Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling – CHC81015

Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling (CHC81015)


This course applies to workers who are employed in a family and/or couples relationship counselling role. This qualification has particular relevance to counsellors working in independently or in organisations, providing counselling interventions, (rather than counselling support), for families and/or couples experiencing relationship issues of a complex nature.

Counselling contexts may include pre- or post- separation and divorce or where the client has involvement with the Family Law system. Counsellors at this level are making high level, independent, complex judgements in highly specialised contexts.

Counselling occupations may also involve full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of work of self and others and functions including, program planning, budget, strategy, design and analysis.


The candidates who are awarded this qualification may work with the following occupation titles:
– Child and Family Counsellor
– Family Counsellor
– Contact Service Practice Manager
– Family Relationship counsellor
– Couples Counsellor
– Marriage Counsellor
– Divorce Counsellor
– Separations Counsellor

At the Graduate Diploma (AQF8) level:

– Graduates will have advanced knowledge and mastery skills in relationship counselling areas and their professional occupations.
– Graduates will have advanced cognitive and communication skills to select and apply methods.
– analyse critically, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities
– analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others
– Graduates will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner

3. Duration and Requirements

The Graduate Diploma course can be completed in one year if studied full-time. Part-time study options are available. Each subject takes 110 hrs on average to complete. Students need to spend 25-35hours in studying a week. To complete the Graduate Diploma of counselling, 11 units of competency are required including 5 core units and 6 elective units. (see course structure part below for the specific descriptions)

Work application requirements

For award of this qualification, candidates must complete workplace application under direct supervision. Based on this workplace application, evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to apply skills and knowledge as specified in the core units of competency (CHCDFV811C, CHCFCS801B, CHCFCS802B, CHCFCS804B and CHCFCS806C).


This course is delivered in Sydney (362 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood NSW 2067) or Canberra (ACC building Gate 2 Randwick Road Lyneham 2602) and on line study also will be available for the remote area students.

5. COSTS 2017

Fees for full-time students of Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management are published on ACC Website.


• An undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science or equivalent
• An accredited qualification in counselling at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
• Previous experience in a family counselling environment 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, and a range of technical and other skills.


In general terms, training will be provided through:
a) Intensive seminars that are held every term
b) Private study time for each subject
c) One-on-one mentoring by a qualified trainer
This may be either over the phone or skype, in the Classes,
d) Small group discussion or peer supervision with a qualified trainer
e) Counselling practice in organization or in private practice
f) Professional supervision on counselling practice.
g) Completion of a range of assignments such as Journals, Written Assesments, Essays, Report, Open book test, Oral test, Presentation, Small group discussion, Counselling Practice, Interview or Reading Materials.


Each unit was designed for accredited training in counselling with vocational outcomes. It will train students to achieve learning outcomes and units of competency through proper training and assessment process and tools.
Each assessment method is designed to cover units of competency.
Students who successfully completed all the requirements of each training stage graduate the diploma course which means they obtain the result of “Competent” in all subjects.
Final Academic Transcripts will show results as either

C Competent
NYC Not Yet Competent.

When students are satisfactory in all assessments, they receive the result of “Competent”
When they are not satisfactory in a certain assessment, they get “Not Yet Competent” A student whose result for an assessment item is “Not Yet Competent” will have a second chance to resubmit the assignment. If the result of the second submitted assignment is still not satisfactory, the student need to pay a penalty fifty dollars per assignment and may resubmit their assignment but that will be their last chance. If the student does not pass the subject, the student needs to enrol in the whole subject again. In that case the student must make a full payment for that subject again.
ACC follows principles of assessment and rules of evidence in assessment process in line with the standards of NVR RTO
Principles of assessment are required to ensure quality outcomes. Assessments should be fair, flexible, valid and reliable as follows:
a) Fairness: Fairness requires consideration of the individual candidate’s needs and characteristics, and any reasonable adjustments that need to be applied to take account of them. It requires clear communication between the assessor and the candidate to ensure that the candidate is fully informed about, understands, and is able to participate in, the assessment process, and agrees that the process is appropriate. It also includes an opportunity for the person being assessed to challenge the result of the assessment and to be reassessed if necessary.
b) Flexible: To be flexible, assessment should reflect the candidate’s needs; provide for recognition of competencies no matter how, where or when they have been acquired; draw on a range of methods appropriate to the context, competency and the candidate; and, support continuous competency development.
c) Validity: There are five major types of validity: face, content, criterion (i.e. predictive and concurrent), construct and consequential. In general, validity is concerned with the appropriateness of the inferences, use and consequences that result from the assessment. In simple terms, it is concerned with the extent to which an assessment decision about a candidate (e.g. competent/not yet competent, a grade and/or a mark), based on the evidence of performance by the candidate, is justified. It requires determining conditions that weaken the truthfulness of the decision, exploring alternative explanations for good or poor performance, and feeding them back into the assessment process to reduce errors when making inferences about competence.
Unlike reliability, validity is not simply a property of the assessment tool. As such, an assessment tool designed for a particular purpose and target group may not necessarily lead to valid interpretations of performance and assessment decisions if the tool was used for a different purpose and/or target group
d) Reliability: There are five types of reliability: internal consistency; parallel forms; split-half; inter-rater; and, intra-rater. In general, reliability is an estimate of how accurate or precise the task is as a measurement instrument. Reliability is concerned with how much error is included in the evidence.
Rules of Evidence are closely related to the principles of assessment and provide guidance on the collection of evidence to ensure that it is valid, sufficient, authentic and current as follows:
a) Validity: see Principles of Assessment.
b) Sufficiency: Sufficiency relates to the quality and quantity of evidence assessed. It requires collection of enough appropriate evidence to ensure that all aspects of competency have been satisfied and that competency can be demonstrated repeatedly. Supplementary sources of evidence may be necessary. The specific evidence requirements of each unit of competency provide advice on sufficiency.
c) Authenticity: To accept evidence as authentic, an assessor must be assured that the evidence presented for assessment is the candidate’s own work.
d) Currency: Currency relates to the age of the evidence presented by candidates to demonstrate that they are still competent. Competency requires demonstration of current erformance, so the evidence must be from either the present or the very recent past.


