Master of Counselling

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Program Description

Master of Counselling

The University of Notre Dame Australia

This Master of Counselling is a full time program to be completed in two years and is offered by coursework, practical component and dissertation. This is a Masters program, which is based on the scientist/ practitioner model and has a significant practice component in it.


Placements will be organised by the counselling co-ordinator and will take place off campus. A total of not less than 50 hours of counselling practice and not less than 30 hours of supervision will be a course requirement. Close communication will take place between the placement and the course co-ordinator. Two case studies will be submitted as a course requirement (one each semester) based on client counselling on placement.


Given the practitioner nature of the program, it is considered appropriate that the dissertation should deal with some area of counselling practice.

The work must be an original investigation into an approved topic and should contribute to the general body of counselling knowledge.

Proposals for the dissertation are to be discussed with course coordinator prior to the end of the first semester of study.

The report shall be of not less than 13,000 words in length excluding references and bibliography and not more than 15,000 words.

The research must be soundly based and use either quantitative orqualitative methods.


Developmental Psychology or equivalent

Semester 1
Theories & Approaches to Counselling
Counselling Skills Revision
Experiential Group/Facilitation Skills
Research Methods
Narrative Therapy Workshop

Semester 2
Experiential Group Facilitation Skills
Counselling Couples and Families
Research Topic & Seminar Presentation
Ethical Issues in Professional Life
Trauma Counselling (Workshop)
Psychosexual Therapy (Workshop)

Semesters 3 & 4
Placement/Supervision/Case Studies*
*Year long


At the end of the Masters degree students will:

• Have built on knowledge already gained.
• Be able to work within a variety of settings and with a
variety of clients.
• Identify and discuss links between theory, practice and
personal awareness.
• Identify, discuss and contrast basic concepts and
issues in various theoretical models.
• Recognise and respond appropriately to self
injury/suicidal behaviours.
• Have a knowledge of research methods.
• Have demonstrated an ability to carry out independent
• Be competent in working with couples, families and in
a group.
• Have experience of not less than 50 hours counselling
practice and 10 hours supervision.


Applications should be received at least one month prior to
commencement. However, there are limited places available in
postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come firstserved basis, so early application is encouraged.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Fremantle, Western Australia
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