Graduate Diploma of Counselling

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time (7 months accelerated), 2 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Human Resources Officer | Grief Counsellor | Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | View All

Course Rundown


Take the next step in your counselling, coaching or management role by studying this Graduate Diploma of Counselling course. 

Designed for students with a background in counselling, psychology or psychotherapy, this course offers a professional development opportunity for practitioners seeking rapid career progression. It also offers an opportunity for professionals working in community and business settings to develop their work using theories and principles of positive psychology and coaching. 

With a blend of on-campus and online delivery, and an optional accelerated graduation track, this course is flexible for students continuing work or seeking to develop new skills without the commitment of long-term study. This course also acts as a pathway to the Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy for students seeking further development opportunities. 

If you’re seeking a professional challenge, want to build your skills and are interested in expanding your counselling knowledge, this course offers a practical and rewarding new opportunity. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a diploma in a related field and have four years or work or volunteering experience in a related field; OR
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in a unrelated field and have two years of work or volunteering experience in a related field; AND
  • Complete an interview.

What You’ll Learn

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Understanding social and emotional behaviour across the lifespan: An introduction to developmental psychology
  • Theories and practices of counselling
  • Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication
  • The counsellor: Ethics, legal and professional issues
  • Mental health: Assessment and intervention in therapy
  • Practicum 2: Clinical placement

Elective units:

  • Positive psychology and coaching
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Working with complex presentations
  • Focusing
  • Working with young people
  • Introduction to somatics
  • Responding to complex trauma and sexual abuse

Why study with Jansen Newman Institute?

The Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) is a highly regarded education provider offering programs in applied social science, counselling and psychotherapy, community services and more.

With a focus on experiential learning, JNI’s nationally-recognised and industry-designed courses ensure that students graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills that are in demand in their field.

JNI is part of the Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.

Student Support

As a student of the Jansen Newman Institute, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor.

Have one-on-one study support to help you create goals, study plans and develop strong study skills. You will also have access to over 70 million articles from one of the largest online libraries in Australia!

JNI are all about creating a supportive learning environment to help you thrive! Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are on hand help you be more effective in your study and build your skills. From writing essays and reports to goal setting and exam prep – they’ll guide you through it all (available online and on campus).

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from Jansen Newman Institute.

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to progress your counselling career, and may offer you opportunities to seek more diverse roles in either specialised counselling practises or in general business, relationship and lifestyle coaching.

You may also choose to undertake further study after completing this course. The units completed in this course may be credited towards Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute. 

If you choose to exit this course early, you may be eligible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Counselling.

Curious about where a career in mental health could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Jansen Newman Institute offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront. Other payment options may also be available to eligible students. Enquire now to find out more!