Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling

Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling

For Individuals, Couples & Families



18-months delivered over two semesters, with 50 hours of supported work placement included.


Online and face-to-face. Combination of self-paced and interactive online learning, with full-day face-to-face classes and skills workshops once a month.


All face-to-face training, workshops, placement seminars and field trips take place in the Sydney Metro area for NSW residents.

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Learn More Webinar

Do you have skills and experience in counselling and want to make a real difference? Relationship Counselling might be the path for you!

The next intake commences February 2024 and applications are now open. Join a learn more webinar to find out more about the program. 

Next Webinar
12 December 2023
4 - 5pm AEDT 

Relationship Counselling Employment Opportunities


The Federal Government’s Labour Market Insights estimates that the demand for family and marriage counsellors will be very strong over the next five years.

Graduates will be qualified to work in a variety of family relationship specialist roles.

Family Counsellor
Couple and Family Counsellor
Relationship Counsellor
Marriage Counsellor
Post Separation Counsellor
Child and Adolescent Counsellor

What to Expect From This Diploma

This course will equip you with the clinical skills, knowledge and confidence to provide advice and support to those struggling with relationship issues. You’ll learn to:

Apply the principles of structured, impartial, non-judgemental, respectful counselling
Apply a full range of proven therapy techniques to assist couples and families
Recognise and respond to crisis situations, and to evidence of family violence, parenting stress, mental health issues, loss and grief, and child harm
Work effectively with more than one client in the room
Understand the legal and ethical considerations applying to relationship counselling
Work effectively within a case management and clinical supervision framework

Fully Supported Work Placement

As part of this diploma, we offer a fully-supported 50-hour work placement program. This allows students to apply their learnt theories and frameworks into practice under the supervision of experienced counsellors and practitioners. Students can complete their placement in one of the following Relationships Australia NSW centres:

  • Broadmeadow
  • Dee Why
  • Sydney CBD
  • Illawarra
  • Macquarie Park
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Bathurst.

Students also have the option of undertaking placements in their workplace with a suitable private practitioner.

Register Your Interest For February 2024 now

Our next Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling intake commences in February 2024. To get a subject outline, key dates or express your interest in the program complete the enquiry form on the Relationships Australia Victoria website.

After you have completed the form, a staff member from our Victoria office will contact you with further information.

Please note, the Victoria branch is the registered training organisation for this program, but all in person sessions for NSW participants are located in Sydney. 

More questions?

The Graduate Diplomas are delivered by Relationships Australia Victoria, Registered Training Organisation #21977. All enquiries should be directed to our Victoria head office.

Phone: (03) 8573 2222

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