UNE's Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Master of Counselling awards are both accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), a national peak association and Australia’s largest single registration body for counsellors and psychotherapists. Student membership with the ACA is available while undertaking the awards, with professional membership eligibility after graduation. Graduates who engage in ongoing professional development are also eligible to be listed on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP), an independent national register of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.

About our courses

Our courses
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling The Graduate Diploma in Counselling provides professional training to prepare graduates to work in a diverse range of counselling contexts. Offering a combination of theoretical and experiential learning via distance education, the course is ideally suited to individuals wishing to gain an industry-recognised qualification whilst continuing to meet their work and family commitments. The course provides a direct pathway to the Master of Counselling at UNE.
  • Master of Counselling (72 credit point) – FEE HELP available
    This is an advanced professional counselling qualification. ACA accredited.
  • Master of Philosophy (Counselling)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Counselling)
Elective units

A growing number of students are choosing our counselling units as electives. If you enrolled in another degree at UNE, ask if you can enrol in some of the counselling units as part of your award.

For further information about individual counselling units, go to the course and unit catalogue.

Why study Counselling at UNE?

Our counselling awards offer:

  • the convenience of distance education combined with intensive residential schools held in Armidale
  • the opportunity for you to study while continuing to work
  • the opportunity to develop professional networks with other students
  • flexible pathways with entry and exit points.

The following are some of the areas in which counselling staff and postgraduate students have engaged:

  • Child maltreatment and trauma
  • Resilience
  • Mental health and the impact of mental illness
  • Grief and loss issues in relation to working as a therapist
  • The impact of suicide on family survivors and therapists
  • Social and cultural aspects of Indigenous identity
  • Cultural and diversity issues in counselling
  • Counsellor development and education
  • Vicarious traumatisation.

A knowledge of basic counselling skills and theory is an asset in a range of professional contexts, including teaching, nursing, general medical practice, social work, pharmacy, and complementary and allied health.

There are increasing opportunities for counsellors working in the non-government sector. Our graduates are employed in a range of professional settings, including:

  • relationships centres and counselling agencies
  • school counselling in non-government schools
  • family relationship centres
  • rehabilitation counselling
  • life skills counselling including financial counselling
  • telephone counselling centres, e.g. Lifeline
  • church based counselling organisations
  • private practice
  • ministry and pastoral care
  • youth work.