Master of Professional Counselling

Monash University Malaysia

Program Description

Master of Professional Counselling

Monash University Malaysia

Master of Professional Counselling

Why study a Master of Professional Counselling?

The Master of Professional Counselling in Monash University Malaysia is a skills-based course suited to those with an interest in counselling. It is taught by academics with extensive experience of working as professional counsellors/psychologists.

This course is designed to prepare students to become registered counsellors in settings such as community mental health, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice. The course is also suitable for people already working in various professions who may wish to utilise counselling skills in roles such as teaching, social work and human resources. A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on preparing students to be culturally competent counsellors in Malaysia and the region.

This course requires students to undertake 504 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 192 hours of client contact. Through these mandatory placements, students have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings.

Professional recognition

This course will be submitted for accreditation by the following professional organisations:

  • Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia)
  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Areas of study

  • Counselling practice and theory
  • Human growth and lifespan development
  • Mental health issues: grief, trauma and substance abuse
  • Counselling in a multicultural context
  • Children and adolescents counselling
  • Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling skills: individuals and couples
  • Ethics and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  • Group counselling skills and psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Advanced Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling research design, statistics and program evaluation
  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Counselling practicum
  • Research project in counselling
  • Counselling Internship

Course structure

This course consists of advance preparatory units, core units and application units.

Requirements

Students must complete:

1.Four advanced preparatory units (24 points)

  • Counselling practice and theory
  • Human growth and lifespan development
  • Mental health issues: grief, trauma and substance abuse
  • Counselling in a multicultural context

2.Eight core units (48 points)

  • Children and adolescents counselling
  • Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling skills: individuals and couples
  • Ethics and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  • Group counselling skills and psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Advanced personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling research design, statistics and program evaluation

3.Four application units (24 points)

  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Counselling practicum
  • Research project in counselling
  • Counselling Internship

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent qualification with credit average (60%), submit referee reports (two academics) and must attend an interview.

Applicant must also meet the University’s English language requirements IELTS minimum overall test score of 6.5 with individual band scores not less than 6 or an internet-based TOEFL score of 79 overall with minimum scores of :

  • Listening 12
  • Reading 13
  • Speaking 18
  • Writing 21
  • or paper-based TOEFL score of 550 overall with Test of Written English (TWE): 4.5.

Mode of study

Full-time

Part-time (Classes are held on weekdays during the day, no weekend classes. All students are expected to be available during scheduled class times).

Expected course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of evidence-based theories and frameworks related to the major schools of counselling and psychotherapy
  • relate appropriate therapeutic approaches and strategies to the corresponding developmental stages across childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing
  • demonstrate capacity in synthesising and communicating ideas at an advanced academic level
  • demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in all aspects of professional counselling
  • develop a deeper understanding of self, personal values and preferred styles of counselling
  • assess clients both formally and informally through individual, family, group and career counselling
  • apply the knowledge and skills developed in counselling practice in a workplace setting
  • recognise the ethical and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  • demonstrate knowledge of appropriate research approaches and apply research and evaluation skills in the contexts of research, report writing, case notes and referrals.

Career opportunities

On completion of the course, graduates should be able to work as counsellors with an advanced level of knowledge, and be cognisant of the professional issues involved in undertaking counselling as a profession in Malaysia and the region. Graduates would be able to work in settings such as community mental health clinics, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice.

Duration

The Master of Professional Counselling degree can be undertaken over two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Fees

In 2016, full tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM 65,000 for Malaysian students
  • RM 71,500 for international students.

Credit

No credit transfer applications will be accepted.

Intake periods for 2016

February and July

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2017
July 2017
Duration
Duration
2 - 4 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
65,000
Information
Deadline
Start date Feb. 2017
Place
Malaysia Selangor
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Duration 2 - 4 years
Price 65,000
for Malaysian students; RM 71,500 for international students.
Start date July 2017
Place
Malaysia Selangor
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 2 - 4 years
Price 65,000
for Malaysian students; RM 71,500 for international students.