Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy | aifc

Graduate Diploma of Counselling
and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)

10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)

aifc’s 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) provides an environment where students will develop in exercising influence and leadership in counselling and therapy, becoming experts in their field. It will teach students advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills and enhance their ability to evaluate and apply well known empirically tested therapies.

The Graduate Diploma is structured to have three specific goals for students including:

1. Fulfil industry standards in providing the third year of a PACFA accredited three year Institution Approved Articulation in Counselling and Psychotherapy which is recognised nationally as best practice in preparing professional counsellors.

2. Enhance knowledge and skills of those already qualified in mental health or theology as a stand-alone professional development program.

3. Enhance the leadership ability of students in the counselling profession and broader community.

For more information please see our Graduate Diploma Course Supplement.

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

At the beginning of each year: 

The Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) has a blended mode of delivery with a mix of online learning, workshops and seminars.

Workshop: Most units in the Graduate Diploma commence with a one-day workshop delivery of the course content including role-play and modelling; as well as support and practical assessment and feedback.

Online: Each of the workshops will also be accessible online which you may live-stream over the internet in real-time or access later via video.

Intensive: The course also involves multi-day workshops called Intensives. Units offered through intensives will not be offered online which means that you will need to travel to and participate in these intensives.

Seminars: Seminars are delivered as part of aifc’s Diploma and Advanced Diploma program. Students who wish to undertake any of these units as electives have the option of joining these seminar sessions.

Action/Reflection: As part of your Graduate Diploma you will also be required to participate in Action/Reflection sessions at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, women’s refuge, or at a therapy group.


– Students enrolling into the mid-year 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) 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. 
– The mid-year 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) will span over 15 months. This program is only available as a full-time study option.  
Course Units
MTMBUS702A Provide strategic leadership
Analyse and improve personal leadership style and professional competence; lead organisational strategic development and deployment; implement transformational practices; cultivate collaborative practices; and provide strategic leadership in a changing context.
IPSCTM801A Evaluate and apply a variety of counselling or psychotherapy modalities in counselling practice
A variety of therapy modalities are explored, evaluated, and applied in counselling practice. This is an opportunity to compare and contrast prominent models of therapy from a spiritual and philosophical perspective.
IPSNMC802A Evaluate, synthesise and apply a new model of counselling or psychotherapy
The theoretical framework and practical application of a particular counselling, psychotherapy and/or therapy model is evaluated and applied. aifc Advanced Diploma graduates will be required
to find a model other than the aifc General Counselling Model (AGCM) and the aifc Family Therapy Model (AFTM). Students who enter without previous aifc experience will be required to select the AGCM and AFTM as their “new” model. In order to do this they will be given access to relevant readers and video lectures.
BSBRES401 Analyse and present research information
Describe and apply the basic principles of collecting information and the objectives of research; evaluate various research strategies for suitability to the counselling context; organise
and deliver research findings; and identify the ethical issues associated with research in the counselling context.
IPSSCP803A Manage own self-care in professional practice
Identify contemporary ethical issues that may present in the counselling, psychotherapy and/or family therapy context, including those relating to integration of faith and practice; analyse possible strategies to address ethical dilemmas; specify legal requirements relating to these issues.
BSBRES801 Initiate and lead applied research
Construct an applied research strategy; use a range of applied research techniques; analyse and present findings.
IPSETH804A Work with complex contemporary and ethical issues in integrated psychotherapy
Identify contemporary ethical issues that may present in the counselling, psychotherapy and/or family therapy context, including those relating to integration of faith and practice; analyse possible strategies to address ethical dilemmas; specify legal requirements relating to these issues.
IPSSUP805A Provide professional supervision to supervisees
Define professional supervision; discuss ethics and risks of providing supervision; requirements of professional bodies; address common supervision issues. This unit has three prerequisites: IPSSCP803A, IPSETH804A, and MTMBUS702.
IPSTRA806A Provide counselling support in response to trauma reactions and critical incidents
Identify normal vs extreme trauma reactions in an individual and how to respond appropriately; use a structured approach to a critical incident; conduct pre-incident training.
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.
CHCFCS802B Provide relationship counselling sexual problems
Differences in the sexes; personality and marriage tests; intimacy; sexuality in marriage; basic needs of husband and wife; other marriage therapy issues; marital unfaithfulness; divorce and remarriage; marriage therapy procedure; premarital counselling; phases of marriage.
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.
CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
Work in client’s home or in any temporary or permanent community residence with vulnerable or at risk groups such as those experiencing homelessness, mental health, alcohol or other drugs (AOD) issues; conduct visit in a safe manner for the worker and in line with organisational policies; respect boundaries of client; use client-centred approach..
CFTMDS650A Evaluate and provide therapy for mental disorders
Classification of mental disorders; use of the DSM-5 and ICD-10; schizophrenia, somatic symptom disorders, DID, insomnia disorder, personality disorders.
CFTABS665A Provide therapy for issues relating to abuse
Family violence and abuse; childhood abuse; spouse/partner abuse; abuse of the elderly.
CHCCSM003 Work with carers and/or families in complex situations
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and address the needs of carers and/or families in complex situations.
IPSPTS807A Determine client need and provide complex case management services
Assessment and therapy for common emotional disorders; check for and respond to risk of harm; determine case management approach and confirm client suitability for proposed services; develop an appropriate case management plan; manage case
work activities and processes.
IPSPSY808A Evaluate and apply common psychotherapeutic approaches integrating psychology and spirituality
Evaluate psychodynamic, cognitive behaviour therapy, and experiential therapy models from a spiritual perspective; discuss the value of an integrative approach to psychotherapy; evaluate the use of medication in psychotherapy; and apply enhancements from a model of psychotherapy.
IPSCSP809A Apply Christian counselling to common spiritual issues
Identify redemptive truth and discipleship principles appropriate for integrative psychotherapy, including forgiveness; facilitate therapy for rejection, identity and self-acceptance; apply redemptive truth and discipleship principles in a cross-cultural context.
Synthesise a relevant biblical theology perspective into the counselling process.
Evaluate key doctrines of the Old and New Testaments and how these apply in counselling, psychotherapy and/or family therapy; explore the character of God and the Holy Spirit, nature of humanity and the nature of God and the implications of this in psychotherapy; explain why the Bible’s final authority in matters of faith is relevant in counselling, psychotherapy and/or family therapy; explore the implications of spirituality and psychology in psychotherapy; apply biblical principles of healing in psychotherapy within one’s culture and across cultures.
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria:

Students who have completed aifc’s 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)  or hold another undergraduate (or higher) qualification in a theology (e.g. Theology, Ministry, Christian Studies, Divinity) or mental health (e.g. Psychology, Counselling, Social Work) field demonstrating prior competence in counselling skills, grief and ethics are eligible for Graduate Diploma. A

The course is not for new-comers but for those with existing experience within the people-helping profession who are looking to develop professionally.

A VET Student Loan may be accessed by eligible students for any unit in their 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) that does not exceed the $10,000 course cap. 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 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) seminars are delivered at the following locations:





The Sydney location also offers Korean Language Support

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Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Seminar $12,200 $9,950 $2,250 $0 $12,200
On Campus Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available

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 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual). For more information, please visit: