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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.


One year full-time Two years part-time

Program level

Postgraduate, AQF Level 8

Delivery mode



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

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.

Understanding Supervision

Supervision is a process that begins as training supervision when students are studying the counselling process and continues throughout the counsellor’s career. There is never a time when the counsellor is not required to undertake regular Clinical Supervision. Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology registration bodies in all countries in the world require members to demonstrate that they are having ongoing Supervision. Without Supervision, registration is not possible.

How is Supervision Organised?

Supervision can be carried out in small groups of up to 5 members (Group Supervision) or on a one- to-one basis with a qualified supervisor. Group supervision is highly enjoyable since each person gets to see the interesting cases of their colleagues being presented. In group supervision the group engages in discussion of all cases presented and so a rich array of perspectives can be seen. At IEFT you can choose to join a group or elect to have one-to-one supervision with one of our EFT supervisors. There are fees for the supervision process that are in addition to your course fees.

What is the purpose of ongoing Supervision?

There have been hundreds of research papers and books written on the process of supervision and its aims, objectives and methods and so, there are various views about the aims of supervision.

Suffice to say, it is agreed that supervision enables the counsellor to take a wide angled lens view of their work with a client, take the time to reflect on their work and work with their supervisor to come up with therapeutic processes and strategies to resolve any client gridlocks and difficulties. In addition to working with the counselling process, the supervisor assists with ‘case conceptualization/formulation’ and with understanding the complexity of the relationship that has been formed between the client and counsellor. The supervisor’s role is to monitor all ethical considerations and duty of care towards the client. Supervision is not about formal teaching or skills training, nor is it about solving any personal problems/difficulties of the student counsellor. What is discussed in supervision arises from the counselling work of the trainee counsellor.

How is training supervision different to consultative supervision?

Training supervision focuses on encouraging you to conceptualise your clients’ difficulties from within the Emotion Focused perspective. In addition, you will be encouraged to look for EFT markers within your client’s narrative and experiential process and use specific Emotion Focused interventions. During training supervision, working “out of EFT mode” is discouraged more than it is once you have graduated.

Training supervision requires supervisees to present either audio or video recordings for analysis, requires a reflective, weekly log to be kept and discussed with your supervisor and requires a transcript analysis and an accompanying written reflective piece to be submitted for pass/fail grading at the conclusion of each of the Graduate Certificate and the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Consultative supervision has less of an evaluative nature and is generally less formal.

How often do I need to attend Supervision and how many hours do I need to do?

This will depend on whether you are choosing to attend Group Supervision or Individual Supervision. Total number of supervision hours to achieve the entire Graduate Diploma (Including the Graduate

Certificate) is 30 (Individual) 60 (group) hours. IEFT will help you to break these hours into very manageable chunks.

Group Supervision.

The requirements for Group Supervision are 30 hours for the Graduate Certificate and a further 30 hours for the Graduate Diploma. In total, 60 hours of Group Supervision is required to complete the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy (see details below on Practicum Hours to match the Supervision hours). IEFT will organise group supervision via conferencing software so that you can join the group of 5 or less and your supervisor from your office or home. This approach has an intimate feel and is as effective as face to face group supervision. All client hours and corresponding supervision hours must be logged and attached to your final assignment for the supervision units.

Individual Supervision

The requirement for individual supervision is generally one supervision session per 8 to 10 clinical practice hours. For the Graduate Certificate, IEFT has stipulated 5 hours of individual supervision per semester for 3 semesters, beginning in semester 2 after having completed the subject, “Foundations of Emotionally Focused Work”. We recommend fortnightly supervision or at minimum 3 weekly supervision. This equates to 15 hours of individual supervision over 3 semesters to obtain the Graduate Certificate. You will attend 5 supervision hours for 3 semesters which equates to 1 Supervision session per fortnight on average during semester.

To complete the Graduate Diploma, you will require a further 15 hours of individual supervision spread over 4 semesters. This equates to 3 to 4 supervision sessions per semester for 4 semesters, 1 Supervision session every 3 weeks on average (for part time students). (See details below on Practicum Hours to match the Supervision hours). All client hours and corresponding supervision hours must be logged and attached to your final assignment for the supervision units.

If you choose to do more clinical hours, you will need Supervision at the rate of one session to every 8 to 10 additional client hours.


Number of Practicum Hours Required

15 (individual) and 30 (group) hours of Supervision in the Graduate Certificate require 125 hours of clinical practice with clients. A further 125 clinical hours is required in the Graduate Diploma attached to 15 (individual), and 30 (group) hours of Supervision. Total number of clinical hours required for the Graduate Diploma (including the Graduate Certificate) is 250 hours.

Graduate Certificate Practicum Hours (For part time students)

Where this many hours of practicum and supervision may sound onerous, with a system in place, it is very manageable. IEFT will support you to undertake 3-client hours per week for each of the 14- week semesters, beginning in Second Semester of the Graduate Certificate after the completion of the subject, “Foundations For Emotionally Focused Work” and continuing for 3 semesters (if you are part time).

In simple terms, to obtain your Graduate Certificate you will be required to complete 3 clinical client hours per week for 14 weeks in semesters 2, 3 & 4 of your training. This will equate to 42 hours per semester of client hours by 3 semesters.

You are permitted to exceed this minimum requirement for clinical hours but will require additional supervision if you choose to do so.

Graduate Diploma Practicum Hours (For part time students)

During your Graduate Diploma years, you will be required to complete a further 125 clinical hours, split over 4 (instead of 3), 10-week (the shortened time frame is to give you time to complete your final case study) semesters.

To obtain your Graduate Diploma you will be required to complete 3 clinical hours per week over 10 weeks in semesters, 1, 2, 3, & 4 of your Graduate Diploma.

You are permitted to exceed this minimum requirement for clinical hours but will require additional supervision if you choose to do so.

What are the two Supervision Units, Supervised Practice 1 and  Supervised Practice 2 mentioned in the handbook and how do these Units fit in to my Practicum and Supervision?

Training Supervision requires a structured approach to ensure that you are developing as a counsellor and applying your supervisor’s recommendations. There is a Supervised Practice Unit in the Graduate Certificate Course and a second Supervised Practice Unit in the Graduate Diploma course. These are not teaching units and you do not attend classes. These units stipulate the activities that need to be completed during your Practicum and give you the details of the assignments that you need to complete both during and outside of your Supervision sessions. Your supervisor will be following the structure stipulated in the Unit outline, for example you will be required to present your cases using a video or audio recording and present an analysis during supervision. Your supervisor will ensure that all the supervision tasks as stipulated in the Unit Outline have been completed and they will assess your clinical work and authorize a pass for a combination of your practicum and your ability to combine theory and practice and reflect upon your work.

Enrolment into the Supervised Practice Units

You are required to enrol in Supervised Practice 1 at the completion of the first subject of the Graduate Certificate, ‘Foundations for Emotion Focused Work’. This will generally be at the beginning of your second semester. Your enrolment in this subject will continue for 3 semesters (for part time students). Prior to the beginning of your first semester of study in the Graduate Diploma, you will be required to enrol in Supervised Practice 2. You will remain enrolled for a total of 4 semesters (for part time students).

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.

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