Australia Christian College is highly committed to equity and access policy to help students with disabilities who need help in completing the course. ACC may play a role in overcoming barriers or provide access to external services. If necessary, course delivery and assessing methods may be modified to take into account of their circumstances while maintaining integrity of the unit of competency. (See ‘ Students with Special Needs’ on your student handbook for the further details.)


The following course specific competencies are achieved through completion of Graduate Diploma of relationship Counselling.

Core Units

National Code Competency
CHCDFV008 Manage responses to domestic and family violence in family work
CHCFCS001 Facilitate the family counselling process
CHCFCS002 Provide relationship counselling
CHCFCS003 Provide counselling to children and young people
CHCPRP007 Work within a clinical supervision framework

Elective Units

National Code Competency
CHCFAM001 Operate in a family law environment
CHCGRP005 Plan and provide group counselling
BSBMGT605 Provide Leadership across the organisation
BSBLED806 Plan and implement a coaching strategy
BSBRES801 Initiate and lead applied research
CHCYTH010 Provide services for young people appropriate to their needs and circumstances


To receive Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, students must satisfactorily complete the subjects in the following table. Graduate Diploma course includes 11 subjects (5 units of core units and 5 units of elective units ), approximately 1200 hours of study.

Subject Code Name length Competency Code Volume (hr: hours)
GDCDV008 Domestic violence counselling Term CHCDFV008 90 hrs
GDCFC001 Family therapies Term CHCFCS001 90 hrs
GDCR002 Relationship counselling Term CHCFCS002 90 hrs
GDCCY003 Child counselling Term CHCFCS003 90 hrs
GDCCS007 Counselling practice and supervision 1year CHCPRP007 200 hrs
GDCWF001 Family law Term CHCFAM001 90 hrs
GDCCF002 Child-focus counselling Term CHCFAM002 90 hrs
GDCGC005 Group counselling Term CHCGRP005 90 hrs
GDCCS806 Coaching Term BSBLED806 90 hrs
GDCLR801 Applied research 3Terms BSBRES801 190 hrs
GDCYC010 Adolescence counselling Term CHCYTH010 90 hrs

12. 연계 과정 (to 석사 과정 편입 안내)

The Master of Counselling Practice course of Tabor College of Higher Education is ready for students completing the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling of ACC.
석사 과정 편입 안내

과정: Master of Counselling Practice 상담학 석사

연계 학교: Tabor College of Higher Education 타보 칼리지

대상: Students completing the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling of ACC 본교에서 상담학 준석사 과정을 수료하신 분

내용: 본교에서 상담학 준석사 과정(Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, 1년 과정)을 수료하신 분은 타보 칼리지에서 학점을 인정받아 석사과정으로 편입이 가능합니다.

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13. COURSE DATES - General & Overseas Courses

2017 Intensive Seminar
Term1 27/2/2017~3/3/2017
Term2 8/5/2017~12/5/2017
Term3 24/7/2017~28/7/2017
Term4 9/10/2017~13/10/2017

2017 Semester 1
Orientation 27/2/2017
Term 1 27/2 /2017 – 7/5/2017
Break 29/4/2017 – 7/5/2017
Term 2 8/5/2017 – 14/7/2017
Break 15/7/2017 – 23/7/2017

2017 Semester 2
Orientation 24/7/2017
Term 3 24/7/2017 – 22/9/2017
Break 23/9/2017 – 1/10/2017
Term 4 2/10/2017 – 8/12/2017
Break 9/12/2017 – 24/2/2018

2018 Intensive Seminar
Term1 26/2/2018-2/3/2018
Term2 7/5/2018 – 11/5/2018
Term3 23/7/2018 – 27/7/2018
Term4 1/10/2018 – 5/10/2018

2018 Semester 1
Term 1 26/2/2018 – 27/4/2018
Break 28/4/2018 – 6/5/2018
Term 2 7 May – 13/7/2018
Break 14/7/2018 – 22/7/2018

2018 Semester 2
Term 3 23/7/2018 – 21/9/2018
Break 22/9/2018 – 30/9/2018
Term 4 1/10/2018 – 7/12/2018
Break 8/12/2018 – 24/2/2019