Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy (Grad. Dip. EFT) AQF Level 8

Course aim

The aim of the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy is to provide practitioners with therapeutic skills for counselling and psychotherapy using the Emotionally Focused approach. The course provides practitioners with techniques to work with emotional experience, understand emotional signatures, and transform emotion schemes.

The course draws on theories of emotion, attachment, self and relationship to develop a comprehensive model for understanding and working with emotional experience. A central theme imbedded in the course is the use of emotional signatures to assess and work with current concerns and past childhood traumas.

Graduate outcomes

On completion of the Graduate Diploma, practitioners will be able to provide therapeutic treatment for individuals and couples, and to work with clients’ current problems and past adult experiences, as well as facilitating the healing of childhood trauma. Graduates will be able to work in private practice, organisations in health, community and justice sectors, counselling services, family support programs, aged care, migrant and refugee services and pastoral care.

Course length: the course is designed to be studied part-time over three to five years to allow students to study flexibly and balance their work and personal lives. The course in total comprises 42 credit points.

Practical and supervision requirements

Students must complete 250 therapy sessions of individual and/or couples work in their work environment.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 20 – 30 hours of supervision during the course. Supervision can be undertaken in individual/group format with a trainer or recognised supervisor. Students must complete 10 hours of supervision with IEFT academic teaching staff. Students can use work supervision with a supervisor approved by the Institute for their remaining hours.


Students are required to complete:

  • Two core course subjects of seven credit points in total in the first year (each subject has four components, including a Clinical Day)
  • Two core course subjects of seven credit points each in the second year
  • Three core workshop subjects of two credit points each
  • Elective workshop subjects of eight credit points in total
  • Two supervised practice subjects


The Graduate Diploma is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) under the TEQSA Act (2011) as a higher education award recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).


Students who graduate from the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy can apply for advanced standing in Masters’ courses at other tertiary institutions.

Standard applications

Applications are sought from students with a relevant degree from a tertiary institution (arts, science, social sciences, etc.) who are eligible for associate or member status of a relevant professional association, and who are currently working in face-to-face supervised counselling and/or therapy practice.

Non-standard applications

  1. Applicants who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Therapy.
  2. Applicants who do not possess relevant tertiary qualifications but have registration of equal standing from a recognised professional body (e.g. PACFA, ACA).
  3. Applicants who are employed in a professional role by a relationship and/or family organisation designated by the Federal Attorney General’s Department.

For (2) and (3), training must be comparable to an undergraduate tertiary qualification, with knowledge of psychology, culture, counselling and therapies, with two years’ counselling experience or 250 hours of supervised practice.

Satisfactory subject completion requirements

Students are provided with guidelines in each subject setting out the requirements of attendance and completion of written and practical assessments.

Final assessments

Students are required to submit two pieces of work: a themed article and a video/audio recording of therapeutic work accompanied by written text, within 12 months of completing all subjects for the Graduate Diploma. There is a $150 assessment fee for each item.


Enrolment Fee: $170 for initial enrolment

Re-enrolment Fee: $130 per year

Subject fees:

$395 per 2-day workshop

$180 per Clinical Day

$27.50 per manual + GST

Students pay fees for enrolled subjects after they are accepted into the course.

The approximate cost of the Graduate Diploma over three years, including enrolment fees and subjects, but not including supervision, is approximately $9,117.50

Supervised Practice 1 and Supervised Practice 2 group supervision: $1,150 each

Note: fees increase each year in line with the cost of living index (CPI)