Graduate Diploma of Counselling - Child and Adolescent

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This course provides exposure to more extensive theories and practices of counselling that build on previous academic study, or personal and professional experience. The course aims to extend students' knowledge and skill level in the counselling discipline specifically for infants, children and adolescents. It is anticipated that students will already be working in a related field and the specialist training provided by the course will enhance their professional standing.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree; or Graduate Certificate in Counselling; or relevant Advanced Diploma and 2 years' relevant work experience, two professional references; and interview


80 credit points; practicum placement

Subjects you can Study:

Child and adolescent counselling

Study Pathways:

The Graduate Diploma course can be used as a pathway to the Master of Clinical Counselling.

Further information:

A range of counselling and human service careers are available including: Community welfare workers (e.g. Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline); Child safety; Child and youth service managers (e.g. Kids Help Line); Relationships Australia; Mission Australia; 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; Private practice; Juvenile Justice Officer.


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

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 2 years

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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.

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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.*

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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

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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.

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