Programme overview

Do you want a career in counselling? The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in a diverse range of environments in Aotearoa New Zealand. Explore collaborative counselling approaches, find out about power relations, and consider how historical, cultural and social contexts shapes people’s lives.

You’ll be guided through the programme by passionate staff with years of experience, many of who are active in their communities which means that what you’ll learn reflects the real challenges you’ll experience in practice.

Highlights

  • As a graduate, you can apply for provisional membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
  • Ethical approach: our lecturers work to the guidelines of the Code of Ethics of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.
  • A core part of the programme is a practicum which we help you find - every student is requried to complete 200 hours of training.
  • Integration of bi-cultural practices and the study of Maori practice models are key parts of this programme.
  • Staff who have extensive counselling experience and are members of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Successfully completed Unitec’s Bachelor of Social Practice degree or an equivalent qualification in a field of social practice.
2. Have experience working in a field of social practice.
3. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 including:

  • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes
  • Consent to a police vet check
  • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact
  • If required, participate in an interview
  • If required, provide a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a member of

4. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
5. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Introduction to Counselling Practices (CSTU7351) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)This course will enable students to develop an experiential and theoretical understanding of the philosophy and skills of collaborative practices. Students will develop practical skills and responses to a range of client issues. Bi-cultural and ethical issues are an essential component of this course. Students will experience a marae noho on the Unitec marae. The course will enable students to set up and negotiate an appropriate placement to meet the requirements of the Counselling Practicum course.
CoursesCreditsAim
Advanced Collaborative Practices (CSTU8019) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)This course will enable students to research and extend their understanding of the broad field of collaborative practice. The focus will be on clinical practice development and the ability to articulate the links between theory and practice building on their understanding of kaupapa Maori and Tikanga.
Counselling Practicum (Sem A) (CSTU8020-SA) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will enable students to manage a client case load with appropriate managerial and professional supervision and be able to account for the safety and effectiveness of their practice. Students will reflect on and critique their own practice, articulating the links between theory and practice. A minimum of 200 face to face counselling hours with 20 hours of professional supervision is required.
Counselling Practicum (Sem B) (CSTU8020-SB) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course will enable students to manage a client case load with appropriate managerial and professional supervision and be able to account for the safety and effectiveness of their practice. Students will reflect on and critique their own practice, articulating the links between theory and practice. A minimum of 200 face to face counselling hours with 20 hours of professional supervision is required.
Collaborative Practice Applications (CSTU8021) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable students to develop and extend clinical expertise in a diverse range of whanau, family, couple and group situations. Students will research practice with a particular population of clients. Students will be involved in a counselling workplace while doing this course.