Course Structure and Content

Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling (52698WA)

For effective training and assessment of the Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling the 6 competencies are delivered through 12 modules outlined in the table below.

Module Unit of competency
Module 1: Foundations of Transpersonal Counselling 601A
Module 2: Counselling Paradigms 606A
Module 3: Focusing oriented approach to Transpersonal Counselling 602A
Module 4: Transpersonal Approaches to Dream work 602A
Module 5: Ritual, Myth & Healing 603A
Module 6: Human Potentials in Transpersonal Counselling 603A
Module 7: Foundations of Mental Health 604A
Module 8: Psycho-spiritual Approaches to Crises and Emergence 604A
Module 9: Counselling Skills I: Micro Skills 605A
Module 10: Counselling Skills II: Practical Applications 605A
Module 11: Ethico-legal & Best Practice in Counselling 606A
Module 12: Practical Placement 606A

The Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Counselling (52453WA) requires the successful completion of 6 competencies.

Unit of competency Unit Code
Use applied transpersonal psychology in visionary practice IKONTPC601A
Using technologies of consciousness in helping clients with life problems IKONTPC602A
Use human potentials techniques to help clients with life problems IKONTPC603A
Use transpersonal counseling, visionary practice techniques in mental health practice IKONTPC604A
Counsel clients utilizing transpersonal counseling techniques IKONTPC605A
Perform counselling within the contexts of regulated ethical and best practice standards IKONTPC606A

Advanced Diploma Delivery Format

One Year

The format for the one-year Advanced Diploma is six days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday one week, Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday the next week). There is a week break between each fortnightly module with a break in August.

Two Year

The format for the two-year Advanced Diploma is four days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) and four weekly evening tutorials 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with six modules in the first year and five modules in the second year. The Advanced Diploma has 396 hours face-to-face teaching over 11 Modules plus 100 hours in supervised placements.

Course Content

Module 1: Foundations of Transpersonal Counselling
The foundation module introduces students to the core concepts and theories in transpersonal work through a historical and comparative approach. The central focus is upon establishing a model for transpersonal work drawing upon both cross-cultural perspectives and an understanding of the nature of consciousness. It covers:

  • the history of transpersonal psychology
  • models of the psyche and the spectrum of consciousness
  • comparison between mainstream and traditional models of healing
  • exploring states of consciousness
  • mythology and life patterning
  • hero’s journey and life transitions
  • shamanic and spiritual perspectives
  • the transpersonal process in counselling
  • history of the unconscious.

Module 2. Counselling Paradigms
The module presents and evaluates major paradigms in counselling and psychotherapy. The central focus is a history of counselling theory and practice from psychodynamic approaches to major C21st perspectives. This module gives the student the foundation upon which to build their own personal paradigm as they continue through the course.
It covers:
• transpersonal approaches to counselling and psychology
• psychodynamic, humanistic and behavioural approaches to counselling
• existential and phenomenological approaches • therapy and the construction of meaning • counselling practice as it applies to the paradigms • case studies • theory and practice.

Module 3. Focusing‐Oriented Approach to Transpersonal Counselling
This module draws on the work of Eugene Gendlin and the inner relationship ‘Focusing’ of Ann Weiser Cornell and explores specific techniques for generating self compassion, awareness and healing processes. The use of ‘mindfulness’ as a therapeutic tool is also explored.
It covers:
• experiential Focusing – a step by step guide to practice
• mindfulness and its application in counselling
• altered states of consciousness and healing
• the use of induction techniques in ‘Focusing’
• working with images in counselling
• facilitating self‐compassion in counselling.

Module 4. Transpersonal Approaches to Dream work

A detailed examination of the major dream work processes, including research and application (e.g. neuropsychology of dreams) is presented in this module. Psychoanalytic, archetypal, phenomenological and experiential approaches to dream work are examined and practiced.
It covers:
• a history of the unconscious
• Jungian approaches to dreams
• archetypal psychology
• symbolic life
• symbols of transformation
• parapsychology and dreams
• one‐on‐one techniques for dream work
• group dream work process.

Module 5. Ritual, Myth and Healing 
This module explores the nature and use of myth in the healing process and in a cross cultural context. It covers story and myth‐ building and the application of therapeutic ritual for personal development, life transitions, rites of passage and healing. The origin of ritual processes in traditional cultures is considered.
It covers:
• ritual and life transition
• ritual and the construction of life meaning
• symbols and transformation
• culture and psyche
• personal and collective mythology
• ritual process and the Hero’s Journey
• therapeutic ritual in contemporary counselling practice
• rites of passage.

Module 6. Human Potentials in Transpersonal Counselling
This module explores the different states of human awareness and the possibilities that a human can experience beyond ordinary consciousness. Notions of the paranormal and other exceptional human abilities are examined. The module draws on research from modern physics, neuropsychology and biology. Students apply resonance phenomena, energetics and state specific approaches to counselling practice. The module considers the area of Human Potentials and their application to working with clients.
It covers:
• an exploration of Human Potentials
• parapsychology – models for psi
• chakra diagnosis – energetic healing practices
• techniques for altered states of consciousness
• resonance techniques
• cross cultural understanding of non‐ordinary experience
• consciousness research.

