Phoenix Institute of Australia


Higher Education Courses

Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling and Bachelor of Holistic Counselling


Why study this course?

The Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling and the Bachelor of Holistic Counselling is nationally recognised by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and is designed to equip students with the skills required to work as a counsellor in the community services sector or in private practice.

The course provides the skills and knowledge essential for
counselling practice including working with clients, working with groups, life transformation, grief, loss, risk management, children and life transitions and case management.
Course overview

The Bachelor of Holistic Counselling with the nested award of Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling presents counselling approaches that emphasise the integration of body, mind, spirit, and environment within the context of one’s society. This unique course offers students a holistic, psycho-spiritual, client centred approach to counselling and therapy for students. It provides a humanistic approach to mental and spiritual health and well-being.

The Bachelor of Holistic Counselling consists of 24 compulsory subjects which may be undertaken over 3 years of full-time or equivalent study (6 semesters).  After the completion of 16 subjects, normally undertaken over 2 years of full-time or equivalent study (4 semesters), students may graduate with the award of Associate Degree of Holistic Counselling.

The course is structured into 5 Strands:

Strand 1 Counselling Process (COP)
Strand 2 The Unconscious in Healing (UIH)
Strand 3 Cultural Context and Mental Health (CMH)
Strand 4 Counsellor as Researcher (ERT)
Strand 5 Professional Practice (PPR)

Details of each subject are provided in Structure and Content  on this website.

Career outcomes

Career outcomes include private practice; practice in settings such as hospitals, health centres, welfare organisations, youth organisations, refugee organisations, aged care centres, schools, correction centres; art therapy projects in Australia and overseas (e.g., for specific populations such as immigrant groups); and cross-cultural, corporate, community, and individual consulting in Australia and overseas.

What to do next

Please email to book your place for the next Information Evening and receive degree information pack.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please complete the Application Form and call Phoenix on 03 9510 4264 to book in for an interview which is the first step in the enrolment process.