Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Holistic Practice)

Course Code



Graduate Diploma


Mixed-mode, intensives and online study

Credit Points



1 Year (Full Time)

Graduate Diploma of Counselling (Holistic Practice)

AQF Level 8

Course Coordinator: Geoff Berry

The aim of holistic counselling is to promote critical questioning and reflection on the human condition and spirituality, and their relationship to wellbeing.

The Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Holistic Practice) is a postgraduate course attuned to the increasing complexity and fast paced change of our times, as well as the developing mental health landscape of the early 21st century. But it does so in a unique way, recognising that what is often required to cope and flourish in modern society is the need to slow down and listen to the wisdom within.

At Metavision we combine experiential learning and transformational education to deepen self-awareness. We create and model safe space for students, who are challenged to engage with every aspect of themselves in a truly holistic fashion. Faculty members will support you to develop your capacity for critical questioning, asking you to reflect upon the human condition and spirituality, while nurturing your relationship to your place in the world and your own wellbeing.

The Metavision model facilitates the formation of graduates as skilled and professional counsellors. Graduates will display an advanced level of awareness of self and others, integrity, ethics, rigour and conscious development. Our aim is to produce graduates who have 'done the work' and can lead others on the same path to integration, flow, and an expanded sense of self.

The Metavision Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Holistic Practice) is designed for those wanting to enter a career in these helping, listening and caring professions at the highest level, whether they be graduates of a more conventional Bachelor's degree in psychology, the social sciences or the humanities, or those interested in a career change from something less satisfying. It is also appropriate for current practitioners who wish to gain a formal qualification at a Postgraduate level, while extending their skills and deepening their knowledge into new territory and broader applications.


Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of theoretical integration and competent application of holistic counselling skills. Therefore, the course has been designed with assessments that test each unit’s learning outcomes. Unit outlines provided to students include mapping of assessments against the unit’s learning outcomes and an outline of the graduate attributes developed in the unit.

Marking rubrics are used to ensure consistency in marking and grading, and the provision of clear and helpful feedback to students on how to improve their performance in future assessment tasks.

Student Progression Requirements

Students are expected to maintain good study habits, meet attendance requirements, log in regularly to Sophia learning management system, and submit all assignments by the due date. Students at risk of academic failure will be invited to meet with the Academic Director if they are:

  • Not meeting attendance requirements,
  • Fail to submit assessments, and
  • Have Fail grades for their enrolled units.

The meeting gives students a chance to discuss extenuating circumstances and agree on an academic support plan. Students may bring a support person to the meeting.

Core Units

Course Sequence, Units and Credit Points (26 cp in total)


Full Course Fees

Payment Plans are available

Payment plans are available enabling students to pay fees in instalments.

Credit Points Unit Cost Number of Units Total
2 $1,600 x 1 $1,600
3 $2,400 x 6 $14,400
6 $4,800 x 1 $4,800
Course Total $20,800

Other Costs

  • Application fee: $175
  • Non-refundable Deposit: $1500 (allocated to course tuition fees)
  • National Police Check: $41.50 on the Clear to Work website
  • Textbooks: Students are expected to purchase the required textbooks for each unit
  • Personal therapy: Five sessions with a PACFA registered counsellor or psychotherapist
  • Travel and accommodation for workshop intensives

Bridging Course - $1000

  • Applicants who have not completed counselling skills training in their previous qualification will be required to attend a bridging course provided by Metavision Institute.
  • More details can be found here: Foundational Counselling Skills

Fee refunds

  • Students may withdraw from their enrolled units prior to the Census Date, which is Day 4 of each semester, and receive full unit tuition fee refunds. The enrolment fee is not refundable.
  • Students who withdraw from their enrolled units after the Census Date will not usually receive a tuition fee refund. However, students who require special consideration may apply for a refund on the Fee Refund Application Form.

Course Dates 2023

Semester and Intensive Dates

Each table below shows all the available dates for the cohort based on enrolment period (intake).

Dates may be changed ahead of schedule - students will be informed of any date changes.

Now Enrolling (GDC-231)
Year 1 - 2023 Start date Census Date End date
Semester 1 6 March 9 March 17 July
Intensive 1 6 March 11 March
Semester 2 17 July 20 July 10 Nov
Intensive 2 17 July 22 July
Intensive 3 10 Nov 12 Nov

Workshop Intensives

Intensives run for the full day on each scheduled day except the last one.

Day Start Finish
Intensive Days 9:00 am 5:30 pm
Final Day 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Online discussions Regularly throughout semester


In addition to being an accredited Higher Education course with TEQSA, Metavision Institute is also applying to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) for course accreditation of the Masters course. More information about Metavision's Accreditation status can be found on the Accreditation page.