Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MCounsPsych)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program prepares students for a career in counselling by introducing them to the theoretical foundation and practical skills required. The program consists of core and elective coursework and combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills in counselling and psychotherapy. The clinical skills pathway has been designed to meet the training requirements for practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. In the second full-time year of the program (or equivalent) students must allow up to two and a half days each week for Counselling Placement. The research pathway provides a suitable background for students considering PhD candidacy.
The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.


Condition of Enrolment
Criminal History Clearance: Students who undertake clinical placements, internships or research projects involving children or people who are ill, elderly or vulnerable are now required to demonstrate clearance by producing a criminal history check, obtained through a Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) check. International students may be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Head of School/Program Coordinator before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.


Academic Program Rules for Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

There shall be a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 48 units in either a Clinical Practice or Research pathway.

The Clinical Practice pathway comprises of:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units (Compulsory Core courses of 24 unit value and Clinical Practice Core Courses of 15 unit value)
  2. Elective courses to the value of 9 units

The Research Pathway comprises of:

  1. Core courses to the value of 39 units (Compulsory Core courses of 24 unit value and Research Pathway Core courses of 15 unit value)
  2. Elective courses to the value of 9 units
Compulsory Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Compulsory Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 24 units.

Core Courses

All of the following courses must be completed:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 3
PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Counselling Workplace 3
PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment Across the Lifespan 3
PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories 3
PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 3
PUB HLTH 6019 Overview of Mental Health 3
PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief 3
PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods In Health 3