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Our students, graduates and culture are unique. At JNI, our students care beyond what is expected, and pride themselves on helping others discover their own deep sense of inner peace and wellbeing.

If you want to study at a leading counselling and community services institution that values your unique life experience and focuses on the whole you, JNI is the right place for you.

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I’ve worked with so many young people who are at the end of their tether, and to be able to offer them a service and see them restored with their families and to see their faces and how appreciative they are, that someone walked this journey with them, that is absolutely incredible. Everyone can change the world, I think that is absolutely true.

JNI Undergraduate, Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

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I thought I might be the oldest on the course, however it was such a diverse group of people and ages!

JNI Graduate, Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

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I have a desire to help people live a better. It is fascinating - you meet people and the way they are living their lives - there is always such a story behind it. When people are not in such a great place, sometimes they just need someone to talk things through with. I enjoy that side of it.

JNI Graduate, Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

As a student, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed with study or would like some help to complete an assignment. Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are available on-campus.

All students can access LAS support online through their Student Portal or through the Student Services or lecturers on campus. Additionally, lecturers can refer students or students can contact Think: CLASS (Centre for Learning and Academic Skills Support) directly.

Think: CLASS staff can help you to study more effectively and develop your skills in:

  • Writing (essays and reports)
  • Study techniques
  • Goal setting
  • Grammar and spelling
  • Time organisation
  • Creating an effective study environment
  • Academic learning
  • Exam preparation

Our experienced team ensures that academic issues are dealt with and that students are supported in their learning. The team includes access to a counsellor who can offer confidential assistance to students with personal and welfare issues.

Improve your English with the English Direct Entry Program

The Direct Entry Program at Pyrmont is unique in Australia. It helps you improve your English within the subject area you are interested in, and build a foundation of knowledge and vocabulary that will help you succeed in your chosen field. You will also receive additional study support for the remainder of your course, making this a valuable investment for now and the future.

By studying the Direct Entry Program you can:

  • Enter your primary course at JNI on successful completion, without an IELTS/TOEFL entry test
  • Study with like-minded students who share the same discipline as their passion
  • Study for 25 hours of class time each week
  • Study English at JNI from day one of your chosen course
  • Improve your English level and academic skills while learning the language used in your future career industry
  • Achieve your required English level in only 10 – 15 weeks depending on IELTS entry level, saving time and money

English course overview

Learn to refine your research and referencing skills, become efficient in planning your study time and upgrade your skills in writing assignments appropriate for your primary course. You will also learn how to be an effective member of a team, think critically and get the best results. An added advantage of this course is access to LAS support for your entire study duration at JNI. Your LAS tutor will continue to support you to improve your skills during your study, both in specialist academic skills classes and in bookable tutorials. This service aims to significantly improve your assessment grades.

While there’s a strong focus on your own personal growth during your studies, JNI is also renowned for its academically rigorous courses and practical, student-focused approach that ensures graduates enter the workforce confident and prepared. As a result, JNI has received extensive accreditation and awards as an academic institution, and upon graduation from certain courses students are offered membership to their profession’s industry bodies.

Institutional awards and recognition

JNI has accreditation for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Upon graduation, you may apply for membership of a PACFA member association – earning you professional recognition at a national level. . The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) is an approved course of the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and all graduates of this course are eligible for ACWA membership.

Need to fit study around your schedule and lifestyle? JNI has options to suit your unique needs.

We recognise that each student has an individual way of learning and individual study needs. Through our selection of Diploma, Bachelor and Masters courses, you can choose to
 study a short or long-term course according to
 your existing commitments and availability. In many cases, you also have the option of studying full-time or part-time, on-campus or online - or a combination of both - to suit your schedule and location. In some cases, early exit qualifications may be awarded if you have not yet completed your course in full.

This versatile approach to designing your class schedule means you can study anytime, anywhere, in the way that best suits you; transforming your career at your own pace.

Diploma of Counselling CHC51712 On-campus,
or Blended
1 year full-time
1.5 years part-time
Diploma of Applied Social Science On-campus,
or Blended
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) On-campus,
or Blended
3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) On-campus,
or Blended
3 years full-time
6 years part-time

A professional clinic to nurture your confidence and skills

The Wellbeing Centre at Pyrmont Campus offers you a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience and develop confidence in your chosen career area by providing a unique range of holistic health and wellbeing treatments to the public.

At The Wellbeing Centre, everything you’ve learned in class is able to be put into practice. You’ll work with real clients to help them transform, grow and be heard.

These professional, affordable services, delivered by JNI students, are supervised by qualified and highly experienced practitioners. The result? Our students not only practise their skills, but also receive real and relevant feedback on their abilities, giving them the confidence to enter the workforce as soon as their studies are complete.

By using a coordinated matching process, JNI pairs its counselling and psychotherapy students with real clients who attend The Wellbeing Centre.

The Wellbeing Centre offers a breadth of holistic health treatments from students at the three colleges housed at the Pyrmont Campus:

  • Counselling sessions
  • Naturopathy consultations
  • Nutrition consultations
  • Herbal remedies
  • Relaxation massage therapy
  • Remedial massage therapy
  • Spa treatments
  • Beauty services
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You feel privileged sometimes. People are telling me stuff they haven't told anyone else. If they come back I feel like I have done something right. It is such a privilege to make a difference in someone’s life

JNI Graduate, Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

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I had a client who was very miserable, unhappy and wanted to end his life. You usually have a set procedures if someone is at risk to themselves. We put things in place to keep him safe and then I saw him over three months. He is now having a shift and transformation about his life - he is a lot more positive about his life. When something like that happens it is very rewarding, It's a magic thing that sometimes happens. For him, he is now touching upon things in his life and having realisations about his life which has helped through.

JNI Graduate, Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy