The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling offers professional development for students wishing to add to their existing qualifications in social sciences or health sciences. Graduates attain professional status as a rehabilitation counsellor and are qualified to provide vocational evaluation, vocational counselling, and case management in workers compensation settings.
The course includes studies in vocational development and counselling, applied psychosocial and medical rehabilitation, case management, client assessment and job placement, work injury and worker's compensation, and rehabilitation philosophy.
The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is embedded within the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling. The master's degree builds on concepts learned during the graduate diploma. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma, or use it as a pathway into the master's degree in this discipline. The course is a graduate-entry program (students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree prior to entry).
The Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline. However, a formal background in psychology, rehabilitation, or related area is desirable. As the course leads to eligibility to practise, students will be assisted in achieving prescribed professional competencies through practical and theoretical skill acquisition and clinical fieldwork placements.
Clinical placements are undertaken in workers compensation and rehabilitation settings. Students will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the career path they have chosen, and its place in the contemporary health system. The pace of work in the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling is commensurate with the expectations of postgraduate study, as is the level and complexity of the issues dealt with in the degree.
The course is offered on campus and by distance / online.
Why study rehabilitation counselling with us?
- Make a real difference to people’s lives
- You’ll be highly employable
- Open doors to a wide range of career options
- Gain experience working on real-life problems
- Choose from a diverse range of subjects
- Engage in international learning opportunities
- Choose from flexible learning options at a level suited to you
- Gain professional accreditation
- Join a diverse community
- Learn from leaders in the field
Read more about reasons to study with us and what our students have to say.
Who should study this course?
Health and non-health graduates who are looking to gain the skills required for professional practice as a rehabilitation counsellor.
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for Rehabilitation Counselling courses for coursework award courses in Rehabilitation Counselling. The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.