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Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling

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Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling [exit point only]

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CSU’s Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling enables you to make a difference to people’s lives – by providing spiritual and psychological support to those who need it most.

You will develop the skills and experience to offer counselling across a wide range of settings – from pastoral and clinical practice, church and community work, to lay and ordained ministry – to help them with any issue, be it personal, family, marital or faith.

The Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling is taught be leading experts in the field, with strong industry links and contemporary experience. So you will complete a comprehensive learning program, including all the latest theories and practices.

    The wide range of knowledge and skills you will develop means that you will be able to work across a number of clinical and pastoral settings, making you highly employable. In fact, CSU has one of the highest rates of graduate employment in Australia.

    The course is suitable for students from a variety of academic backgrounds. You can study this course if you have completed an undergraduate degree in one of a number of other fields – including Theology and Psychology. Whatever your background, this course builds on your experience.

    CSU offers flexibility when it comes to learning. This course combines online learning with extensive experiential learning in residential schools – during which you will connect with some of the leading figures in the field and a diverse, committed student cohort.

    The Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling can also be your pathway to a higher degree by research, or articulated into further study for ministry. It may also provide an avenue to a Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) accredited training program.

  • Career opportunities

    The Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling will equip you to work in – or enhance your performance in – a wide range of people-centred professions, faith-based or otherwise. These include:

    •    Counselling
    •    Pastoral care
    •    Aged care
    •    School welfare
    •    Grief counselling
    •    Care coordination
    •    Chaplain (institutional or congregational)

    The Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling also provides a sound foundation for further study in the discipline, and you could use your pastoral counselling studies to articulate into further study for ministry.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32) [Exit Point Only]
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428.

    Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling (64)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, THL430, THL432 and THL433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the degree structure for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).

    Master of Pastoral Counselling (128)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies
    THL531 Pastoral Counselling Research Proposal
    THL625 Pastoral Counselling Dissertation (32)

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, THL430, THL432 and THL433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the structure of the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).
    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of eight subjects as outlined in the structure for the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling (64).

    Master of Pastoral Counselling (Clinical) (128)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice (16)
    THL524 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, THL430, THL432 and THL433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the structure of the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).
    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of eight subjects as outlined in the structure for the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling (64).

     

    Enrolment pattern

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN PASTORAL COUNSELLING (32) [Exit Point Only]
    Part-time

    Session 1
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory & Professional Issues

    Session 2
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF PASTORAL COUNSELLING
    Part-time

    Session 1
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory & Professional Issues

    Session 2
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 4 subjects (32cps)

    Session 3
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma

    Session 4
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition

    MASTER OF PASTORAL COUNSELLING
    Part-time

    Session 1
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory & Professional Issues

    Session 2
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 4 subjects (32cps)

    Session 3
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma

    Session 4
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 8 subjects (64)

    Session 5
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16) (Commenced)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    Session 6
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16) (Completed)
    THL531 Pastoral Counselling Research Proposal

    Session 7
    THL625 Pastoral Counselling Dissertation (32) (Commenced)

    Session 8
    THL625 Pastoral Counselling Dissertation (32) (Completed)

    MASTER OF PASTORAL COUNSELLING (CLINICAL) (128)
    Part-time

    Session 1
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory & Professional Issues

    Session 2
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 4 subjects (32cps)

    Session 3
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma

    Session 4
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 8 subjects (64)

    Session 5
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16) (Commenced)
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions

    Session 6
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16) (Completed)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    Session 7
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice (16) (Commenced)
    THL524 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Pastoral Counselling (16) (Commenced)

    Session 8
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice (16) (Completed)
    THL524 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Pastoral Counselling (16) (Completed)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL531 Pastoral Counselling: Research Proposal
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills

  • Admission information
    1. Applicants should be able to demonstrate personal suitability to undertake professional practice as a pastoral counsellor, including self-awareness, relational capacity, personal ethical practice, being able to reflect on and learn from experience, and being open to positive and challenging feedback; and
    2. Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree in theology, psychology or equivalent. Applicants with degrees in any other disciplines are encouraged to apply; or
    3. Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered, with evidence that they are able to undertake tertiary studies in this area (such as a letter of motivation and two professional or academic references), as assessed by the Course Coordinator.

     

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOAGF

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (eight subjects).

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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website. 

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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