Master of Counselling | aifc | Christian Counselling Education

Master of Counselling

 Master Of Counselling

ONE YEAR (FULL-TIME ) or 2 YEARS (PART-TIME) The Master of Counselling is an award accredited by the University of Divinity, delivered through a partnership with Stirling Theological College. The backbone of the program is a full year of Supervised Practicum and Advanced Counselling Strategies. These are supported with a set of prescribed electives for those students seeking peak body accreditation. Students who are already accredited with PACFA or ACA have a wide variety of electives to choose from to engage in areas of personal interest and specialty. Students may also replace the core units with a research option if they plan to undertake further (PhD) studies. The course commences in 2018. Entry into the Master of Counselling Program is based on an entry interview and successful completion of aifc’s 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual).  

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode
The delivery mode is mixed or ‘blended’ including on-line learning, face to face
seminars, reading and assessments and client practice hours.
Course Units
XP9076S* Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)
This unit allows students to build on the counselling hours previously acquired during their Graduate Diploma. It will consider the demands of their placement setting in terms of intake and assessment, note taking, report writing and documentation. It will require a minimum of 70 hours of supervised client work.
XP9077S* Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies
Taken concurrently with XP9076S, students will need to explore a variety of advanced counselling approaches and strategies for application during their practicum. Various approaches to eclecticism are explored.
*These two units are undertaken through the whole year, with half of each unit being completed in each Semester. Students must complete 4 electives.
Counselling Accreditation Stream Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma with a prior undergraduate degree will need to complete a particular set of electives in order to meet PACFA’s accreditation requirements
DP9778S Human Development
An exploration of the process of normal physical, social, cognitive and spiritual development. Identification and support for those who are not experiencing normal development.
DP9779S Critical Incident Counselling, Trauma and Suicide
An exploration of responding as a counsellor to critical incidents that are likely to be traumatic for some involved with a particular consideration of the assessment and management of suicidal ideation.
DP9730S The Art of Reconciliation
An exploration of growth into agents of reconciliation in Australia today. It will consider theological foundations, causes of relational dysfunction, gifts and challenges in engaging with First Nation Australian and the fostering of justice, truth, mercy and peace.
CT8702S** Interpreting Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
The challenges and issues of life are explored considering the interface of the Christian testimony, faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom.
*These two units are undertaken through the whole year, with half of each unit being completed in each Semester.
Students must complete 4 electives
** This is a recommended unit that has been developed for the Master of Counselling course. However, it is not required by any peak body and may be replaced with an alternate theology unit by negotiation with Course Coordinator.
DP9070S Pastoral and theological issues in aging
Students will explore topics such as dementia, society’s view of aging, disability, chronic illness and well being as they relate to an understanding of, and care for, the aging.
DP9033S Palliative and end-of-life care
Narrative therapy and its link with story telling will be explored in the context of working with individuals at end of life and their loved ones. A particular focus will be on forgiveness and grief and death as a spiritual journey.
DP8015S Supervision of Spiritual Care Practitioners
Students will explore topics such as dementia, society’s view of aging, disability, chronic illness and well being as they relate to an understanding of, and care for, the aging.
DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education
Using a method of action/reflection learning students will be expected to reflect on their practice in a counselling setting (their ‘clinic’), considering the spiritual and theological dimensions at play.
DP9022S Spiritual care in multi-faith settings
Through a one day immersion experience in 6 faith communities, students are challenged to consider the provision of care in hospitals, healthcare facilities and other faith communities.
Professional Development Stream Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma following completion of aifc’s Advanced Diploma will be able to choose from a wide range of electives as they will have already met the accreditation requirements of PACFA.
NOTE: A full list of elective options can be found by visiting the website of Stirling Theological College ( A limited set of elective options will be available to students who cannot undertake studies at Stirling’s Campus in Mulgrave, Victoria.
Research Formation Stream
Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma following completion of aifc’s Advanced Diploma and would like a pathway into further (PhD) studies will need to:
1. Replace the Core units with a Research Essay (12,000 words) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (relevant to counselling).
2. Include RQ9029C Research methodologies as one of their Electives.
NOTE: the exclusion of the Supervised Practicum may impact the recognition given to the Master of Counselling by professional bodies.
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

Students will only be able to enter into the 1 year Masters of Counselling upon successful completion of aifc’s 1 year Graduate Diploma course.

