Study in counselling includes skill based training in most units. The whole course is focused on counselling practice which is a specialist area within psychology. Most classes are face-to-face and are highly interactive. Bachelor of Counselling is available in Melbourne and Brisbane and (most) postgraduate courses are available in Melbourne, Brisbane and Strathfield. The GradDipCouns (Child and Adolescent) is only available in Strathfield.
Most of the teaching staff are current practitioners as well as educators.
Generally, you would do either an undergraduate degree or a graduate program. After this, there are a wide range of specialist professional training courses that could be undertaken. Also, sometimes students with undergraduate counselling degrees incorporate these skills in other areas by completing graduate study in, for example, public health, teaching or social work.
Yes, although you are likely to require specialist training in relationship counselling after completing the degree. Also, some relationship counselling services require an initial period as an intern.
Each year students complete placements in a wide variety of settings. There is a placement co-ordinator on each campus to assist students to locate and manage placements. In 2016 students have been placed in: