A counselling career change

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Those seeking to enhance or commence a counselling career can now do so at postgraduate level through Avondale College of Higher Education following approval of a new graduate diploma.

Students need no previous training or experience to complete the two-year course. “The major or specialisation of your first degree doesn’t matter,” says Counselling Strand convenor Paul Bogacs. “The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is an entry-level program that can be your pathway into setting up a private practice, working in an agency or working as a school counsellor, drug and alcohol counsellor or case manager.”

Avondale offers the course in two modes: by distance with four, one-week intensives, or; face-to-face on-campus. “You have options,” says Bogacs. “Study online and just come to Avondale for the intensives. These will give you practical experience and the opportunity to meet your lecturers and counsellor-in-training colleagues. Or study on our Lake Macquarie campus over two years full-time or up to six part-time.”

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling, approved on Tuesday by Avondale and Charles Sturt University as part of a Jointly Conferred Award Scheme, is now offered in addition to a three-year counselling specialisation or major as part of the Bachelor of Arts. Both courses include a one-year clinical placement and meet the requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

“Counselling is one of the most satisfying careers,” says Bogacs, who moved into the field more than 20 years ago after a career in ministry. “I love it because I value emotional health and I’m passionate about helping people.”

Apply to study counselling

Get your counselling qualification in a nurturing environment at Avondale. To find out more about our face-to-face and distance education courses or to apply online, visit www.avondale.edu.au, phone +61 2 4980 2377 or email study@avondale.edu.au