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Master Of Counselling

The Master of Counselling degree can be completed full-time over 2 years and provides professional training in counselling with a focus on integrating counselling practice with a biblically sound Christian worldview. Units are available both on-campus and online.

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Master of Counselling

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.

Special Entry

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, Crisis and Trauma Counselling, Group Therapy, 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 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

64 credit points at 600 and 700-level

Course Duration

The course is based on 4 semesters (each of 13 weeks duration).

The maximum length of candidature is 4 years for full-time students, or 6 years for part-time students.

Course Structure

Full-time students complete 16 credit points each semester. During the first year students complete 8 core units, (a total of 32 credit points).
During the second year students complete 32 credit points consisting of:

  • 2 Core units (8 credit points),
  • 4 Specialty Elective units (16 credit points) OR 2 Elective units (8 credit points) and 2 Specialty Elective units (8 credit points).
  • 2 Unit workplace based Capstone experience (8 credit points).

All units of study are 4 credit points, except the Capstone unit which is 8 credit points.

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

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 dvd assessment for CO602 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 8 credit points in their chosen specialty elective.
  • To include a specialisation in the title of the award, for example: 'M. Couns. (Relationship Counselling)' students must complete a total of 16 credit points of study within their chosen specialty. This is comprised of 8 credit points from the specialty electives and a further 8 credit points using two of the Individual Learning Plans focusing on further specialised learning in the chosen field of specialty.
  • All students complete the capstone Supervised Counselling Practicum.
  • Maximum length of candidature: Full Time: 4 Years, Par Time: 6 Years

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UNITS

CORE UNITS
CODE NAME CP YEAR OF STUDY
CO601 Therapeutic Communication Skills 4 1st Year
CO602 Counselling Theory and Practice 4 1st Year
CO611 Legal, Ethical and Cultural Issues 4 1st Year
CO612 Human Development  4 1st Year
CO613 Counselling Methodologies in Therapeutic Practice 4 1st Year
CO615 Counselling and Theology: Reflection and Integration 4 1st Year
CO616 Mental Health Management  4 1st Year
CO701 Individual Counselling 1 (Interpersonal Process Model - Theory & Methods) 4 2nd Year
CO702 Individual Counselling 2 (Interpersonal Process Model - Integration & Applied Practice) 4 2nd Year
CO703 Social Research 4 1st Year
ELECTIVES (COMPLETE 2)
CODE NAME CP YEAR OF STUDY
CO621 Individual Learning Plan 1 (Coursework) 4 2nd Year
CO721 Individual Learning Plan 2 (Research) 4 2nd Year
SPECIALTY ELECTIVE UNITS
(CHOOSE 1 SPECIALTY = 2 UNITS)
CODE NAME CP YEAR OF STUDY
CO731 Child and Adolescent Counselling 1 (Theory & Methods) 4 2nd Year
CO741 Child and Adolescent Counselling 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 4 2nd Year
CO732 Crisis & Trauma Counselling 1 (Theory & Methods) 4 2nd Year
CO742 Crisis & Trauma Counselling 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 4 2nd Year
CO733 Group Dynamics and Facilitation 4 2nd Year
CO743 Group Therapy 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 4 2nd Year
CO734 Relationship Counselling 1 (Theory & Methods) 4 2nd Year
CO744 Relationship Counselling 2 (Integration & Applied Practice) 4 2nd Year
PRACTICUM  
CO750 Supervised Counselling Practicum 8 2nd Year
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