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The Graduate Certificate in Counselling provides postgraduate qualifications for those seeking to enhance their skills in the professional domain of counselling and psychotherapy. The qualification also meets the need of those seeking work in community and business settings to facilitate positive human change.

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is the first exit point as part of the Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy course and also provides a pathway into this course.


Qualification Title Qualification Title


Study Options – Domestic Australian students Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time or Part- time, On-Campus

On-campus study involves lectures, clinics, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations, learning portal activities, clinic hours and personal study hours.

Note: two subjects only are offered online.

Study options – Overseas students Study options – Overseas students


Start Dates Start Dates

19 February 2018, 4 June 2018, 17 September 2018

Course Length Course Length

Full-time: 7 months

Full-time accelerated: 4 months

Part-time: 1.3 years

Entry Requirements Entry Requirements
  • Diploma in an unrelated field and  4 years work or volunteering experience in a related field; OR
  • 5 years work or volunteering experience in a related field; and
  • CV and application letter and/or screening questionnaire
  • An interview may be required to ascertain suitability to meet course requirements.

Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 6.0

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students Finance Options - Domestic Australian students

FEE HELP, or flexible payment options available

Course study requirements Course study requirements

One 3-hour lecture per subject per week – total requirement 10 hours per subject per week

Assessment Assessment

A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing and clinical training.

Location Location

Pyrmont Campus

Delivered by Delivered by

Jansen Newman Institute courses are delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd, ABN 93 050 049 299, RTO No. 0269, CRICOS: 00246M.

Accrediting body Accrediting body

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

CRICOS Course code (if applicable) CRICOS Course code



The subject introduces students to the field of developmental, personality and social psychology and explores why people do what they do, and what drives or motivates human behaviours.

Students will examine the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death in their social and cultural contexts. The subject also examines the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

JNI students are required to explore an integrated approach to theories, modalities and practice skills, and this subject sets the foundation for this work by introducing students to a selection of influential counselling theories including:

  • Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories;
  • Person-centred Therapy;
  • Existential Therapy;
  • Gestalt Therapy;
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy;
  • Family Therapy;
  • Feminist Therapy;
  • Solution-Focused Therapy, and
  • Narrative Therapy

Students participate in different experiential learning scenarios to develop their understanding of the range of counselling interventions available to them from each of the counselling theories presented. This subject also establishes a firm foundation for the concepts and techniques developed in later subjects.

This subject explores the nature of interpersonal communication in its many guises by considering different communication channels and barriers to effective communication. Students are required to consider the role of self and culture in interpersonal communication, and the part that perception, listening and reflection play. Students are also given opportunities to examine how different types of relationships (family, work, personal) can be enhanced through more effective communication.

This subject provides students with opportunities to explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when working as a professional in a therapeutic context. Students engage with the topic to such a level that they can articulate their ethical position and what they consider to be moral behaviour in the therapeutic relationship. Professional standards for counsellors and counselling practice are be identified and implications for professional practice determined.

Frequently Asked Questions

Studying on campus will offer you a high level of motivation and personal interaction between your lecturers and fellow students. At JNI we understand that you might be new to tertiary study or may be returning to study after an extended period away. When coupled with the myriad of priorities of modern life, students need concrete, practical support.

JNI’s faculty and administration are there to offer support. Our average theory class size is 20, so you will have excellent access to lecturers. There is a wide range of personal, academic and professional support available including academic writing, referencing training and assignment feedback through JNI’s Student Support Coordinator.

All JNI courses are FEE-HELP loan approved. Almost every Australian citizen is eligible for FEE-HELP, meaning you do not have to pay anything upfront, but can pay for your course as you earn. FEE-HELP is a federal government loan scheme, and like all other loans needs to be repaid. Failure to pay back this loan as required under the conditions of the loan may impact the borrower’s credit rating.

Acceptance into any of the above courses is subject to an interview. To arrange this please call us on 1800 777 116.

All JNI courses are FEE-HELP approved. Almost every Australian citizen is eligible for FEE-HELP, meaning you do not have to pay anything upfront, but can pay for your course as you earn after the completion of the course.

You may also be eligible for Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance. Applications for these are assessed by Centrelink, so you should contact your nearest Centrelink office to discuss your eligibility.

Information provided in this document is current at the date of publication and may be subject to change.