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Certificate in Counselling Skills, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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The focus of the course is on providing the conceptual underpinnings of counselling practice and developing a self awareness - two practitioner capabilities essential to effective counselling in a community work context.

Further studies

Students interested in progressing further in this area can elect to study:

  • Bachelor of Social Science

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dynamic Models of Counselling
  • Self Development 1
  • Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice
  • Humanistic Models of Counselling
  • Self Development 2
  • Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience (paid or volunteer) in community work.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Joondalup

  • 1400 - 2500 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships available include:

  • Australia Awards
  • Endeavour Awards Programme
  • Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (EIPRS)
  • ECU Executive Deans Honours Scholarship - Faculty of Business and Law (Honours)
  • ECU International Alumni Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Edith Cowan University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECU-IPRS)
  • Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (ECUPRS)
  • Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS)
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Awards DEEWR

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