Graduate Diploma of Theology of Psychology and Counselling

John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne

Type of institution: Higher Education Institutions
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 02490E

This program is designed for psychology graduates or those from a similar field (or have sufficient professional or life experience in areas related to this area to qualify them for entry at a graduate certificate level in an Australian university), and have experience in providing counselling or psychotherapy as part of their responsibilities in paid or voluntary employment in the fields of health, community services, education or pastoral work. The program would benefit those engaged in psychology, social work, medicine, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, general nursing or pastoral care. The purpose is to provide those who hold to Christian values in their professional life or who wish to offer assistance to clients or patients who would prefer a Christian faith dimension to the assistance they receive, with a Christian theological and philosophical understanding of the psychological sciences, together with the capacities necessary to work within a fully informed Christian perspective and as well as the ability to respond to issues of morality and character from a faith perspective.


All candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Theology of Psychology and Counselling must complete 24 credit points (8 subjects of 3 cp each) over a minimum of 1 year of full-time study or over a minimum of 2 years' part-time study, comprising 18 cp in compulsory subjects and 6 cp in other subjects.


  • Theology of psychology and counselling

Standard entry requirements

  • Graduate Certificate
  • 4 subjects


The program is theological and not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and completing the it will not lead to registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The program does not count toward any continuing professional development requirements for counsellors, psychologists or medical practitioners in relation to a student's professional membership.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Thomas Carr Centre International: $11,640 Yes

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