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Master of Clinical Counselling

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

Description

Gain further knowledge of counselling theories; human behaviour; mental health issues; grief and loss; trauma; addiction; how groups function; and relationship and family counselling. This course is designed to prepare professional counsellors to work in a range of settings such as community mental health, community agencies, schools, multidisciplinary mental health teams, and in private practice.

Students will develop skills in:

  • counselling interventions
  • behavioural assessment and evaluation
  • critical thinking
  • ethical awareness and decision-making
  • communication.

Course Duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

No deferment available.

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

160

Exit Point

Students may exit with either of the following awards provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree:

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Counselling (40 cp from prescribed units);
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling (80 cp from prescribed units).

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2015

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $16400 Fee-Paying (indicative only)
Important Note on Fees

All costs are based on current rates. A student's annual fee may vary in accordance with their choice of major and electives. The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Eligibility

An applicant must also comply with the Admission Rules.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1.  
    1. Bachelor degree; or
    2. Graduate Diploma in Counselling or equivalent;

      and

  2. a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course.

Applying for Admission

Career Paths

A range of counselling and human service careers are available including:

  • Community welfare workers (e.g. Services such as Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline)
  • Child safety
  • Child and youth service managers (e.g Kids Help Line)
  • Relationships Australia
  • Mission Australia
  • Local Community Neighbourhood Centres
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Regional domestic and family violence services
  • School counselling
  • Government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres)
  • Crisis counselling centres
  • Private practice.

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete two practicum placements.

Each practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 100 hours person-to-person counselling.

Each practicum placement requires students to source an on-site counselling supervisor who is appropriately qualified, i.e. who is eligible for PACFA register membership. In addition, students will participate in group supervision with a University-appointed supervisor.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Counselling may be required to complete additional supervised client contact in order to apply for membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). The Master of Clinical Counselling will enable graduates to become graduate members of the Australian Register of Counselling Psychotherapy (ARCAP).

Other Prerequisites to Undertaking this Course

Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Chlidren and police check.

Pathways to Further Study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Contacts for Future Students

Domestic Students An Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder

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International Students

Description

Gain further knowledge of counselling theories; human behaviour; mental health issues; grief and loss; trauma; addiction; how groups function; and relationship and family counselling. This course is designed to prepare professional counsellors to work in a range of settings such as community mental health, community agencies, schools, multidisciplinary mental health teams, and in private practice.

Students will develop skills in:

  • counselling interventions
  • behavioural assessment and evaluation
  • critical thinking
  • ethical awareness and decision-making
  • communication.

Course Duration

2 years

Start Dates and Campus Availability

Brisbane
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
Melbourne
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017
Strathfield
  • 09-Feb-2015 , 08-Feb-2016 , 06-Feb-2017

Deferment, Credit Points & Course Units

Deferment Postponing the start date of this course.

Yes. See Defer your offer.

  • On Campus

Credit Points Numerical values attached to each unit (subject) or component of a course. At ACU, one unit is normally 10 credit points.

160

Credit Points

160 cp

Exit Point

Students may exit with either of the following awards provided they have completed the required units specified within the degree:

  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Counselling (40 cp from prescribed units);
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling (80 cp from prescribed units).

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course Costs

  • Unit Fee: $2380.00 (2015)
  • Average first year fee: $19040.00 (2015)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $38080.00 (2015)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Eligibility

Applicants must have an overall academic IELTS of 6.5, including an individual score of 6.0 for all tests along with:

  1. Bachelor degree in an appropriate field and
  2. A satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course

Applying for Admission

Career Paths

A range of counselling and human service careers are available including:

  • Community welfare workers (e.g. Services such as Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline)
  • Child safety
  • Child and youth service managers (e.g Kids Help Line)
  • Relationships Australia
  • Mission Australia
  • Local Community Neighbourhood Centres
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
  • Regional domestic and family violence services
  • School counselling
  • Government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres)
  • Crisis counselling centres
  • Private practice.

Professional Experience

Students are required to complete two practicum placements.

Each practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 100 hours person-to-person counselling.

Each practicum placement requires students to source an on-site counselling supervisor who is appropriately qualified, i.e. who is eligible for PACFA register membership. In addition, students will participate in group supervision with a University-appointed supervisor.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Counselling may be required to complete additional supervised client contact in order to apply for membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). The Master of Clinical Counselling will enable graduates to become graduate members of the Australian Register of Counselling Psychotherapy (ARCAP).

Other Prerequisites to Undertaking this Course

Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Chlidren and police check.

Pathways to Further Study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

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