Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling

Designed to upskill trained and experienced healthcare practitioners with trauma-informed theories and counselling interventions, based on current research, for the support and care of people and communities impacted by trauma. This course is overseen by Dr Katherine Hurrell.

Course Description

Our Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling is specialised training designed to build the current practice of healthcare professionals as they support people and communities impacted by trauma. This course is for accredited counsellors, registered psychologists and health care professionals with previous qualifications and experience. The course material includes the development and implementation of trauma-informed care and counselling and addresses specific areas of trauma and current best practice responses to childhood and lifespan trauma, domestic and family violence, human trafficking, and natural disaster recovery. Enhance and develop your skills in trauma-informed approaches to counselling, treatment and recovery management.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on one semester (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught across the semester. It comprises:

  • 4 core subjects (40 credit points)

To qualify for award of the Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling, a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) in a related discipline by an authorised institution, as determined by the Program Director, for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants seeking entry into this course may be eligible for Provisional Entry where they can demonstrate a minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in a related field. Applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet the above criteria, or equivalent.

Essential Entry Requirements

All applicants must submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. This should include the email and phone contact details for at least one professional referee.

The Program Director or delegated representative may conduct a pre-admission interview for applicants as part of their application for admission into this course. 

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney, Hobart, Online
Duration: 6 months full-time/up to 2 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, MCU and Professional development dates please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

Demonstrated:

  • integrated understanding of key issues, theoretical concepts and practices within trauma counselling context;
  • knowledge of various approaches used in trauma counselling within the Christian worldview framework;  

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • critically apply knowledge developed for use in trauma counselling;
  • use critical, evidence-based and innovative thinking skills to analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to trauma counselling;
  • effectively communicate ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments and scholarship in trauma counselling;

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate appropriate solutions to emerging trauma counselling challenges;
  • evaluate broad conceptual frameworks in trauma counselling;
  • critically and independently apply the knowledge and skills required as an informed trauma counselling practitioner.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling is designed to upskill trained and experienced healthcare practitioners with trauma-informed theories and counselling interventions, based on current research, for the support and care of people and communities impacted by trauma. These trained and experienced healthcare practitioners include:

  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Health Services

Questions about the Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling?

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Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 108382F