The Master 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.
Students in the Master of Counselling 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. You will develop an intentionally integrated understanding of the human person, the basis of human difficulties, and processes of change, growth and healing.
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 then becomes the basis of theoretical integration. There is a strong emphasis on developing the person of the counsellor. This includes valuing the well-being of the counsellor.
CHC’s counselling programs are 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 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.
COURSE ADMISSION CRITERIA
I am an applicant with:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
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 (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)|
|PTE (Academic)||59 (at least 51 in all subtests)|
|TOEFL (IBT)||90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)|
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our expert teaching staff will inspire you to think creatively, be curious and innovate.
Choose a part-time or full-time program to suit your circumstance and lifestyle. Part-time student should note some classes my be scheduled during the day. Some lectures and tutorials may also have evening classes
Customise your degree
Our courses have a broad range of majors/minors and specialisations that allow you follow areas of interest and passion.
Capacity to make meaningful contribution
CHC’s commitment to producing graduates with the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their client’s growth and wellbeing involves the strong emphasis within the counselling programs on the acquisition and practice of counselling skills.
Although CHC counselling courses are highly experiential in nature with a strong emphasis on the development of the person of the counsellor, they also value and prioritise academic rigour and the importance of staying up-to-date with emerging trends and findings relating to the fields of counselling and psychotherapy. This includes underpinning all aspects of the counselling programs with the latest research on interpersonal neurobiology and mental health and encouraging students to engage with counselling research.
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).
The Master of Counselling consists of 16 units – 12 core Counselling units, 3 elective Counselling units and 1 unit in research methods.
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. 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. 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, students must consult the Social Sciences Courses Guide for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.
All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.
Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.
You can see what you study costs will be by clicking the link below.
CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.
The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.
Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.
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