The objective of the Cairnmillar Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy is focused attention and training in key therapeutic modalities and interventions. With its strong vocational emphasis, students learn how to integrate theoretical constructs, gain increased personal knowledge, increase their insight and understanding, apply advanced therapeutic techniques, and further develop their case conceptualisation, observational, and practice skills. A feature of the program is the introduction to the theory and the techniques of a brief integrative psychotherapy that integrates concepts from the psychodynamic, cognitive, existential, and humanistic psychotherapies in a relevant and practical treatment method. The course includes an understanding of the professional ethical, legal, and professional issues associated with counselling and psychotherapeutic practice.
The course includes supervised professional placement, with at least 40 direct client contact hours, at least 20 non client contact hours, and at least 10 hours of individual and group supervision throughout the duration of the placement.
|Location: Melbourne CBD||Intake: Semester 1 each year|
|Delivery: Full Time and Part Time||Fees: Fee information can be found here|
|Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time||FEE-HELP: Yes|
|CRICOS Course Code: 072432B|
|DPc1||Brief Integrative Psychotherapy|
|DPc2||Ethics and Professional Development|
|DPc4||Treatment Planning and Psychopathology|
Admission Criteria and Recognition of Prior Learning
An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology or counselling with at least credit (60%) average and relevant professional experience, and successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy with at least (70%) average.
Credit or partial credit cannot be granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.
Cairnmillar require two references, preferably at least one academic. However if you have been out of higher education for more than ten years then two professional references or voluntary references will be sufficient.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
- The ability to understand and practice within the PACFA Code of Ethics and Professional Guidelines
- The capacity to relate in a facilitative way
- Understanding and capacity for human relatedness
- An awareness of the impact of the self on others within ethical guidelines and frameworks
- The capacity to be self-reflective and learn from experience
- The skills to ability to Suicide risk assessment and management,
- Alternative modes of working with clients, including telephone and real-time internet, incorporating potential security and confidentiality issues
- Knowledge and integration of the range of understanding human diversity
- Understand the impact of gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion and ethnicity on therapy
- Respect and acknowledgement of indigenous history
Graduates may gain employment in a variety of settings including the health professions, rehabilitation providers, human resource management, child protection, family support counselling and private practice.
The course is part of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy which is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for listing on the PACFA register as an Intern.