Health Sciences

Frequently asked questions - Counselling

Below you will find questions that prospective students often ask about undertaking a Counselling degree at ACU:

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Psychology studies the human mind and behaviour. Studying psychology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of behavioural and mental processes.

Counselling focuses on client’s concerns and difficulties and includes understanding people’s patterns of thoughts, behaviours, feelings and the ways in which these may be problematic in their lives. Studying counselling involves learning how to assist people to develop an understanding about themselves and to make changes in their lives.

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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.

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.

  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Community Services
  • Regional Domestic and Family Violence Services
  • School Counselling
  • Government Agencies (eg child protection, addiction recovery centres)
  • Crisis Counselling Centres

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.

Not at present, although we are currently developing a Nursing/Counselling double degree to be offered from 2018.

  • Qld: English (4, SA)
  • Vic: Units 3 and 4 – a minimum study score of 25 in English (any)

Each year students complete placements in a wide variety of settings. In 2016 students have been placed in:

  • Community Health Centres
  • Emergency Relief Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Private Practice Settings
  • Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Disability Recruitment Services
  • Camps for Disadvantaged Children
  • a Trauma Centre
  • a Prison School
  • Services for the Homeless
  • Child Protection
  • Aged Care
  • Youth Program