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Empowering people to help themselves

Through offering a structured and focused way of addressing problems, counsellors help people to develop their own strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges they are facing. A counsellor works with clients to help them develop self-understanding, to make changes in their lives that accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselling can make a real and potentially immediate difference in people’s lives.

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Study Counselling at Griffith

Our Bachelor of Counselling was developed in consultation with industry and professional organisations working on the frontline of counselling services. So that graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills that we know employers are looking for. Counselling subjects are introduced early in the degree, so that you’ll be able to gauge if it’s really for you.

You’ll receive a large amount of hands-on experience, from your 350 hours of on-campus counselling training to when you get to apply that in placement opportunities. This is an excellent degree for those interested in psychology, but who want to start working sooner rather than spend the extra time required to study and eventually practise psychology. It's also ideal for those not wanting to undergo advanced studies in research and statistics. Students can start in any trimester (3 entry points) and spread their study load to suit themselves.

Employer Demand

Demand for counsellors and their skills is expected to grow strongly in Australia to November 2019* and the Bachelor of Counselling has been designed with input from frontline counselling agencies, including what they require in graduates.

*Australian Government Job Outlook, March 2016

Lauren Schleger

Griffith rehabilitation counselling graduate

Lauren Schleger grew up in Kingaroy, a small town three hours north of Brisbane, where she heard stories about her mother, Janet, changing lives through her role in child protection.

Those stories inspired Lauren to follow in Janet’s footsteps by studying a Bachelor of Counselling at Griffith University. Lauren says she is driven by a desire to help people live happy and fulfilling lives. It’s why she took on the degree.Griffith has taught me foundational skills that I can build upon in the workforce.

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Study options

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Scholarships

Over 600 Scholarships available.

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Career outcomes

You’ll be qualified to work in areas such as

  • generic counselling
  • family and relationship counselling
  • correctional counselling
  • addiction counselling
  • telephone counselling

You can also pursue further studies or training towards becoming a career counsellor, rehabilitation counsellor, guidance counsellor, and mediator.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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18 Dec 2019

Top diplomat honoured with Griffith DUniv

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10 Dec 2019

Vascular access research receives $3.6m in funding

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Key dates

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Monday 28 October — Saturday 15 February

Trimester 3: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 3 February to Saturday 15 February.

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Tuesday 28 January — Thursday 30 January

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 17 February — Friday 21 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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