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Master of Counselling - 341JA

Course Code: 341JA
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Counselling
CRICOS Code: 088965G
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an Overall Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Embrace a holistic counselling career

Looking to specialise in the areas of professional supervision, research or gain advanced-level employment in a variety of settings from community agencies and government departments through to HR departments and private practices? Our Master of Counselling will provide an advanced level of skills and training, enabling you to undertake relevant project work and applied research units and therefore fast-track your qualifications. You’ll also obtain full registration as a clinical practitioner with PACFA, the professional accreditation body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia.

Study a Master of Counselling at UC and you will:

  • work holistically in a range of community settings with a diversity of clients by respecting the importance of social and cultural contexts
  • access the most recent and relevant academic conventions and materials
  • develop skills in critical thinking, communication, problem solving and project management
  • experience the experiential, collaborative and holistic approaches to learning enabling you to develop indepth practical knowledge and skills, self-awareness and reflexivity.
  • obtain full registration as a clinical practitioner with PACFA, the professional accreditation body for counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Master of Counselling graduates in a range of sectors, including in:

  • counsellor in a private practice
  • policy and research
  • human resources
  • specialist counselling fields, such as drug and alcohol counselling, youth work and family therapy

Course specific information

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline as approved by the University, demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant experience (paid or voluntary) by submission of a CV that includes two referees and attend a pre-admission interview at the University of Canberra. Students must also submit a letter of application detailing their relevant experience and addressing the knowledge assumed necessary for enrolment.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology will be eligible for 24cp in the Master’s course (within an articulation agreement currently being completed by the ACAP).

Students who have a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (UC) or who can demonstrate that they have completed equivalent counselling units at a postgraduate level in an accredited course, will be considered for academic credit for the required units (of up to 24cp).

Students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People Check and a Police Check to be accepted for placement and to meet the requirements of the Counselling Placement and Supervision unit, Advanced Counselling Skills unit and Supervision Field Experience unit.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline as approved by the University; demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant experience, paid or voluntary by submission of a CV including 2 referees; and attend a pre-admission interview at the University of Canberra.

Students who have a Graduate Diploma in Community Counselling (UC) or who can demonstrate that they have completed equivalent counselling units at a postgraduate level in an accredited course, will be considered for academic credit for the required units (up to 24cp).

Additional Admission Requirements

Students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People check and police check to be accepted for placement by an agency to meet the requirements of the Counselling Placement and Supervision unit, Advanced Counselling Skills unit and Supervision Field Experience unit.

Applicants must submit a letter of application detailing relevant experience and addressing the knowledge assumed necessary for enrolment.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from the Australian College of Applied Psychology will be eligible for 24cp in the Master?s course (Articulation agreement currently being completed by ACAP).

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a level of mature life experience and self-awareness shown by the capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, including being open to positive and challenging feedback.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Counselling M Couns

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision Graduate Certificate in Counselling Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.


Professional Accreditation

This course is designed as a professional qualification in counselling. Graduates of this course may apply for professional membership with organisations such as the Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for Canberra and Regions (CAPACAR), and for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) register as a counsellor and supervisor (depending on their professional experience and supervision).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- act responsibly and ethically in the context of the counselling profession and their obligations to the community and society
- identify and analyse problems within the counselling field and formulate and implement ethical and realistic solutions
- communicate their knowledge, ideas and opinions in the counselling field effectively, in both oral and written
- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts.
- gather ,analyse and interpret information using appropriate academic research skills
- analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in the field, in written and oral form.
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.
UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Graduates of the Graduate Certicate in Counselling:
- respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender
- demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect for all aspects of diversity
- understand and use technology effectively in research and counselling practice.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to:
- be able to demonstrate competence in a variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of contexts analyse, critically evaluate and present information about counselling skills, models and theories
- be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to an area of specialisation.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
Learning outcomes for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling in addition to the above:
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:
- undertake independent study, take initiative and demonstrate leadership
- work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a multidisciplinary group
- systematically analyse, evaluate and critique information and situations relevant to current issues in Counselling practice, in written and oral form.
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.

UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling:

- communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a range of cultural and inter-disciplinary.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will have the skills and knowledge to:
- be able to demonstrate competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of complex
- be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding of major evidence based, research informed theory and current practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
Learning outcomes for the Master of Counselling, in addition to the above:
Master of Counselling graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:
act responsibly, ethically and professionally as practitioners in the context of the counselling profession and their obligations to the community and society;
undertake independent study, and demonstrate a high level of initiative and leadership;
work effectively and collaboratively with others as part of a multidisciplinary group;

identify and analyse complex problems within the counselling field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions;

critically gather, analyse and interpret information using a high level of academic research skills.
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.

UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Master of Counselling graduates:
communicate ideas and opinions effectively within a wide range of cultural and inter-disciplinary contexts;

think globally and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional practice and respect for all aspects of diversity;
understand and use technology effectively and creatively in research and counselling practice.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Master of Counselling graduates will have the skills and knowledge to:
be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of complex contexts;
be able to demonstrate a critical in-depth understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to an area of specialisation;
be able to contribute to evidence based, research informed theory and current practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is an exit award only for the Master of Counselling. The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision; and the Graduate Diploma in Counselling are subsumable into the Master of Counselling award. The Graduate Diploma in Counselling is also an exit award for the Master of Counselling.

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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