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Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy AQF Level 8

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

Degree information

The Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of practitioners working in counselling, psychology, psychotherapy, social work and related disciplines in Emotionally Focused Therapy. 

The aim of Emotionally Focused Therapy is to understand affect, feelings and emotions, and their relationship with thoughts and behaviours, for the development of emotional wellbeing.

The heart of the Emotionally Focused Therapy approach involves working comprehensively with emotion on verbal and creative levels, and with parts of the self. Emotionally Focused Therapy is an evidence-based model firmly established in Australia and internationally. 

The focus of the Graduate Diploma course is on working with the emotional experience of individuals and couples, understanding and assessing clients’ emotional signatures, and transforming emotion schemes. Emotionally Focused Therapy methods are outlined and demonstrated by academic teaching staff.

Guidelines for therapeutic interventions using verbal and creative methods with individuals and couples are provided in each subject. 

 
Duration

1.5 years full-time Three years part-time

Program level

Postgraduate, AQF Level 8

Delivery mode

Blended

Units

52 credit points

Course Structure

Students are required to complete: 

  • Four core subjects of seven credit points each (each subject has four sub-units) 
  • Three core subjects of two credit points each 
  • Three elective subjects at Level 100 and one elective subject at Level 200 (two credit points each) 
  • Two Supervised Practice subjects of five credit points each

 

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma course will be able to work in the following fields of practice: relationship counselling; grief and loss counselling; trauma counselling; mental health counselling; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer counselling; educational settings; employment assistance programs; and supervision. Graduates are also eligible to study in Masters courses in related fields. An articulation pathway for graduates into the ACAP Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy has been established in 2018.

Some private health funds offer provider numbers for qualified counsellors who meet their criteria, BUPA and Medicare Private being the largest of these. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (National Disability Insurance Agency) is an emerging opportunity for counsellors to register as providers.

The National Redress Scheme for adult survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, which will run for 10 years until 1 July 2028, specifically includes counsellors who are Clinical members or registrants of PACFA and ACA (APS, 2018).

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) offer counselling services, which may be provided by qualified counsellors (see Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australia).

Entry requirements

Standard applications

Applications are sought from students with a relevant tertiary degree (arts, science, social sciences, etc.) who are eligible for membership of a relevant professional association, and are currently working in face-to-face supervised counselling.

Non-standard applications

  1. Applicants who do not possess relevant tertiary qualifications but have registration of equal standing from a recognised professional body (e.g. PACFA, ACA).
  2. Applicants who are employed in a professional role by a relationship and/or family organisation designated by the Federal Attorney General’s Department.
  3. Applicants who are currently working in face to-face supervised counselling.

Note: applicants’ professional training must be comparable to an undergraduate degree, with knowledge of psychology, culture, counselling and therapies, and basic competencies in counselling skills.

Admission criteria

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 site

Sydney campus

Student cohortEducational and other qualifications, skills, prerequisite occupation(s)Special or alternative admission arrangements
General entry

A 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 admissions

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

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.

 

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.

PRACTICUM

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).

2019 IEFT Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2019

Additional costs:

Please note that students will require a textbook for each enrolled subject.

Students will also need access to audiovisual recording equipment for Supervised Practice 1.

Standard Applications

A 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, and

Employment in a role that requires provision of formal counselling (paid or voluntary), and

Be engaged in formal supervision of counselling practice

Non-standard Applications

A non-relevant qualification from a recognised academic institution, 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 formal supervision of counselling practice, and

Attend an interview and provide references that attest to applicants’ counselling experience and competence from supervisor or line manager.

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

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.

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.

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Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy at IEFT are eligible for articulation into the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology with credit given for eight subjects of 6 credit points. Graduates are also eligible to apply for credit in other Masters courses in a cognate discipline.

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