Advanced Diploma in Counselling

University of Divinity

Course details

Level of study: Pathways Programs


The Advanced Diploma in Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling

  • have well developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs.
  • have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors.
  • apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.
  • apply theological and professional reflection to their practice.
  • apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling consists of 144 points comprised of:

  • DZ2860 Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
  • DZ2075 Counselling Integration Practicum
  • DP1930 Academic Research and Writing
  • DZ2010S Introduction to Psychology
  • 36 points in the discipline of Professional Counselling
  • 18 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B or Field C
  • A further 18 points.

Pathways to this course

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling offered through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (aifc)

The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
17,534 Per Year
Read moreStandard unit fee: 1,861; Application fee: 300
Expected Feb 2024 1 year
Read more1 Year full time

Online study
University of Divinity
90 Albion Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128

Entry criteria

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education.

It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

IELTS Academic: 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Academic: 550 with a Test of Written English score of at least 4.5; TOEFL Internet: 79 including at least 21 (Writing), 12 (Listening), 13 (Reading), 18 (Speaking); PTE Academic: 58 with no communicative skill score below 50.

Application deadline: February, July


University of Divinity
90 Albion Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128
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