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
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
- 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).
No deferment available.
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
- 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.
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:
- Bachelor degree; or
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling or equivalent;
- a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course.
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.
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.
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).
Counsellors who work with children are required to obtain a Blue Card/Working With Chlidren and police check.
Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.