Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling

This course gives practitioners specialised training in Trauma-Informed approaches to counselling. This course is overseen by Dr Katherine Hurrell.

Course Description

This course is designed to help counsellors, chaplains, and health care practitioners support people impacted by trauma. The course material addresses childhood 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:

  • 40 credit points of core subjects

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


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 Professional 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. 


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, Online, Intensive
Locations: Hobart, Sydney and Online
Duration: 6 months full-time/up to 2 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

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



  • 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;  


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

Graduates will be trained to practice trauma counselling but may find employment in a range of professional and educational contexts, not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations, community service-orientated positions, and positions that require research skills and critical thinking. 

Student Services

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

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