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What will I learn?

The Masters of Counselling is a two-year course, and is available on both a full time and part time basis.

Skills are developed alongside critically reflective practice that is applied to substantial real-world counselling experience in the master of counselling course.

Students in the Master of Counselling course are exposed to a range of theories and encouraged to develop a holistic approach to counselling based on the understanding that the human person is an integrated being and that no one approach to counselling has all the answers or is the right approach for every client. In the master of counselling course, you will develop an intentionally integrated understanding of the human person, the basis of human difficulties, and processes of change, growth and healing.

During the master of counselling course, you will learn to implement a process that holds the potential to mobilise change for clients. Built on trauma-informed principles, this process-based approach of the master of counselling course then becomes the basis of theoretical integration. There is a strong emphasis on developing the personality of the counsellor. This includes valuing the well-being of the counsellor.

CHC’s master of counselling course is designed to equip student counsellors with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work ethically, sensitively, inclusively and respectfully with clients from diverse backgrounds

As a ‘first training’ course, the Master of Counselling is not available to students who already hold a PACFA-accredited qualification, such as a Bachelor of Counselling.

Successful engagement in the Counselling profession requires a level of personal maturity and self-awareness. PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) therefore recommends that current and prospective Masters in counselling students are assessed for their personal growth and likely suitability for the Counselling profession. Entry to the Master of Counselling is thus subject not only to academic requirements but also personal suitability as assessed through an interview, a personal statement and referee reports.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Counsellor, Personal Support Worker, Pastoral Counsellor, Chaplain, School Counsellor.

Professional recognition

The Master of Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). This means that graduates of the award can become Graduate Members of PACFA member organisations including the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA) and Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA).

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Master of Counselling consists of 16 units – 12 core Counselling units, 3 elective Counselling units and 1 unit in research methods.

Master of counselling students also complete 200 practicum hours (embedded in the units CO667-CO670), 30 hours of their own counselling, 5 site visits to counselling organisations and 15 hours of external professional development events as part of the Master of Counselling degree. Master of Counselling Students who wish to engage in a practicum placement in the area of Child and Adolescent Counselling, or to engage in a practicum placement involving children and young people under the age of 18, must hold a Blue Card (or equivalent) prior to engaging in the placement. Master of counselling students who intend to engage in a practicum placement involving individuals or groups other than children and young people under the age of 18 must make completed a criminal history check prior to engaging in the associated practicum placement.

In planning their courses, master of counselling students must consult the Social Sciences Courses Guide for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

CRICOS

075672F

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,400.00 (17,82,178) per year
Unit cost (10 CP): AUD $4,050
Start date

July 2022

Venue

Christian Heritage College

322 Wecker Road,

CARINDALE,

Queensland,

4152, BRISBANE, Australia

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,400.00 (17,82,178) per year
Unit cost (10 CP): AUD $4,050
Start date

July 2022

Venue

Christian Heritage College

322 Wecker Road,

CARINDALE,

Queensland,

4152, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Recent secondary education

Applicants with recent secondary education ore not eligible for entry to this course.

Vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are not eligible for admission to this course.

Higher education study

Applicants with a Bachelor degree in any field (non-PACFA accredited) are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

Work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are not eligible for admission to this course.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination.

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
  • PTE (Academic): 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
  • TOEFL (PBT): 577
  • TOEFL (IBT): 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)
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