Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling

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Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling

When counselling a couple in difficulty or distress, we face not only two people, but a third thing: their relationship. This difference to personal counselling requires further skills development. 

The Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling (CHC81015) course provides this skills training required for those seeking to enter a specialised counselling profession. This course may also provide a pathway to the Charles Sturt University’s Master of Pastoral Counselling and counsellor registration. Like all courses at St Mark’s, it integrates the best of current practice with ancient Christian wisdom.

2 years part-time

  • Classroom-based
  • Online learning
  • Work-based

Location: Melbourne

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • hold an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent
  • hold a Diploma of Counselling from the CHC Community Services Training Package or equivalent
  • be able to provide documented evidence of previous experience in a family counselling environment in a job role involving the self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, the exercise of independent judgement and decision making, and a range of technical and other skills.

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.



  • Copy of relevant diploma/testamur
  • Referee report (written statement on the prospective student’s readiness; report must include referee’s contact details)

This course requires that you complete ALL of the following units of competency.

CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work

CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process

CHCFCS002 Provide relationship counselling

CHCFCS003 Provide counselling to children and young people

CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework

CHCDFV002 Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence

CHCDFV006 Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to effect change

CHCFCS004 Provide loss and grief counselling

CHCGRP005 Plan and provide group counselling

CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families

This counselling diploma emphasises face-to-face practical sessions for role play and hands-on learning. This course includes emphasis on group sharing and discussion as a form of assessment, and evaluation of recorded counselling sessions.

The completion of the Graduate Diploma in Relationship Counselling, and registration with a professional body after the requisite number of hours, may enable you to work in range of government and private counselling practices and organisations.

If you complete this course with the Diploma of Counselling, you may be eligible for accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).


Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2019
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2019


February intake: 15 February

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2019 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November.


Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September

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