Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling - CHC81015

Relationships Australia (Victoria) Inc

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Postgraduate

This qualification is part of the Community Services Training Package. It reflects the role of individuals who work as family and/or couples relationship counsellors. They may work independently or in organisations, providing counselling interventions, (rather than counselling support) for families and/or couples experiencing relationship issues of a complex nature. Counselling contexts may include pre- or post- separation and divorce or where client has involvement with the Family Law system. Counsellors at this level make high level, independent, complex judgements in highly specialised contexts.


  • 11 units: 5 core
  • 6 elective


  • Work effectively with young people and their families
  • Manage work health and safety
  • Promote accountability and assist users of domestic and family violence to accept responsibility
  • Provide case management supervision
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Work with users of violence to effect change
  • Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence
  • Work effectively in social and emotional wellbeing
  • Operate in a family law environment
  • Work within a child inclusive framework
  • Manage domestic and family violence screening and risk assessment processes
  • Respond to loss, grief and trauma
  • Establish and maintain the safety of people who have experienced domestic and family violence
  • Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances
  • Develop a healing framework for social and emotional wellbeing work
  • Provide grief and loss counselling
  • Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence
  • Make safety plans with people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence
  • Initiate and lead applied research
  • Plan and implement a coaching strategy
  • Establish change promoting relationship with users of domestic and family violence
  • Provide domestic and family violence support in non-English speaking background communities
  • Assist clients to develop parenting arrangements
  • Develop and implement policy
  • Provide leadership across the organisation
  • Work with involuntary and mandated clients
  • Lead personal and strategic transformation
  • Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • Plan and provide group counselling
  • Provide relationship counselling
  • Work within a clinical supervision framework
  • Implement participation and engagement strategies
  • Facilitate the family counselling process
  • Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity
  • Provide domestic and family violence support in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
  • Provide counselling to children and young people
  • Work with a child-focused approach
  • Provide programs for people who have been subjected to domestic and family violence

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Camberwell Domestic: $12,000
No information available Yes
  • Part-time : 1 year

Further information

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed 50 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

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