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Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling AQF Level 8

Educating counsellors, social workers and therapists in Emotionally Focused Therapy throughout Australia.

Degree information

The Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling is a specialised postgraduate course which engages qualified practitioners from counselling, social work, psychotherapy, psychology, health and human services disciplines in learning the Emotionally Focused approach to counselling with individuals and couples with a broad range of presentations. 

 

Emotion-Focused counselling aims to process emotional experience by developing awareness, experiencing, regulating and expressing feelings for the development of emotional health and wellbeing and to enhance relationships. The heart of the Emotionally Focused counselling approach involves working competently with emotion on verbal and creative levels. The aim of Emotionally Focused counselling is to understand affect, feelings and emotions, and their relationship with thoughts and behaviours, for the development of emotional wellbeing. The Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling is designed to develop practitioners’ knowledge and skills in the Emotionally Focused approach and in the discipline of counselling more broadly.

The course focuses on assessing, exploring and intervening with emotional experience with individuals and couples. Students acquire a wide range of interventions for working with emotion at verbal and creative levels. Methods of working with emotional experience are presented and demonstrated in workshops. Methods of discovering, managing and working with emotional experience are outlined and demonstrated by academic teaching staff. Guidelines for counselling interventions using verbal and creative methods are provided in each subject.

Duration

One year full-time Two years part-time

Program level

Postgraduate, AQF Level 8

Delivery mode

Flexible

Units

27 credit points

Course Structure

Students are required to complete:

  • Two core subjects of seven credit points each (each seven credit point subject has four sub-units)
  •  Three core subjects of two credit points each
  • A Level 100 elective subject of two credit points
  • Supervised Practice 1 subject of five credit points
 

Practical and supervision requirements

Students must complete 125 counselling sessions of individual counselling in their work environment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 10-15 hours of supervision during the course. Supervision can be undertaken in individual or group format with a member of IEFT’s academic teaching staff or recognised supervisor

Satisfactory subject completion requirements

Students will be provided with guidelines in each subject setting out the requirements of attendance and completion of written and practical work.

Admissions to the Graduate Certificate course are governed by IEFT’s Student Selection and Admission Policy and Procedure http://ieft.com.au/students/forms-and-policies/).

 

Course of studyGraduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling AQF Level 8
Delivery siteSydney campus

Rhodes Waterside Suite 801 Level 8 1 Rider Boulevarde Rhodes NSW 2138

Student cohortEducational and other qualifications, skills, prerequisite occupation(s)Special or alternative admission arrangements
General entryA qualification from a recognised academic institution in the arts, social sciences, psychology, social work, welfare, counselling, nursing or occupational therapy at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor’s degree) or higher which has included counselling skills training

AND

Membership or eligibility for membership of a professional association relevant to the qualification: Australian Psychological Society, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, Australian Association of Social Workers, Australian Counselling Association, Australian Association of Family Therapy, Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association AND

Be working in a role that requires provision of formal counselling (paid or voluntary)

AND

Be engaged in regular formal supervision of counselling practice

Applicants with:

A non-relevant qualification from a recognised academic institution

OR

A partially completed relevant qualification from a recognised academic institution

OR

A relevant VET Diploma (AQF Level 5), Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6)

OR

Professional training in counselling or psychotherapy accredited by PACFA

OR

Employment in a clinical role by a relationship and/or family organisation designated by the Federal Attorney General’s Department

AND

Two year’s work experience in a role that requires provision of formal counselling (paid or voluntary)

AND

Be engaged in regular formal supervision of counselling practice

AND

Attendance at interview and provision of references that attest to applicants’ counselling experience and competence from supervisor and line manager

Applicants may be requested to provide a digital recording of a counselling session (having obtained client consent)

School LeaversNot applicableNot applicable
International studentsNot applicableNot applicable
Special and/or alternative entry: non-school leavers (mature-age applicants and/or those who do not hold their HSC or equivalent)Not applicableNot applicable

 

Student cohortEducational and other qualifications, skills, prerequisite occupation(s)Special or alternative admission arrangements
Special and/or alternative entry: articulation pathway admissionsSpecial or alternative entry

Applicants with a relevant qualification who have not completed counselling skills training will be required to attend designated counselling skills workshops provided by IEFT

Applicants with a relevant qualification who have not completed subjects on the theoretical base for counselling may be required to complete other theoretical studies prior to admission.

Articulations

IEFT has an approved internal articulation pathway for applicants who have attended and successfully completed one or more IEFT Professional Development workshops and assessment requirements. Applicants who did not complete assessment requirements will be required to complete a challenge assessment.

Special or alternative entry

Applicants with a relevant qualification who have not completed counselling skills training will be required to attend designated counselling skills workshops provided by IEFT in addition to meeting General Entry requirements.

Applicants with a relevant qualification who have not completed subjects covering the theoretical base for counselling may be required to complete other theoretical studies prior to admission.

Articulations

IEFT has an approved internal articulation pathway for applicants who have attended and successfully completed one or more IEFT Professional Development workshops and assessment requirements and meet requirements for one of the admission pathways outlined in this document. Applicants who have not completed assessment requirements will be required to complete one challenge assessment per workshop.

 

Students who graduate from the Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Therapy can apply for advanced standing in Masters’ courses at other tertiary institutions. An articulation pathway for graduates into the ACAP Graduate Diploma of Counselling has been established in 2018. The Graduate Certificate is nested in the first year of the Graduate Diploma course.

The team is very warm, safe and caring. It is an environment that opens up the learning experience, making it enjoyable, relaxed and an educational experience you can apply from the very next day.

Postgraduate Student

My journey at IEFT has been like a rainbow — a path of personal and professional magic. Being guided, mentored by kind and genuine people has been an enriching experience.

Postgraduate Student