Accredited Postgraduate Programs



Our postgraduate programs are skills-based, providing practitioners with an opportunity to learn the Emotionally Focused perspective to individual and couple work. The Graduate Diploma is accredited under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 as a recognised tertiary qualification. We offer two accredited programs - a Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling and a Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy.



  • Articulation
  • The Graduate Diploma meets the requirements for PACFA and provides advanced standing for Masters courses at Australian College of Applied Psychology and University of Canberra.

  • Articulation agreements are in place with the Australian College of Applied Psychology and the University of Canberra. Successful students of the Grad.Dip. EFT are offered the following advanced standing :

  • · ACAP – 4 modules of advanced standing for the Masters of Applied Science (Counselling)
  • · University of Canberra - 24 Credit Points of advanced standing for the Master of Arts in Counselling

  • Both these agreements are dependent on the successful completion of specific units, so it is necessary to check the details with the Institute. Students holding a Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy can also apply for advanced standing in the Masters courses at other tertiary institutions.



  • Scroll down or click on a program name for detailed information:

  • · Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling (Grad. Cert. EFC)
  • · Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy (Grad. Dip. EFT)


  • Applications
  • Individuals wishing to complete the postgraduate programs or attend the workshops or short courses should visit our applications page and following the instructions there.

  • Prospective participants can read our Student Information Sheet, Assessment Guidelines and Student Handbook listing all adminstrative requirements for training, by reviewing our administration page. All postgraduate award fees for approved subjects are GST exempt. GST is applicable for continuing professional development students. GST has been applied to manual costs.

  • Information Morning
  • An opportunity for interested students to attend an information session on the postgraduate programs will occur from 10am-12pm, Friday 25th November, 2016. Please ring or email to book a place.

  • Praise
  • Click here to read some praise from practitioners who have attended our post-graduate programs.





  • Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling


    Grad. Cert. EFC


    The Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling is designed for health practitioners wishing to develop an Emotionally Focused approach to counselling. The aim of Emotionally Focused counselling is the regulation, debriefing, exploring and experiencing of emotions for the development of emotional health, thinking and understanding. The heart of the Emotionally Focused approach involves working with emotion at both a verbal and creative level. The focus of this program is the assessment, exploration and working with emotional experience with individuals and couples in a short-term way.


  • Methods of discovering, exploring, managing and working with emotional experience are outlined and demonstrated. Protocols for interventions using verbal and creative methods, such as unpacking, focusing, visualisation, drawing and cushion work, are provided.


  • Time Commitment
  • The program is part-time, 1-3 years candidature to allow flexibility of study. The subjects in the Graduate Certificate are the subjects for the first year of the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Students must complete 125 counselling sessions in their work environment and 10-15 hours of individual or group supervision with the Institute.

  • Subjects
  • Students are required to complete a number of compulsory workshops and a minimum of one elective, to the value of 22 points: The Individual counselling strand involves the 6 counselling workshops and 2 clinical days, Couple Assessment, Couple Talk, Multiple Chair workshop, and a minimum of one elective from the available workshops.

  • Supervision
  • Students are required to complete 10-15 hours of Emotionally Focused supervision. Supervision can be undertaken in individual/group format with a trainer or recognised supervisor. Students must complete 5-10 hours of supervision with a trainer. Students can use some work supervision with a supervisor approved by the Institute for remaining hours.

  • Satisfactory Completion Requirements
  • Students will be given guidelines in each subject setting out the requirements of attendance and completion of written and practical work.

  • Final Document
  • Students will be required to submit a audio tape of a current counselling session accompanied by written text within 6 months of completing all subjects for the Graduate Certificate. There is a $150 fee to submit the final document.

  • Accreditation
  • The Graduate Certificate is accredited under the Higher Education Act (TEQSA, 2011) as a recognised tertiary qualification.

  • Applications
  • Standard applications: Applications are sought from students with a relevant tertiary degree (arts, science, social sciences, etc) who are eligible for associate or member status in a professional association, and are currently working in face-to-face supervised counselling.

  • Non-standard applications: Applications can be accepted from students who do not possess relevant tertiary qualifications but have an accreditation of equal standing from a recognised professional body (eg. PACFA, ACA; or employed with a marriage & family agency accredited by Federal Attorney General's Department), have comparable training at a tertiary level, and are currently working in face-to-face supervised counselling.

