Why study counselling online? Because distance learning is the most convenient way to gain professional accreditation.
- You can prepare to be a counsellor by studying online and doing some face-to-face classes and training.
- Online degrees in counselling are available through a selection of Australian universities and colleges.
Distance learning courses are popular with (i) people looking to change careers and (ii) professionals already working in community welfare.
Studying counselling at an undergraduate level gives you the opportunity to learn about more than counselling. Australian universities offer distance education programs where you can combine counselling with other disciplines, such as community welfare and psychology.
ACAP Bachelor of Counselling
The Australian College of Applied Psychology offers a fully accredited Bachelor of Counselling degree that can studied in blended mode (combining online and on-campus study). ACAP runs the course in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It includes 250 hours of supervised work placements. The program gives students practical skills and theoretical foundations for working as a professional counsellor.
ECU Bachelor of Counselling
Edith Cowan University in Perth offers a 3-year Bachelor of Counselling online degree. The program provides the academic foundations for being a counsellor. There are 12 core units. The remainder (other half) of the degree is composed of units chosen by the student. Majors can be selected from the School of Arts and Humanities, allowing you to study complementary topics such as psychology, social science, youth work, and media and communications.
USQ Bachelor of Human Services
The University of Southern Queensland offers a major in Counselling as part of the Bachelor of Human Services degree. Students study another discipline as a minor, with preference given to Child and Family. Some on-campus attendance (in Toowoomba, Fraser Coast or Springfield) is required for professional accreditation.
ECU Graduate Certificate of Counselling
An easy and effective way to earn a university qualification is to do Edith Cowan University's Graduate Certificate of Counselling. The 3-unit online course takes just 6 months of part-time study and is a pathway to ECU's Master of Counselling. Students examine the foundations of counselling practice, the role of the counsellor, and counselling theories and techniques. The knowledge gained supports counselling practice in fields such as nursing, social work and teaching.
Postgraduate counselling courses give students the opportunity to gain accreditation or, for practising counsellors, to further their professional development.
A graduate diploma or masters degree is the normal path for graduates of other disciplines who want professional qualifications.
- Graduate diploma and masters courses can both take up to 2 years.
- You may also need to take such a course if you have completed a bachelor degree in counselling that is not recognised by PACFA.
Fully online courses are unavailable since some important training elements call for face-to-face instruction – it's counselling after all.
ACAP postgraduate courses
The Australian College of Applied Psychology offers postgraduate study of counselling in the blended mode format, which requires some on-campus attendance. The 2-year Graduate Diploma of Counselling course is run in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. The 2-year Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is available in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.