Master of Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Counselling

We are excited to announce the Advanced Diploma in Counselling, coming in 2020.

Admission and Enrolment will open Friday 1 November 2019.

What is this course about?

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling

  1. have well developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs.

  2. have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors.

  3. apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.

  4. apply theological and professional reflection to their practice.

  5. apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.

Cost of study

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling requires completion of 144 points of study. Fees for 2020 are $1,704* per standard unit or $16,056 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

*Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fees of $2,916 per unit:

  • DZ2860S Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration

  • DZ2075S Counselling Integration Practicum

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Admission dates

  • Admissions for first semester 2020 close on Friday 14 February 2020.

  • Admissions for second semester 2020 close on Friday 17 July 2020.

Admission criteria

A person may apply to enrol as a candidate for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling if he or she:

  • Is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional body; and

  • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor; and

  • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Diploma of Counselling.

For the purposes of admission, eligible Diplomas in Counselling are:

  1. CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

  2. CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling

  3. 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)

  4. 80883ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

  5. 80665ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

  6. 11397ACT Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy

Follow on study

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Bachelor of Counselling Program. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Bachelor program.

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Get help with your application

Each of the states has a regional coordinator who will be able to guide you through the application process and track with you during the course of your studies. If you need any help either before, during or after your application, the regional coordinators are there to assist you. The regional coordinators are as follows:

WA & SA - Steve Poisat

QLD & NT - Tracey Milson

NSW - Mellisa Hayde

VIC & TAS - Art Wouters


Stirling Theological College
44-60 Jacksons Road
Mulgrave, VIC, 3170


Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM


Dr Art Wouters
Dean of Counselling at Stirling Theological College
(03) 9790 1000