Module 7. Foundations of Mental Health 
This module provides an introduction to mainstream mental health concepts, assessment and practice to enable graduates to work within and communicate with mainstream health and welfare organisations.
It covers:
• mainstream approaches to mental health
• abnormal psychology
• DSM‐V and diagnosis
• psychological and psychiatric paradigms
• mental health first aid
• suicide risk assessment
• grief, loss, change and art therapy
• introduction to practical placement.

Module 8. Psycho‐Spiritual Approaches to Crises & Emergence
Recognising spiritual crises and emergence and distinguishing characteristics of transpersonal emergence from those of psychosis and mental illness is a feature of this module. The module examines whether and to what extent transpersonal crises can be resolved in our society and focuses on the development of an understanding of working with these factors in counselling.
It covers:
• mental health, cultural context in counselling
• spiritual crisis and emergence
• spiritual emergency
• madness, mysticism and creativity
• psychosis and schizophrenia
• traditional models of non‐ordinary states
• counselling and the unconscious
• mapping emergence experiences
• case studies in psychosis and spiritual emergence.

Modules 9 & 10 . Counselling Skills I: Micro skills Counselling Skills II: Practical Applications
These two modules are designed to provide students with a foundation in interpersonal skills which are essential to becoming an effective counsellor. The fundamentals of counselling are extended into transpersonal dimensions of human interaction. Humanistic, experiential, archetypal and phenomenological approaches are integrated into a transpersonal model.
These modules cover:
• the client‐centred approach
• empathy and resonance
• counselling interventions
• creation of Safety
• the therapeutic relationship
• transference, counter‐transference and projection
• planning and managing a session
• integrating the interventions learnt throughout the course
• boundaries and ethics
• working with different client populations
• case analysis and management.

Module 11. Ethico‐Legal & Best Practice in Counselling
The module considers the current climate of professional counselling practice in Australia including ethical considerations, legal compliance and inter‐professional relationships. Students’ attention is drawn to professional codes of ethics and their application to Counselling practice and to the practical aspects of establishing a successful independent practice.
It covers:
• establishing a counselling practice
• ethical and legal obligations
• professional industry compliance
• developing your identity as a transpersonal counsellor
• professional Association membership
• professional Supervision
• professional networking
• personal and professional development
• self care practices
• case studies in ethics.

Module 12. Practical Placement
The placement module is carried out in the community and is an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience working as a counsellor or in a related role. The placement program is structured workplace learning that helps the student prepare for the workforce. It is designed to help students better understand and apply their learning during the Advanced Diploma by putting into practice Counselling skills in the workplace. Students will be required to undertake 100 hours of supervised work placement to complete their advanced Diploma.
During Practical Placement students will:
• work closely with clients
• work with groups or individuals
• apply counselling interventions and processes
• experience counselling supervision
• participate in designated professional development
• report on their casework.

Transpersonal Counselling Course Outcomes

Successful completion of the course requires the following outcomes.
Students must demonstrate:
• competence in knowledge of the core concepts, theory and research relevant to each module
• competence in utilising materials and skills taught in the modules
• initiative and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills
• competence in the transpersonal techniques, theory and processes taught in the modules
• understanding of the conditions under which skills and strategies are applied
• understanding of the limits to their competence
• their competencies both practically and in written form
• self‐development by utilising the relevant transpersonal techniques.

Requirements to achieve a qualification

In order to qualify for the Advanced Diploma, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Attendance at all lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Where attendance is not possible through circumstances beyond the student’s control, then suitable makeup work, if possible, must be completed according to a set schedule. Minimum attendance, allowing for valid excuses [e.g., medical certificates] is 80% of all class sessions and 80% of the total course.
  • Completion on time of all written assignments.

  • Completion of all case studies relate to both work with individuals, clinically, and work with groups.

  • Completion of agency placement [practicum: 100 hours]

  • Demonstration of appropriate interpersonal skills and mental health status in class and clinical sessions, which allow competent professional practice.


The process of assessment throughout the course is continuous and addresses students’ performance in the following ways through:

  • Evaluation of written assignments which address the concepts, theory and practice of transpersonal work and which are required for every module throughout the course.
  • Evaluation of written case studies, which are required for practice-oriented modules.
  • Observations and ratings of interpersonal skills and development of professional counselling skills in role playing and clinical practice sessions.
  • Observations and ratings of students’ performance in tutorials in written and verbal modalities.

  • Observation and assessment of students’ performance in workplace environments …for example, relevant agencies.

  • Written and oral examinations at the end of the course.

RPL (Prior learning)

This is conducted on a case-by-case basis in which the content of prior learning, whether it is formal academic or other industry training, is assessed and can be translated into course credit. This based on detailed transcripts, curriculum statements, course notes and readings and job descriptions as well as examples of workplace reports produced. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.

Credit Transfer

This is available on application and on a case-by-case basis.Students must complete a Credit Transfer & RPL Application Form. This must be approved prior to commencing the course.