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Graduate Certificate of Counselling & Psychotherapy

The Cairnmillar Graduate Certificate of Counselling and Psychotherapy introduces students to the concepts and skills required to practice counselling and psychotherapy. The course provides training in specific counselling and psychotherapeutic modalities, enabling students to begin to develop a foundational understanding and the skills required when working with people in a wide range of different professions.
Upon completing this course, students will be able to add specific counselling knowledge and skills to their present work-related skills and to enhance self-understanding.

Students are trained in the application of counselling and psychotherapy through a discussion of case material, participating in intensive and regular small reflective group practice and clinical observation.


Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 each year
Delivery:  Part Time Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 1 Year Part Time FEE-HELP: Yes
Course Duration and Structure

This part time program consists of 50 credit points offered over a one year period. Students undertake a total of four coursework units of study.

Year One
CPc1 Psychotherapeutic Theories and Models
CPc2 Clinical Techniques and Interventions
CPc3 Interpersonal Processes in Psychotherapy
CPc4 Facilitating Therapeutic Change
Admission Criteria

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology or counselling with at least a credit (60%) average. Depending on professional experience, prospective students may be required to undertake The Cairnmillar Institute’s Introduction and Advanced Counselling Skills short courses prior to commencement. courses prior to commencement.

For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
  • Two references, preferably with at least one academic, using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.

Successful applications will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty, providing students the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have about the proposed course of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students may only be given credit for any coursework if it is from a successfully completed approved course.

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.
  • The capacity to be self-reflective and learn from experience.
  • Knowledge and integration of the range of understanding human diversity.
  • Respect and acknowledgement of indigenous history.
  • Understand the impact of gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion and ethnicity on therapy.
Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in a variety of settings including community health and community services organisations, the health professions, rehabilitation providers, human resource management, child protection, family support counselling services, allied clinics and services, and private practice.

Graduates of this program may be eligible to apply for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Professional Recognition

The course units form part of the nested suite of study within the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Further study (at least to the Graduate Diploma Level) is required to meet the professional training standards of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).