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Vocational Graduate Diploma Of Counselling Addictions

AIPC’s Vocational Graduate Diploma of Counselling provides a higher level, vocational and flexible alternative to traditional Post Graduate courses offered by Universities. These courses help counsellors with relevant qualifications or experience acquire extended, advanced and specialist learning in counselling fields, without comprising on the quality or level of education.

A Vocational Graduate Diploma will give you higher level knowledge and skills, leading to better outcomes with clients, and greater recognition and referral from allied health professionals. As a specialist counsellor with a Vocational Graduate Diploma, there are many opportunities for you as an employee or in private practice.


The Addictions Specialty Stream begins by analysing theories of substance use, misuse and addictions beyond the basic psychological principles of addiction to an understanding of the interplay between social, biological, psychological, contextual and environmental factors in the aetiology and maintenance of addictions.

The Stream continues onto learning a wide ranging knowledge of drug classification including pharmacological categories to obtain an advanced knowledge of the effects and observable symptoms for depressants, narcotics, stimulants and hallucinogens. You then learn how to utilise this knowledge to help prepare clients for detoxification and withdrawal.

The third unit prepares you to use appropriate assessment, treatment planning and referral strategies in counselling practice. You’ll lead the development of a comprehensive multidimensional assessment, design and execute an appropriate and valid treatment plan, and monitor and coordinate referrals. Working with coerced or mandated clients is also covered.

The Addictions Specialty Stream continues with a unit covering conducting advanced behaviour change interventions and motivational interviewing to explore ambivalence and assess client readiness to change. Stages of change are applied to case studies and strategies to encourage and enhance motivation are applied across all stages of the change model.

The final unit in the Stream concentrates on applying harm reduction, crisis intervention and risk management strategies as a framework for responding to crisis and risk when working with clients with addictions. You learn to assess the level and immediacy of risk, implement and manage risk minimisation procedures, initiate continuing support for clients, and coordinate and facilitate staff debriefing.

We understand that in today’s fast paced world it can be difficult to find the time to gain a qualification, particularly at the graduate level. For this reason we have a strong focus on making our graduate programs as accessible and flexible to your needs as possible.

The most effective way to gain specialist professional knowledge is through the Institute’s Vocational Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Vocational Graduate Diplomas are vocationally focused. They skill students with highly practical, applicable vocational and occupational expertise for the workplace, underpinned by an extensive theoretical base.

Vocational Graduate Diplomas provide a higher level, vocational alternative to traditional Post Graduate courses offered by Universities. Vocational Graduate Diplomas provide extended, advanced and specialist learning for those who may not meet entry requirements to Post Graduate courses or do not want the additional time or cost constraints of traditional University, theory-based Post Graduate education. Vocational Graduate Diplomas, though, do not compromise on the quality or level of education.

The Institute’s Vocational Graduate Diploma is:

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  • Practical. Vocational Graduate Diplomas are a careful blend of theory and practical application, designed to provide you the best platform on which to develop your specialist knowledge and expertise to an advanced level. The Institute’s Vocational Graduate Diploma of Counselling skills students with an advanced level of practical counselling skill in specialist and complex counselling scenarios, built on a thorough foundation of theory.
  • Accessible. Vocational Graduate Diplomas are designed to allow entry from a variety of vocational and graduate pathways. They are an ideal extension of learning for those with a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Bachelor qualification.
  • Flexible. All Institute programs are designed to fit around your other life commitments. Our courses can be completed externally by working through your course material at home. This is particularly useful if you have other obligations in your life that occupy your time. The practical components can be completed at your convenience in a local seminar, or by alternate means. Our courses are self paced, allowing you to progress at a speed that suits you; either moderately according to your lifestyle commitments, or faster if you wish to gain your graduate qualification more rapidly.
  • Cost effective. A Vocational Graduate Diploma is the most cost effective way to gain a graduate qualification.
  • Specialist. Vocational Graduate Diplomas are designed to enhance your theoretical understanding and experiential skills to an advanced level in specific areas. For this reason they’re the ideal way to educate in your area of interest. Graduates of the program also satisfy educational entry requirements for membership of the Australian Counselling Association's Professional Colleges.
  • Time efficient. The Vocational Graduate Diploma offered by the Institute can be completed in around 12-months.

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