Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

General

Program Description

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The course includes theoretical study, experiential-based skill development and self-reflective clinical practice in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy.

The overall theoretical orientation of this coursework Masters is psychoanalytic and to a lesser extent systemic. In the final year of study, students can hone their clinical skills in a year-long fieldwork placement, or as an alternative to the fieldwork placement, students with relevant previous experience may apply to complete a research project.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 6)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have a three-year degree from a recognised university and attend an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a written application and attend an interview if they are short-listed. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years full-time (or

equivalent) experience in a formal counselling role.

It is desirable that all applicants have a three-year degree from a recognised university, in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services.

For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree; or
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

English Language requirements (Band 4)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience; or
  • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6113 Principles of Psychodynamic Practice 15
COU6121 Psychodynamic Theories of Counselling 15
COU5303 Couples and Family Therapy 15
COU6305 Individual Psychotherapy Practice 1 15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6114 Object Relations and Attachment Theory 15
COU5210 Personal Issues in Counselling 15
COU6324 Individual Psychotherapy Practice 2 15
COU6403 Psychodynamic Theories of Couples and Family Therapy 15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Option 1: Field Placement Mode
COU6428 Couples and Family Therapy Practice 1 15
COU6429 Couples and Family Therapy Practice 2 15
COU6430 Group Supervision 1 15
COU6424 Field Placement 1 15
Option 2: Research Project Mode
COU6428 Couples and Family Therapy Practice 1 15
COU6429 Couples and Family Therapy Practice 2 15
COU6433 Counselling Research: Project Preparation 20

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
Option 1: Field Placement Mode
COU6323 Group Psychotherapy 15
COU6412 Psychotherapy Research 15
COU6425 Field Placement 2 15
COU6432 Group Supervision 2 15
Option 2: Research Project Mode
COU6323 Group Psychotherapy 15
COU6412 Psychotherapy Research 15
COU6228 Counselling Research Project 20
COU6230 Counselling Research Project Report 20

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

The panel recommends that the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Clinical Strand) be professionally accredited for a period of 7 years. This does not include the research-focused Masters' strand. Students wishing to pursue a PACFA professionally accredited course must complete the field placement and group supervision subjects in the Clinical strand.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

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