Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) - aifc

Advanced Diploma of Counselling
and Family Therapy (Christian)

10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

aifc’s 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) deepens and widens the work already completed in the Diploma and leads into over 20 hours of direct one-on-one counselling, where essential skills in listening, empathy and building trusting relationships are taught and assessed. You will begin your outward focussed journey in counselling exploring a number of elective units to suit your personal circumstances and calling.

The fields of individual therapy, family therapy, stress management, case management, grief and addictions are explored and assessed in practical and easy to understand ways, whilst being incorporated into the aifc Family Therapy Model.

Upon completion of your Advanced Diploma, you will have completed the required 17 units (including the units completed in your Diploma) which makes you eligible to receive the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

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

Starting at the beginning of the year:

10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) is delivered through the following programs:

Seminar-based Program:

This program requires full-time students to spend 11 days a year at the study centre. That is, you attend 2×3 day intensives and 2×2 day intensives, with one final day at the end of your course. In between seminars you will complete your work mainly via correspondence. This approach to studying allows you to study from wherever you are, with easy access to your trainers and assessors, who will guide you through your course.

Distance-based Program:

Our Distance Education Program is ideal for students who cannot get to their nearest centre, due to distance, or work/family commitments. Full-Time or Part-Time options are available within this program.

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.

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

On Campus Program:

The On Campus Program offers a rich, multicultural learning experience for students from all over the world. Students study 15 hours a week (typically a Tuesday and Wednesday) in Stanmore, Sydney. Discussion forums make up an additional 5 hours of online training each week. Only Full Time study is available through the On Campus Program.

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 (for our English program)


Students enrolling into the mid-year 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) will undertake their course via distance education. A specialised distance-based trainer will guide and support you throughout the course, keeping in contact through various online means including Skype, moodle messaging and web conferencing. 

You are not required to attend any face-to-face sessions (thanks to Skype and the ability to upload videos) but you will get to know your trainer and other students through online means.  Assessments are uploaded to our learning platform and consist of written, audio and video tasks. 

– This program is available as both a full time or part time study option. 

Course Units
CFTRFP610A Evaluate and apply models of relationships, family and parenting to therapy
A comprehensive approach looking at Biblical principles of family, marriage and parenting and applying and evaluating various family therapy models, and in particular Bowen’s family systems theory.
CFTMFT625A Apply a specific model of family therapy
A specific model of counselling based on the aifc definition of Christian counselling. It also provides ethical and therapeutic uses of Christian counselling methods and opportunities for practical application of the model with an individual.
CFTSMT645A Apply stress management in therapy
A full understanding of the theories of stress, ability to relate to clients with this understanding and apply therapy.
CHCCSL504A Apply personality and development theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
CFTATC604A Apply theology in counselling and therapy
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate Old and New Testament theology to contemporary living and apply it to clients.
CFTCFT691A Conduct family therapy with an individual
Therapy is provided using the aifc Family Therapy Model (under supervision) to address relationship issues with an individual client.
CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
CHCCSL505A 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.
CFTCFT692A Conduct family therapy with families
Building on the skills and knowledge developed in CFTMFT625A and CFTCFT691A, the aifc Family Therapy Model is conducted with clients in the areas of family of origin, communication and conflict resolution.
CHCFCS803B Provide grief and loss counselling
Providing understanding in Grief and Loss Therapy and the skills to build rapport and provide empathy so that clients may be helped to know what they are going through and coming to an acceptance of their circumstances.
CFTADD655A Provide therapy for clients with addiction issues
A comprehensive coverage of Addiction Therapy from understanding the addictive behaviour and causes of it to recovery through the aifc General Model of Counselling which incorporates the steps of addiction recovery.
CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues
This unit describes the knowledge and skills relating to using a range of counselling therapies to assist clients in dealing with a variety of life issues
CHCFCS802B Provide relationship counselling
Learning to assess issues of domestic violence and safety risks with concerted effort being placed on the importance of the counselling relationship and the way the therapeutic relationship is conducted through identify cation of problems, questioning techniques and planning of sessions.
Implement group interventions
Implement a range of interventions in a counselling group environment through a leadership role; develop a therapeutic alliance for change; maintain a consistent change process; create and maintain a safe environment for group work; use evaluation tools to improve group processes.
Undertake outreach work
Outlining the skills and knowledge required to work in an outreach capacity with vulnerable or at risk groups such as those experiencing homelessness, mental health, alcohol or other drugs (AOD) issues.
Evaluate and apply therapy for mental disorders
Undertake therapy or referrals for some common mental disorders along with researching and evaluating the DSM-5 and apply it to therapy.
Provide therapy for issues relating to abuse
Outlining the skills and knowledge needed to provide therapy to children and adults who have been victims of child abuse or any other form of abuse.
Provide therapy for clients presenting with sexual problems
Sexuality and spirituality; normal and abnormal sexuality; sexually transmitted infections; homosexuality; prevention of sexual misconduct by therapists; sexual dysfunctions and sexual therapy; ethical issues.
Work effectively with families and carers in complex situations
Understand the knowledge and skills required to support the care relationship for clients with carers and families in complex situations.
Entry Criteria

Entry Criteria:

Students seeking entry to this qualification must demonstrate the following essential entry requirements:

  • 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian). This qualification provides the essential knowledge and skills required by entrants, including those specifically related to the application of the AIFC General Counselling Model.
  • Proof of clearance to Work with Children

Recommended entry requirements:

  • It is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
    • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
    • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
    • The application of relevant technical and other skills.
    • It is recommended students be assessed for entry against the course Admission requirements outlined in section 1.1 of the Psychotherapist and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Training Standards (2104)

All students who continue their enrolment into aifc’s 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) from 10486NAT will also continue their enrolment in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. A VET Student Loan may be accessed by eligible students for any unit in their CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. For more information, please visit:

As the course is designed to train Christians, it is advantageous for students to have a genuine commitment to Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. Entry is open to participants regardless of gender, race or Christian denomination.

Locations Offered

Locations Offered:

The 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) is delivered at the following locations through the seminar-based program:


The Sydney location also offers Korean Language Support

The 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) is delivered at the following locations through the On Campus program:


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Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Distance Education $8,984 $4,704 $4,280 $0 $8,984
Seminar $8,984 $4,704 $4,280 $0 $8,984
On Campus $8,984 $4,704 $4,280 $1,000 $9,984

Resource fees are invoiced on a term basis. For a detailed breakdown of the fees, please – click here

*VET Student Loans are available to eligible students under their enrolment in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. For more information, please visit: