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Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Foundations of Practice)

Summary
Graduate Certificate of Counselling Specialisation Foundations of Practice (GCCO)

Study Mode
  • External
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 4 units

Duration
  • 1 year part-time

Campus
  • -

The four courses within this major have mandatory residential schools on-campus at Ipswich.
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Program Information Set

Equip yourself with counselling skills

Enhance your career and gain skills in counselling with USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Counselling (Foundations of Practice). Your studies will include national mental health standards, professional practice, risk management counselling frameworks, ethics and legislation. The skills you will gain from your counselling studies will be transferable between nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.

Our online counselling degree is designed to develop your career within the health, psychology or human services profession. Offered part-time, this degree can alternatively be a professional development opportunity for psychologists and social workers.

Professional accreditation

Our Clinical Supervision, Foundations of Practice and Mental Health Counselling specialisations are designed to meet the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) standards and competencies.

As a graduate, your counselling and case management skills will provide you with the opportunity to work in a professional nursing, psychology, teaching, welfare, human services or allied health practices.

Other specialisations for the Graduate Certificate of Counselling include: Alcohol and Drug StudiesChild, Youth and Family TherapyClinical Supervision, and Mental Health Counselling

Residential schools

In addition to the courses listed below, external students will also have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Courses to be studied Units
4 x specialisation courses 4
Total 4
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (4 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 9360

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Residential schools

This program includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognised university.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

To apply for this degree:

 

 

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018. 

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.