Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy | aifc

10900NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian)

The Graduate Diploma provides an environment where students will develop their professional counselling and therapy skills. 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 knowledge and skills of those already holding counselling qualifications or develop new knowledge and skills for those with other undergraduate degrees.
  2. Fulfill recognition and industry standards in providing Level 1 recognition with the Australian Counselling Association.
  3. Enhance the leadership ability and scope of influence of students in the counselling profession and the broader community.

Applicants who hold an undergraduate (or higher) qualification are eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma.

Areas of focus such as foundational counselling skills, self-care, trauma informed practice, and specialty electives ensure you receive advanced counselling skills and are equipped to build and maintain a healthy vocational life.


The Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian) is available either as an Accelerated 12-month full-time (upon approval), or 18-month full-time or 36-month part-time study option.

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.

Our courses are delivered through live interactive online training for each unit of competency; these training sessions are recorded for your convenience if you cannot attend live. In addition to specific training for each unit, each term aifc delivered a live skills-based seminar online or face to face. Students are required to attend a certain percentage of seminar days based on your course progression, which will allow you to develop skills and work alongside other students in the aifc community.

The Friday is a student focussed day, offering opportunities such as further practical skills practice, group supervision and role play observations of relevant content.

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 Self Care retreat as part of the course. The retreat is held during a student’s Term One of the course either online or in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane depending on intake.

Course Units
NAT10900001 Manage own self care in professional practice

Analyse one’s own professional wellbeing and care for self as part of an ongoing review for sustaining health and professional counselling practice.

Evaluate the role socio-cultural issues and one’s past history have with regards to practitioner self-efficacy; with the view to implementing good self-care practices. Set personal goals to achieve a self-care regime.


NAT10900002 Establish and apply counselling skills

Apply specific and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship.

Assess the client’s wellbeing, safety concerns and goals, and use counselling skills with a structured approach to counselling to work with clients on personal and psychological issues.


CHCPRP007 Work within a Clinical Supervision Framework

Initiate, prepare for and participate in a structured process of clinical supervision.



Work with complex contemporary and ethical issues in counselling

Explore and counsel clients dealing with complex contemporary legal, social and ethical issues in integrated counselling.

Consider potential dilemmas in counselling practice and how these can be adequately addressed by practitioners. Reflect on one’s values and beliefs and be encouraged to think critically and ethically.


NAT10900006 Assess and provide counselling for common mental disorders

Provide effective counselling to those who experience common mental health issues.

Recognise circumstances and events that may lead to common mental health issues and provide effective therapeutic responses to these.


NAT10900003 Provide trauma informed approaches to therapy

Provide effective therapy to those who have experienced reactions to trauma.

Recognise circumstances and events that may lead to trauma reactions and provide effective therapy responses to these.


NAT10900005 Apply Christian Counselling to common spiritual issues

Interpret Biblical passages and apply theological insights in counselling. Specifically, a Christian counselling approach is applied to common spiritual issues of rejection, forgiveness, identity and self-acceptance.


NAT10900007 Evaluate and apply a new theoretical approach of counselling

Application of a new theoretical approach of counselling applied to suit a client’s presentation. Identify gaps in the counselling theoretical approaches one uses in practice and then research, critique, and apply a theoretical approach that could be suitable for a client’s presentation and evaluate outcomes.




Plan and provide group counselling

Plan for group counselling, develop a therapeutic alliance for change with the group, manage the group process and evaluate the outcomes of group counselling sessions. This unit goes beyond psycho-educational group work.


NAT10900010 Provide therapy for clients with behavioural addictions

Provide effective therapy for clients with addictive behaviours. Assess the nature and extent of various common addictions and provide effective therapy in response.


CHCFCS004 Provide Grief and Loss Counselling

Explore the meaning and effect of grief and loss issues and work with individuals and families experiencing grief and loss.


NAT10900016 Evaluate and apply common counselling approaches integrating psychology and spirituality

Explore and apply common approaches to integrated psychology and spirituality.  This includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, experiential psychotherapy and the use of psychopharmacological medication.


(NB This elective pool will be expanded on in coming terms)


Entry Criteria

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

Applicants who hold an undergraduate (or higher) qualification are eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma.

Applicants would have either existing experience within the people-helping profession and are looking to develop professionally or who hold an interest and wish to develop professional skills in a new area.

A VET Student Loan may be accessed by eligible students for any unit in their 10900NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian).

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

  • 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 10900NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian) 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

2022 Course Fees

2022 Course Fees

The course fees for the 10900NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Christian) are $14,400.00. Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding


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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