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Welcome to the Cairnmillar Institute. We are a not for profit organisation and a registered health promotion charity. For almost 60 years Cairnmillar has provided psychological services at their clinics in Hawthorn, Highpoint and Whittlesea. Cairnmillar also offers professional short courses and higher education programs through their School of Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy

Enrolments Now Open for 2019

2019 Course & Program Guide


The School has developed an outstanding teaching program and an excellent reputation for the education of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.
The high quality of our courses means that our graduates obtain the highest possible standards.

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At Cairnmillar’s psychology clinic, we offer quality affordable counselling sessions with highly recommended psychologists.
Our Psychologists aim to provide cost-effective therapy to clients understanding that engagement with therapy requires an extended personal and financial investment.

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The Short Course Centre plays an important role in enhancing the contribution that Cairnmillar make to the psychological health of the community.

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Our targeted community programs, partnerships, volunteers and alumni help us to support our mission to improve the mental health and wellbeing of our broader community.

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I Win You Lose: A Web-Series

Gambling is everywhere. We see it in sports, community clubs, hotels, on television, radio, iPads and mobile phones. Without realising it, we can be creating the next generation of gamblers.
Cairnmillar has been involved in treating gambling additions, either individually or in groups, and we strongly support this video series as a preventative way to educate by raising awareness of the unseen, yet pervasive nature of gambling.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference – 21 & 22 February 2019

We welcome you to our upcoming Autism Spectrum Disorder conference, aimed at health professionals on 21st February and community groups including parents and teachers on 22nd February 2019.
Find out the range of topics to be discussed by keynote speakers including Prof Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett, and secure your place by clicking on the heading above.

The Big Tent Online Program, Coming 2019

The six-session online training program is expanding in 2019, with interactive group supervision via secure remote webinar. This program will provide additional opportunities to explore the issues regional and remote early childhood workers face.
Read more and register your interest, but clicking on the heading.

Cairnmillar now offers VET courses!

Our Certificate IV in Career Development is currently open for Summer School enrolment, allowing learners to develop the skills needed to provide immediate support for client’s career development needs, as well as better identify and assess clients in their career goals.