Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy | aifc

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

The Graduate Diploma provides an environment where students will develop in exercising influence and leadership in counselling and therapy, becoming experts in their field. aifc’s aim is to train Christian counsellors who ethically and effectively integrate their faith and practice.

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

1. Enhance the leadership ability of students in the counselling profession
and the broader community.
2. Enhance knowledge and skills of those already qualified in mental health
or theology as a stand-alone professional development program.
3. Fulfill 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

Students who have completed the aifc Advanced Diploma 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 competence in counselling skills, grief and
ethics, are eligible for the Graduate Diploma.

You will learn advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills and
enhance your ability to evaluate and apply well known empirically tested
therapies. The units provide an opportunity to develop in previously learned
areas and investigate new avenues of learning. Workshop interactions are a
source of rich peer learning in addition to receiving teaching from experts in
relevant fields.

Areas of focus such as self-care, supervision, and specialty electives ensure
you receive advanced therapy skills and are equipped to build and maintain a
healthy vocational life.


The Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) is available either as a 12-month or 18-month full-time study option.  

Australian domestic students have the option of completing the marjority of their training with aifc, online, or they may choose to complement and supplement their online training activities with the highly recommended seminar days, occurring for one Friday and Saturday, of each term, providing a blended learning experience. 

Our online systems and processes enable students to study online from anywhere in the world, with a reliable high-speed internet connection.  Through the use of video conferencing and learner management platforms, students receive online training lectures, support from staff, and connection with other students to complete practical assessment requirements in an effective, practical manner. 

The two-day seminar blocks are offered in four major capital cities across Australia, over a Friday and Saturday once a term.  Although not compulsory in order to complete an accredited course, students are strongly encouraged to attend these days where they can participate in value-add experiences to complement and supplement their other training activities. 

The Friday is a student focussed day, offering opportunities such as further practical skills practice, role play observations of relevant unit content, and the opportunity to complete any current practical assessment tasks. 

The Saturday is ‘aifc community day’ open to current students, aifc alumni and the wider community.  Subject matter expert, guest speakers and staff members, will share sessions and workshops relevant to our accredited courses training material and also as professional development for practising counsellors. Again, this presents another value-add and recommended opportunity for our students to engage further in their course content. 

Australian domestic Graduate Diploma students are also required to attend a one day and one-night Self Care retreat as part of the course. The retreat is held in the middle of Term One of the course in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Course Units
AMPMGT802 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
Apply strategies for self-care regarding personal, professional and spiritual development; reflect on oneself in counselling and/or therapy practice; the role of professional supervision in self-care.
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.
CHCGRP005 Plan and provide group counselling
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.
IPSIST810A 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

Be of a mature age (over 18 years) with appropriate employment or life experiences; 

Meet the requirements for working with children in the relevant Australian State/Territory.

 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) and are able to demonstrate prior competence in counselling skills, grief and ethical understanding are eligible for Graduate Diploma.

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:

In order to comply with PACFA 2014 training standards students will be ineligible to enter this course if they lack fundamental human capacities such


  • self-awareness
  • capacity to relate to individuals or groups
  • ability to understand and practice in an ethical way or an unwillingness to
  • adhere to a code of ethics
  • ability to learn from experience based on positive and challenging feedback.
Locations Offered

The 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) is delivered online with Seminar Days 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
Karrinyup WA 6018

View & download more detailed information of  Seminar Locations & Dates for 2020.

Course Fees

2021 Course Fees

The course fees for the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) are $12,900.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding.

2020 (Beginning of the year and midyear)

In 2020, the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) is offered in 12-month and 18-month programs.

The course fees for the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) are $12,700.00.

Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding.

Mid-year 2019

See the Mid-year Fee Schedule for 2019

See the Mid-year Student Handbook


What should I look for when choosing a provider?

When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself



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 experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one-on-one access to trainers makes the difference.



aifc offers both live online and face-to-face training. You choose which delivery mode is best suited to your lifestyle and work commitments.


Our courses include a range of VET accredited qualifications and non-accredited short courses. aifc is also the only Christian counselling provider to be accredited by ACA, CCAA and is a member of ITECA.



Finding a course that fits your budget is important. With funding options and Austudy & Abstudy available to eligible students, our courses continue to be affordable and within reach of those seeking to become a qualified counsellor.


Membership to aifc Counsel

An innovative online counselling platform, that offers state-of-the-art counselling features with the opportunity to collaborate with your counselling peers and build a thriving counselling practice.


At aifc, our sole focus is to train and equip Christian Counsellors. More than just a counsellor, a Christian counsellor trusts in God and listens to His still small voice above all else.

It’s a big difference.

Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc

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