Master of Counselling
Applications are open for Semester 2. Apply now and study Counselling in 2013!
About the Course
The Master of Counselling provides advanced training in counselling theory and practice, with an introduction to a range of counselling specialisations. The postgraduate degree integrates mental health and wellness/strength-based models within a Christian worldview*, encouraging and equipping counsellors to work with the whole person.
The course aims to:
- Produce self-reflexive counsellors who can (i) develop and maintain respectful, caring and collaborative therapeutic relationships and (ii) effectively function both independently and within multi-disciplinary settings;
- Prepare counsellors to work in a variety of settings with clients of diverse ages, backgrounds and life issues;
- Highlight the importance of lifelong learning that is informed by counselling-focused research, set within ongoing professional development.
During the program students gain professional industry experience (200 hours) supported by group and individual clinical supervision (54 hours).
- Face to face (on-campus) delivery in Drummoyne, NSW
- Delivery Mode: Weekend intensives and/or Evening Classes
- Duration: 2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
- Credit Points: 96 / Number of Units: 14
- Student Workload: 10 hours per unit per week (includes provision for personal study)
- FEE-HELP available
- Austudy approved
The course is particularly suited to (i) current counsellors seeking additional training at a post-graduate level; (ii) individuals with undergraduate qualifications (or equivalent) wanting to enter the counselling profession and (iii) other professionals seeking to diversify and extend their current skill set or change career direction.
The School of Counselling provides a flexible timetable, allowing students to coordinate study with work, family and other commitments.
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Intakes are in January and July (with three round offers for Semester 1 and two round offers for Semester 2).
Applicants for admission must:
- provide evidence of completion of an accredited undergraduate degree, and
- demonstrate their suitability for counsellor training by means of written rationale, a written set of goals, and participation in an interactive workshop designed to explore interpersonal skills.
International Students: Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic test. See the Counselling Course Information Booklet for more details.
The Master of Counselling degree qualifies you for membership in peak bodies and professional guilds such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Graduates work in private practice and a variety of Christian, church-based and secular counselling services, centres and programs (such as schools; private, government and NGO agencies; and child and adolescent services). They work with varied age groups and target populations (children and adolescents, the homeless, troubled youth, adults with a range of mental health issues, the unemployed, the elderly); addressing a range of life issues including trauma, loss and grief, relationship and family issues, identify formation, spiritual concerns, illness and disability.
To find out more download the School of Counselling Course Information Booklet.
*It is not necessary to be a Christian to undertake this course.