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MASTER OF COUNSELLING

TRANSFORMATIVE SELF-AWARENESS IN YOUR PERSONAL, SPIRITUAL, AND SOCIAL IDENTITY

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CHALLENGE YOU TO INTEGRATE YOUR FAITH AND CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW WITH COUNSELLING THEORY AND PRACTICE

Master of Counselling

This course will equip graduates to practice as autonomous and independent professional counsellors eligible to register with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as a Level 2 practitioner, or with the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a provisional member.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Masters of Counselling is based on evidence of a capacity to undertake higher degree studies including a:

  • Bachelor degree,
  • Bachelor Honours degree or
  • Graduate Diploma degree.

Applicants must attend an interview in which they demonstrate capacity for counselling including self-awareness, a relational capacity, ability to work in a team, capacity for ethical behaviour and ability to reflect on experience, learn from it and be open to feedback.

Experience based entry scheme for those without undergrad qualifications:

Applicants over 21 years of age who have not completed an undergraduate degree may be considered for admission if they successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Counselling, having completed the Graduate Certificate first under the Special Admission Rules.

Admission to the Master of Counselling course is not automatically assumed on completion of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Applicants must attend an interview where their capacity to undertake Master's level training will be assessed.

Course Outcomes

The Master of Counselling graduate will have specialised counselling knowledge for a range of clients (adults, children, adolescents, couples, families, groups). They will be able to assess and formulate a client's presenting problem and devise counselling interventions. They will understand the theory and models of human development and the implications for counselling clients in the different stages of life. Graduates will have advanced knowledge and understanding of the dominant therapeutic theory and methods as well as the legal, ethical, and cultural factors affecting counselling practice. Additionally, graduates will have specialised knowledge of the spiritual and theological issues relevant to working with clients of the Christian faith. Graduates will also develop specialisations in their chosen fields of study including, Child and Adolescent Counselling, and Relationship, Couple and Family Counselling.

Career Options

The course will equip graduates to practice as autonomous and independent professional counsellors eligible to register with the Australian Counselling Associate (ACA) as a Level 2 practitioner, or with the Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) as a provisional graduate member. Graduates may be self-employed professional practitioners, or be employed as counsellors in agencies, schools, government or non-government organisations (NGO's), as case workers, health care professionals and community care workers.

Credit Points

192 credit points at 800 and 900-level

Course Duration

2 years full-time, or up to a maximum of 6 years part-time. 

Course Structure

Full-time students complete 48 credit points each semester. During the first year students complete 8 core units, (a total of 96 credit points).
During the second year students complete 96 credit points consisting of:

  • 4 Core units (48 credit points),
  • 2 Specialty Elective units (24 credit points),
  • 2 Unit workplace based Capstone experience (24 credit points).

All units of study are 12 credit points, except the Capstone unit which is 24 credit points.

Study Modes

The course aims to offer students as much flexibility as possible, while maintaining a strong focus on experiential work. This means that there will be some classes offered alternately as on-campus and livestream classes. There are other classes that must be attended on-campus due to their highly interactive and experiential focus on skills development. Other classes are mixed delivery; a mixture of online, livestream, and a short intensive delivered on-campus.

Rules of Progression
  • The eight core first year units must be completed to progress to second year units of study
  • At least a CREDIT grade must be obtained in the skills-based video assessment for COU802 to progress to the Supervised Counselling Practicum
  • At the end of year 1 (or the completion of the first 8 core units) the student is required to attend a Feedback and Assessment Interview with either the Dean or Associate Dean of Counselling before progression into the 2nd year units.
Other Protocols of this Course
  • Students must complete at least 24 credit points in their chosen specialty elective.
  • All students complete the capstone Supervised Counselling Practicum.
  • Maximum length of candidature: 6 Years

UNITS

CORE UNITS

CODE NAME CP YEAR OF STUDY
COU801 Therapeutic Communication Skills 12 1st Year
COU802 Counselling Theory and Practice 12 1st Year
COU811 Legal, Ethical and Cultural Factors in Professional Practice 12 1st Year
COU812 Human Development  12 1st Year
COU813 Counselling Methodologies in Therapeutic Practice 12 1st Year
COU815 Counselling and Theology: Reflection and Integration 12 1st Year
COU816 Mental Health & Professional Practice 12 1st Year
COU901 Individual Counselling 1 (Interpersonal Process Model - Theory & Methods) 12 2nd Year
COU902 Individual Counselling 2 (Interpersonal Process Model - Integration & Applied Practice) 12 2nd Year
COU903 Social Research 12 1st Year
COU933 Group Dynamics & Facilitation 12 1st Year
COU932 Approaches to Crisis & Trauma 12 2nd Year
COU950 Supervised Counselling Practicum 24 2nd Year
SPECIALTY ELECTIVE UNITS
(CHOOSE 1 SPECIALTY = 2 UNITS)
CODE NAME CP YEAR OF STUDY
COU931 Child and Adolescent Counselling 1 (Theory & Methods) 12 2nd Year
COU941 Child and Adolescent Counselling 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 12 2nd Year
COU934 Relationship Counselling 1 (Theory & Methods) 12 2nd Year
COU944 Relationship Counselling 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 12 2nd Year

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