MASTER OF COUNSELLING
TRANSFORMATIVE SELF-AWARENESS IN YOUR PERSONAL, SPIRITUAL, AND SOCIAL IDENTITY
Entry to the Masters of Counselling is based on evidence of a capacity to undertake higher degree studies including a:
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.
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.
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.
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.
192 credit points at 800 and 900-level
2 years full-time, or up to a maximum of 6 years part-time.
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:
All units of study are 12 credit points, except the Capstone unit which is 24 credit points.
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.
|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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