Locations Offered
Locations Offered
The course will be able to be completed by distance from anywhere in Australia with lectures being offered in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Students will be required to undertake clinical experience involving at least 70 hours of counselling during their studies. Students in Melbourne and/or Sydney may have access to a broader number of elective units through classroom study.

The Master of Counselling course will cost $14,400 and FEE HELP is available.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

aifc’s CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is nationally accredited Diploma that equips you with
the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

This qualification reflects the role of those who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling
and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the graduate will be working in defined and supported roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.


PLEASE NOTE:  The information below relates to courses undertaken as part of aifc's 2018 February intake. For information regarding fees, census dates or unit structures from previous years intakes, please email 

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

This program is available as a full-time study option. We have two intakes per year – early February and mid-year in July. This program is only available through distance education/online.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is delivered through the following programs:

Distance-based Program:

The distance-based delivery will be available for full-time time students only.

You will be assigned a specialised distance education assessor, who will guide and support you during your training journey. You will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our distance training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits you. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person.

You will require:
– Access to a computer with a web cam and a secure, reliable internet connection
– Basic computer and word processing skills
– Good written and spoken English

Our Distance Education Program is currently available in English with Korean language support provided through bi-lingual tutors. 

Course Units
Work legally and ethically*
The skills and knowledge needed to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workers.
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
Apply learning theories in counselling
Applying behaviourism in counselling practice and learning to be able to analyse environmental modelling influences (reinforcement being one of the influences) and their outcomes, and then applying a plan for change.
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor-client relationship.
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Enabling clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way, organising referrals where appropriate, and ways to bring the counselling process to an end..
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes*
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts.
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
Research and apply personality and development theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
cultural safety
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Work with diverse people
Respectful and effective counselling with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
The skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access support services.
Select and use counselling therapies
Use techniques from a range of counselling therapies and confirm the stability of Counselling techniques in a range of situations.
Apply active listening skills from a Christian perspective
The knowledge and skills required to implement active listening from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
Integrate theories of theology, psychology and spirituality relevant to counselling
An introduction to the nature and general problems of humanity, the nature of God, and the role of psychology. The focus is on developing a balanced integration of theology, psychology and spirituality.
Apply redemptive truth in counselling
Analysis, evaluation and application of the role of rejection and its effects, together with God’s redemptive restoration process, within a contemporary counselling context.
Provide loss and grief support
The skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. .
* This unit can be used towards completion of 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian).
** This unit can be used towards completion of10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling & Family Therapy (Christian).
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

For students applying to study Diploma through VET Student Loans:

For entry into Diploma via VET Student Loans assistance you are required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above.
If unable to provide sufficient evidence you may be asked to complete a LLN (language, literacy and numeracy) test and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3’ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

For self-funded Students:

If you choose to self-fund your study, you are required to provide a proof of identity document (a certified copy of driver’s licence or passport).

Locations Offered
Locations Offered

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is provided through a full-time distance education / online program.

Delivery OptionCourse FeeVET Student Loan availableMin. Supplementary PaymentResource FeeTotal Fee
Distance Education$9,996$9,996$0$0$9,996
SeminarNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available
On CampusNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot Available

*VET Student Loans are available to eligible students enrolled in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling or the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual). For more information, please visit:

About Our Courses


Founded in 1992, aifc’s courses were created out of a growing need for counselling training with a Christian perspective. Almost 25 years on, aifc is the leader in the field. All our Christian counselling courses are:



Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experts in their field. High quality training, combined with one-on-one access to lecturers makes the difference.



Full-time students spend just 13 days a year at their study centre. Study fits into your lifestlye. We also offer a distance-based program, so you can study anytime, anywhere.


We are one of the most affordable counselling training organisations in the country.  FEE-HELP and Austudy/Abstudy are available on approved courses to eligible students.



All our courses are nationally recognised. In fact aifc is the only Christian counselling vocational education institution to be accredited by ACA, PACFA and is a member of ACPET.