - 3 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)

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

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