Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Holistic Practice)

Course Code

GDC

Qualification

Graduate Diploma

Mode

Mixed-mode, intensives and online study

Credit Points

26

Duration

1 year

Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Holistic Practice)

AQF Level 8

The aim of holistic counselling is to promote critical questioning and reflection on the human condition and spirituality, and their relationship to wellbeing.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Holistic Practice) is a postgraduate course consisting of eight units of 26 credit points in total. Most students will complete the course in mixed mode full-time in one year.

Total course hours are 979, made up of 114 timetabled hours over two semesters of 16 weeks, and 760 personal/untimetabled study hours. The course includes a placement of 100 hours in total, made up of 15 client practice hours, practice administration and placement activities. Students must also complete five hours of personal therapy as a course requirement.

The course is designed to develop specialised knowledge and skills in holistic counselling and process oriented methodologies. The aim of holistic counselling is to promote critical questioning and reflection on the human condition and spirituality, and their relationship to wellbeing. Graduates will have a competent level of awareness of self and others, integrity, ethics, rigour and development of consciousness.

Assessment

Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of theoretical integration and competent application of holistic counselling skills. Therefore, the course has been designed with assessments that test each unit’s learning outcomes.
Unit outlines provided to students include mapping of assessments against the unit’s learning outcomes and an outline of the graduate attributes developed in the unit.
Marking rubrics are used to ensure consistency in marking and grading, and the provision of clear and helpful feedback to students on how to improve their performance in future assessment tasks.

Student Progression Requirements

Students are expected to maintain good study habits, meet attendance requirements, log in regularly to Sophia learning management system, and submit all assignments by the due date. Students at risk of academic failure will be invited to meet with the Academic Director if they are:

  • Not meeting attendance requirements,
  • Fail to submit assessments, and
  • Have Fail grades for their enrolled units.

The meeting gives students a chance to discuss extenuating circumstances and agree on an academic support plan. Students may bring a support person to the meeting.

Core Units

Course Sequence, Units and Credit Points (26 cp in total)

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Key Dates & Census Dates

Semester Dates

2022

Semester 1

Semester 1 Start date: Monday 14 February 2022

Intensive 1 Start date: Monday 14 February 2022

Intensive 1 End date: Sunday 20 February 2022

Semester 1 End date: TBC

Semester 2

Semester 2 Start date: Monday 4 July 2022

Intensive 1 Start date: Monday 4 July 2022

Intensive 2 End date: Sunday 10 July 2022

Intensive 2 Start date: Friday 28 October 2022

Intensive 2 End date: Sunday 30 October 2022

Semester 2 End date: TBC

Census Dates

Semester 1: Wednesday 16 February 2022

 
 
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Timetable

Semester 1 2022

Workshop Intensive 1 (on-campus): Monday 14 February - Sunday 20 February 2022

  • Days 1 - 6: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Day 7: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Online discussions are also scheduled throughout the semester for each unit.

Course Tuition Fees

The Graduate Diploma (GDC) is $19500 in total from 26 Credit Points:

  • 2 credit point unit: $1,500 (one in course)
  • 3 credit point unit: $2,250 (six in course)
  • 6 credit point unit: $4,500 (one in course)

Course payment plans are available, enabling students to pay fees in monthly or bi-monthly instalments.

Fee refunds

Students may withdraw from their enrolled units prior to the Census Date, which is Day 3 of each semester, and receive full unit tuition fee refunds. The enrolment fee is not refundable.

Students who withdraw from their enrolled units after the Census Date will not usually receive a tuition fee refund. However, students who require special consideration may apply for a refund on the Fee Refund Application Form.

Other Costs

  • Application fee: $175
  • National Police Check: $41.50 on the Clear to Work website
  • Textbooks: Students are expected to purchase the required textbooks for each unit
  • Personal therapy: Five sessions with a PACFA registered counsellor or psychotherapist
  • Travel and accommodation for three workshop intensives

Bridging Course - $1000

Applicants who have not completed counselling skills training in their previous qualification will be required to attend a bridging course provided by Metavision Institute.

More details can be found here: Foundational Counselling Skills