Site Navigation

Master of Clinical Counselling

This course is not available for domestic application in Semester 2, 2014.

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

The Master of Clinical Counselling will teach you about counselling theories, human behaviour and mental health issues. The 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.

You will develop skills in:

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

Areas covered by this clinical counselling course include:

  • grief and loss
  • trauma
  • the functioning of groups
  • addiction
  • mental health issues
  • relationship and family counselling

Course Duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus Availability and Study Mode

  • Brisbane (On Campus) - (Application not available)
  • Melbourne (On Campus) - (Application not available)
  • Strathfield (On Campus) - (Application not available)

Attendance: Primarily attendance, either face-to-face or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: Some online with a compulsory attendance component (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

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Counselling or for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling may exit from the course with that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start Dates for 2014

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - International
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - International
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - Applications closed
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - International
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - International
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course Costs

  • Average first year fee: $15600 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 2014 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

This course is not available for domestic application in Semester 2, 2014.

Career Paths

A range of counselling and human service careers is available including: Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Local Community Neighbourhood Centres, community services (e.g. Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline), Kids Help Line, Relationships Australia, Mission Australia, regional domestic and family violence services, school counselling, government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres), crisis counselling centres, and private practice.

Professional Experience

Students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Counselling are required to complete two practicum placements.

Each practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 100 hours of 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 of the program are eligible to enrol in further studies in the form of research degrees such as Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More Course Information

The Master of Clinical Counselling is designed to provide advanced training in counselling and mental health work. The program prepares counselling professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct behavioural assessments and to provide counselling interventions.

Contacts for Future Students

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

Related Links

International Students

Description

The Master of Clinical Counselling will teach you about counselling theories, human behaviour and mental health issues. The 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.

You will develop skills in:

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

Areas covered by this clinical counselling course include:

  • grief and loss
  • trauma
  • the functioning of groups
  • addiction
  • mental health issues
  • relationship and family counselling

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

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Counselling or for the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling may exit from the course with that award.

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 is available including: Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Local Community Neighbourhood Centres, community services (e.g. Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline), Kids Help Line, Relationships Australia, Mission Australia, regional domestic and family violence services, school counselling, government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres), crisis counselling centres, and private practice.

Professional Experience

Students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Counselling are required to complete two practicum placements.

Each practicum involves substantial experience in the practice of counselling, including a minimum of 100 hours of 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 of the program are eligible to enrol in further studies in the form of research degrees such as Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

More Course Information

The Master of Clinical Counselling is designed to provide advanced training in counselling and mental health work. The program prepares counselling professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct behavioural assessments and to provide counselling interventions.

Contact us

Related Links