Graduate Diploma of Clinical Counselling

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling program builds on students' previous academic study or personal and professional experience by providing exposure to extensive theories and counselling practice. Graduates of this program will be able to: form effective interpersonal relationships; identify ways in which disturbance can occur in human development and how these difficulties are met by professional helpers; understand different approaches to counselling and their application in a given context; increase self-awareness and capacity for self-reflection; assist or organise assistance for clients and other persons in difficulty; generate goals and action plans with clients; and make and execute judgements across a broad variety of counselling contexts.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree; or Graduate Certificate in Counselling; or relevant Advanced Diploma in an area relevant to welfare or community services and 2 years' relevant work experience, and at least two professional references and interview


80 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Clinical counselling

Study Pathways:

Graduates may progress to the Master of Clinical Counselling or other postgraduate programs within ACU.

Further information:

A range of counselling and human service careers is available including: Community services (e.g. Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline), Kids Help Line, Relationships Australia, Mission Australia, Local Community Neighbourhood Centres, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), regional domestic and family violence services, school counselling, government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres), crisis counselling centres, and private practice.


Graduates are eligible for membership of state-based counselling associations.

Who for:

Those wishing to practice as counsellors and gain professional accreditation, and those wishing to use counselling skills in their present occupation

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 2 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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