  • Recognised Prior Learning
  • Practitioners who have successfully completed courses and workshops at the Institute over the last eight years are eligible to apply for advanced standing. The Academic Board will determine all advanced standing, recognised prior learning and other requirements.


  • Fees
  • Enrolment Fee: $170 for initial enrolment
  • Re-enrolment Fee: $130 per year
  • Note: enrolment fees are for Higher Education levies & charges.
  • Subject Fees: $395 per 2-day workshop; $27.50 per manual
  • Final Document Fee: $150
  • Courses & Workshops: Students pay fees on a subject basis when they are accepted into a course or workshop. Fees for approved courses & workshops are GST free. Costs of manuals incur GST. The cost of this postgraduate program, over 2 years, including enrolments, subjects and final document fees, but not including supervision is $5,165.


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    Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy


    Grad. Dip. EFT


    The aim of the Graduate Diploma of Emotionally Focused Therapy is to provide practitioners with clinical skills for both counselling and psychotherapy using the Emotionally Focused approach. The program will provide practitioners with the means to work with emotional experience, understand emotional signatures, and transform emotion schemes. Practitioners will be able to work with current problems, and past adult matters, as well as facilitate the healing of childhood traumas.


  • The program draws on theories of emotion, attachment, self and relationship to develop a model for understanding and working with emotional experiences. A central theme in the course is using emotional signatures to assess and work with present issues and past childhood traumas. Emotionally Focused therapy is a relational therapy, and involves therapeutic ways of being with clients in respectful, caring and real ways, while exploring and working with the symbolic aspects of the relationship.

  • Time Commitment
  • The program is part-time, 3-5 years candidature to allow students flexible pathways of study. Students must complete 250 clinical sessions of individual or couple work in their work environment. Students will need to complete a minimum of 20 hours of individual or group supervision with the Institute.

  • Subjects
  • Students are required to complete a number of compulsory subjects and a minimum of four elective workshops or course equivalence, to the value of 42 points. The first year of study comprises the subjects for the Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling. The second year compulsory subjects are the two Individual Therapy courses. Four electives can be completed from the individual and couple workshops and couple therapy.

  • Supervision
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 20-30 hours of supervision. Supervision can be undertaken in individual/group format with a trainer or recognised supervisor. Students must complete 10 hours of supervision with a trainer. Students can use some work supervision with a supervisor approved by the Institute for remaining hours.

  • Final Documents
  • Students are required to submit two pieces of work: a themed article, and a video/audio tape of clinical work accompanied by written text, within 12 months of completing all subject modules for the Graduate Diploma. There is a $150 fee for each item submitted.

  • Accreditation
  • The Graduate Diploma is accredited under the Higher Education Act (TEQSA, 2011) as a recognised tertiary qualification. Students holding a Graduate Diploma in Emotionally Focused Therapy can apply for advanced standing in Masters courses at other tertiary institutions.

  • Applications
  • Standard applications:
  • Standard applications: Applications are sought from students with a relevant degree from a tertiary institution (arts, science, social sciences, etc) who are eligible for associate or member status to a professional association, and who are currently working in face-to-face supervised clinical work.

  • Non-standard applications:
  • 1. Applicants who have successfully completed the subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Emotionally Focused Counselling.
  • 2. Applications will be accepted from students who do not possess relevant tertiary qualifications but have an accreditation of equal standing from a recognised professional body (eg. PACFA, ACA; or employed with a marriage & family agency accredited by Federal Attorney General's Department). Training must be comparable to a tertiary qualification, counselling experience of two years or 250 hours supervised practice.

  • Recognised Prior Learning
  • Practitioners who have successfully completed courses and workshops at the Institute over the last eight years are eligible to apply for advanced standing. The Academic Board will determine all advanced standing, recognised prior learning, and other requirements.

  • Satisfactory Completion Requirements
  • Guidelines will be given in each subject setting out the requirements of attendance and satisfactory completion of written and practical work.

  • Fees
  • Enrolment Fee: $170 for initial enrolment
  • Re-enrolment Fee: $130 per year
  • Note: enrolment fees are for Higher Education levies & charges.
  • Subject Fees: $395 per 2-day workshop; $27.50 per manual
  • Final Document Fee: $150
  • Courses & Workshops: Students pay fees on a subject basis when they are accepted into a course or workshop. Fees for approved courses & workshops are GST free. Costs of manuals incur GST. Cost of postgraduate program over 3 years, including enrolment, subjects, and final document fees, but not including supervision, is $8,195.


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