Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling

School of Arts & Sciences

The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling offers students the opportunity to experience University-level study in fields of counselling and development psychology. Students learn key approaches to counselling practice and develop skills in listening, critical reflection and structuring an interview session.

  • Why study this certificate?

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling is ideal for students who are new to university. It offers an opportunity to acquire new skills and practice in Counselling that may add to a student’s other professional qualifications. An Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling is a pathway to study higher awards, such as a Diploma or Bachelor degree.

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling is designed for students who:

    • Would like to add value to their existing professional experience and qualifications by gaining counselling skills. The program would be suited to professionals in human resource management, teaching, chaplaincy and social work, to name a few
    • Are returning to or entering university, and trialling whether they would like to proceed with further study in Counselling
    • Would like a pathway to further study into such degrees as a Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Bachelor of Arts (provided minimum entry requirements are met)
  • Program summary

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling consists of four courses.

    Students must complete three of the following compulsory courses:

    • COUNS1003 Theories and Approaches to Counselling
    • COUNS1004 Counselling Skills Training 1
    • BESC1000 Developmental Psychology or PSYC2170 Developmental Psychology

    Plus, one of the following elective courses (where pre-requisites allow):

    • COUNS2002 Counselling Skills Training 2
    • COUNS2004 Counselling and Children or COUN2150 Counselling Children and Adolescents
    • COUNS2005 Grief and Loss Counselling
    • COUNS2006 Counselling Adolescents or COUN2150 Counselling Children and Adolescents
    • COUN2060 Cross-cultural Counselling
    • COUN2080 Counselling in the Area of Alcohol and Other Drugs or COUN2007 Trauma and Addiction Counselling
    • COUN2110 Trauma Counselling or COUN2007 Trauma and Addiction Counselling

    Please note that although this certificate is delivered wholly online, the Bachelor of Arts requires attendance on the Sydney or Fremantle campus.

    Full details of the program are contained in the Program Regulations

  • Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements of The University of Notre Dame Australia apply for the Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling.

    While minimum entry requirements need to be met, we also consider a student’s application more broadly — their non-academic achievements (professional work experience, leadership roles, volunteering, community and/or church involvement), as well as their personal qualities, aspirations, interests and capacity to successfully complete this program.

  • Fees

    For more information and indicative fees, please visit the Fees page.

  • More information

    For more information please email studyonline@nd.edu.au

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