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)

The Advanced Diploma deepens the work already completed in the Diploma and leads to over 20 hours of one-on-one counselling, where essential skills in listening, empathy and building trusting relationships are taught and assessed. We develop a specific model of counselling, including systems theory, working with families and several electives that are essential for a well-rounded and comprehensive counselling qualification.

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.

You will begin your outward focused journey in counselling via one-on-one sessions with clients and you can explore a number of elective units to suit your personal circumstances and calling. Depending on your Association membership at the successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, you can begin attracting clients and be paid according to PACFA and ACA guidelines.

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. We recommend that students complete the Advanced Diploma, as very important topics relevant to counselling and a range of client needs are covered. Students are given comprehensive knowledge and skills throughout the course and opportunities to work with clients under professional qualified supervisors.

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

Starting at the beginning of the year: 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) is available as a full-time or part-time study option through our Online Supported Mode (OSM) or Seminar Blended Mode.

Seminar Blended Mode:

This study mode requires the student to attend 13 face to face days at seminar per year at one of our study centres located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

Online Supported Mode:

The student will be assigned a specialised Online Supported Mode assessor, who will guide and support them during their training journey. The student will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our OSM training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits them. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person. OSM students are encouraged to attend their closest seminar location for an assessment day each term if possible.

All students 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

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.
CHCGROUP807B 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.
CHCCH522B 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.
CFTMDS650A 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.
CFTABS665A 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.
CFTSEX675A 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.
CHCCM705C 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.

Seminar Locations Offered

Seminar Blended Mode is offered in 2019 at the following locations:




Stanmore House


53 Harrow Road


Stanmore NSW 2048




Stirling Theological College


44-60 Jacksons Road


Mulgrave VIC 3170






178 Springwood Road


Springwood QLD 4127




Perth Bible College


1 College Court


Karringyup WA 6018


View & download more detailed information of Seminar Locations & Dates for 2019. * NOTE: Students may be asked to transfer to Online Supported Mode if student enrolment numbers are insufficient for Seminar Blended Mode.


2019 Course Fees
The course fees for 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) are $8,984.00. Click here to see detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding. Please see 2019 Student Handbook for more detailed information on all incurred costs.
2019 Course Fees


Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Online Supported Mode TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
Seminar Blended Mode TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

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: