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Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling

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The Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling will develop student knowledge and skills in relationship counselling with emphasis on the process of creating a therapeutic environment for clients and on cultivating high levels of skill in communication, sensitivity, self-knowledge, and ethical conduct required of the counselling profession.

You will develop core skills and understanding of the main therapeutic approaches to relationship counselling and the application to relationship challenges. 

The course will examine common challenges including infidelity, communication difficulties and life transitions.

Our program is approved for FEE-HELP and is delivered online.

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Full-time, Part-time, Online

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6 Months (full-time)

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4 Units

You can apply for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling if you have successfully completed an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree in any field.

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Why study our Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling

Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling provides a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional tertiary education.

0 Career ready

When you graduate, you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in counselling – employed or self-employed – enjoying our strong industry reputation and linkage.

1 Extremely applicable

This course is extremely applicable to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct to your core profession – such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators.

2 Counselling education specialists

We believe you're better off learning from a specialist than a generalist. Many training providers deliver courses across a variety of industries. At AIPC, we prefer to concentrate on counselling and community services education.

3 Flexible learning

With so many demands on our time it can be difficult to fit study in around other commitments, that's why our Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling has been designed to maximise your learning from home where you can progress through your studies in a full-time or part-time pace.

Course Outline

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PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

This unit provides students with the theoretical grounding and fundamental elements of counselling practice through an integration of counselling processes and skills. Students will learn about the importance of the therapeutic alliance and develop discrete micro-counselling skills with an emphasis on relationship development and change facilitation. Students will be supported to explore and reflect on their own values and beliefs and how these may affect the counselling relationship and process.

TERM
UNIT CODE
TITLE
PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

This unit discusses the importance of ethical and legal frameworks and the obligations of the counsellor within the therapeutic context. Students will examine confidentiality and other core ethical principles with consideration of culture and identity within an Australian context. Record keeping, note taking and general client management are included to ensure student understanding of these legal and procedural elements.

TERM
UNIT CODE
TITLE
PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

This unit provides students with the theoretical grounding and fundamental elements of counselling practice through an integration of counselling processes and skills. Students will learn about the importance of the therapeutic alliance and develop discrete micro-counselling skills with an emphasis on relationship development and change facilitation. Students will be supported to explore and reflect on their own values and beliefs and how these may affect the counselling relationship and process.

This unit discusses the importance of ethical and legal frameworks and the obligations of the counsellor within the therapeutic context. Students will examine confidentiality and other core ethical principles with consideration of culture and identity within an Australian context. Record keeping, note taking and general client management are included to ensure student understanding of these legal and procedural elements.

TERM
UNIT CODE
TITLE
PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

In this unit students develop a critical understanding and knowledge of counselling models in the context of couples and relationships. Students will recognise the individual needs of clients, and the importance of a counselling approach that is client focused. Students will also reflect on their own values and beliefs within the context of relationship counselling.

TERM
UNIT CODE
TITLE
PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

This unit aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of current issues facing families. Students will critically reflect on therapeutic knowledge developed and their professional framework to develop responses to specific relationship issues and couple populations. Students will also consider the skills and knowledge required for working with infidelity, sexuality, communication issues, transitional issues and relationship breakdown/divorce.

TERM
UNIT CODE
TITLE
PREREQUISITE
EFTSL

In this unit students develop a critical understanding and knowledge of counselling models in the context of couples and relationships. Students will recognise the individual needs of clients, and the importance of a counselling approach that is client focused. Students will also reflect on their own values and beliefs within the context of relationship counselling.

This unit aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of current issues facing families. Students will critically reflect on therapeutic knowledge developed and their professional framework to develop responses to specific relationship issues and couple populations. Students will also consider the skills and knowledge required for working with infidelity, sexuality, communication issues, transitional issues and relationship breakdown/divorce.


This course is for the development of specialist knowledge and skills enhancement, and does not lead to accreditation or registration as a generalist or specialist Counsellor.

Below are the upcoming intake periods for the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling.

Term 1, 2023

Term Commences
Census
Completion
6th February 2023
20th February 2023
9th April 2023

Term 2, 2023

Term Commences
Census
Completion
24th April 2023
8th May 2023
25th June 2023

Term 3, 2023

Term Commences
Census
Completion
17th July 2023
31st July 2023
17th September 2023

Term 4, 2023

Term Commences
Census
Completion
9th October 2023
23rd October 2023
10th December 2023
Course

Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (4 Subjects)

Year
Tuition Fee per unit

$2,990

Total Course Cost

$11,960

Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (4 units)
2023
$2,990 each
$11,960

On your Application Form, you chose one course payment option to pay for your course. You are able to:

  • Option 1: Pay for your course using FEE-HELP (if you are eligible).
  • Option 2: Pay for each term of your studies upfront.
  • Option 3: Pay for a portion of your fees upfront and the remaining portion using FEE-HELP.

If your application is successful and you accept your placement, the investment for each unit is payable via the following methods after accepting your placement:

  1. If you are choosing to pay all or part of your unit fees through FEE-HELP, you will need to return your Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form for the term by the due date indicated in your term enrolment letter. You can find out more about FEE-HELP from the following publication: Fee Help Information – 2023
  2. Payment by credit card, cheque or money order for the term by the due date indicated in your term enrolment letter (usually within two weeks of the term commencing).
  3. If you are paying some of your fees yourself and some through FEE-HELP, then returning your Request for FEEHELP Assistance form and payment of the remaining amount by credit card, cheque or money order by the due date of the term.

If accepted into the course, you nominate your preferred payment method on your Confirmation of Acceptance form to confirm your place in the course. Please note that the unit fees, and any other associated fees, are current only for the units in which you are presently enrolled, and can be reviewed and changed at the Institute’s discretion for future terms.

Subjects where credit is granted

Students are able to apply for credit of previous studies and experience as described in the RPL and Credit Transfer Policy and are not required to pay the unit fee for each unit in which credit is granted.

Additional and Non-Tuition Costs

The following additional and/or non-tuition costs apply:

Textbook requirements vary between units and there are price variations between textbooks. Students receive a Textbook List with their Confirmation of Term Enrolment pack. Students are able to source textbooks from other suppliers if they choose. Students are encouraged to submit their online textbook order through the Co-Op https://www.coop.com.au/textbook/search prior to commencing their studies for the Term.

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External students borrowing hard copy library resources will need to pay for postage to return the borrowed item/s to the Institute at Locked Bag 15, Fortitude Valley 4006. Please refer to the Australia Post postage calculator for current indicative pricing: http://auspost.com.au/apps/postage-calculator.html.

For students living overseas, please check postage costs with your chosen postal or courier service. Overdue items are charged at $1- per day until the item is returned.

Students are able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer to receive credit for one or more units** of the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling (up to a maximum of 2 units).

This enhances student progression through the course and provides recognition for students entering the course with relevant prior studies and work experience. Students granted RPL or credit are not disadvantaged in achieving the expected learning outcomes of the course, and the integrity of the qualification must be maintained.

RPL recognises that students, due to relevant life and work experiences, may already possess the requisite skills and knowledge for unit/s in the Bachelor course. Students who have been working within a counselling environment for a number of years are able to apply for recognition of this prior learning or experience. Exemption can be applied for one or more course units** (up to a maximum of 2 units).

Assessing credit from prior experience takes into account the authenticity, currency, quality, relevance, transferability and comparability of the experience to the requirements of the unit for which credit is being applied.

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer refers to obtaining credit towards another course on the basis of having completed previous study of an equivalent subject or unit. Students who have completed similar units to those included in the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling are welcome to apply for Credit Transfer. Students who have completed or partially completed another counselling course are particularly encouraged to apply for Credit Transfer.

Credit will not normally be granted for formal study completed more than 10 years prior to application unless there is evidence of continued relevance of this study for the course towards which credit is sought. Credit is granted where there is substantial overlap with the content and/or learning outcomes of the unit for which credit is being applied.

When assessing credit based on prior study, consideration is given to the objectives of the course, methods of delivery and assessment, admission requirements, course durations, the breadth and depth of the course material, practical training requirements, and experience requirements.

**Students can only obtain credit for a total maximum of 2 units inclusive of whether this credit has been obtained via RPL or credit transfer.

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