Learn to provide targeted therapeutic options in alcohol and drug services

Chisholm’s Graduate Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs Addiction Counselling provides you with the skills to confront current and emerging needs in the alcohol and other drugs service sector. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of addiction to both alcohol and other drugs, evidence based counselling strategies, and the ability to provide service to vulnerable individuals and families all within ethical frameworks for counsellors. You will also learn about the socio-political contexts in which you will practice and how to apply your counselling skills to youth, children, older adults and families in need.

This highly specialised program has been developed to meet the growing need of counsellors and mental health workers to tackle the increase in adult alcohol and drug consumption and the associated mental health concerns. The degree has been developed in consultation with counsellors, psychologists, academics, policy makers, professional bodies and with close liaison with industry partners, ensuring that it provides you with skills based on current evidence, and industry needs. This course is ideal for those with skills in the mental health sector, who wish to extend their qualifications and/or counselling abilities through rigorous training via highly skilled professionals.

Award granted
Graduate Diploma
Course code
On campus
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
February and July

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and aligned to Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 8.