My passion is helping people in diverse communities to get better access to health care, particularly for mental health. If you have a healthy mind and a healthy perception you are more likely to achieve your goals. I believe it’s all about mental state. ACU helped me achieve the right mindset to finish my studies, so now I can facilitate a similar mindset with people I work with.”
Psychology & counselling
Do you want to use your knowledge and experience to help others? As a psychologist or counselor, you’ll empower others to improve their lives. And gain the skills to make a real difference to individuals and the community.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We want to empower you to empower others. So as a psychology or counselling student, you’ll learn from practitioners and clinicians who are actively involved in professional associations and community services. And you’ll benefit from our excellent clinic facilities, where you can complete practicums and casework.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As our student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects.
A range of opportunities
Your career in psychology or counselling can follow many paths. You can work in child welfare or adolescent counselling, community work or health, education, corrective services, family or child services, transcultural and refugee agencies, and so much more.
We’ve got your back
If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathway to get started.
ACU offers a three-year Bachelor of Counselling degree as well as a postgraduate suite of programs in counselling.
These programs provide students with knowledge of counselling theories, whilst giving them the practical skills needed to work as a counsellor in a range of professional fields. Students will develop the skills to critically analyse different counselling and psychotherapy models and will gain valuable practical experience through extensive clinical fieldwork placements.
Students will gain a strong understanding of their selves, the community, society and ethical practice. Our graduates enter the workplace with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in the field of counselling.
A range of counselling and human service careers are available, including:
- Community welfare workers (services such as Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline)
- Child safety
- Child and youth service managers (eg 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 (eg child protection, addiction recovery centres)
- Crisis counselling centres
- Private practice
- Juvenile Justice Officer
ACU offers two three-year APAC-accredited undergraduate psychology degrees. The Bachelor of Psychological Science offers a minor sequence in counselling and provides a comprehensive understanding of psychology, including behavioural and mental processes. The Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) includes a minor sequence in arts disciplines.
Students who go on to complete an honours program or a graduate diploma will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
ACU offers a number of postgraduate programs in psychology including masters degrees in professional, clinical, and educational and developmental psychology – giving students the option of following either the 4+2 model, or the 5+1 model to achieve the six years of training as approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Psychologists are experts in human behaviour and emotion. They help people to find ways of functioning better in their day-to-day lives. For example, they train people to handle stress and family problems. Clinical psychologists help with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses across the lifespan.
Career paths can include (and will depend on the course studied):
- Child welfare and development
- Community work
- Human resources
- Market research
- Practitioner psychologists
Page last updated: 2017-06-28
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