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MCom Counselling (Part-Time)

Catalog id : 5333
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
23664 AUD
National
6349 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Department
Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

About this course

This program will provide students with in depth knowledge and practical skills for a successful career in professional counselling. Taught in collaboration with UQ's School of Psychology, the program is one of the largest in Australia and has a strong focus on counselling and applied psychotherapy strategies to enhance outcomes for clients struggling with a range of challenges. These challenges may vary from intra-personal issues to inter-personal (relationship) and systemic problems.

The program adopts an integrative theoretical and practical focus which incorporates many areas from person-centered to brain-based approaches. Students will develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling and be able to competently support individuals, couples, families and groups in the community.

Placement courses:

Students will undertake approximately 350 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Careers:

The Master of Counselling provides career opportunities in human service settings such as health, welfare, community services, human resources and personnel management and private practice. It is well suited to people who work with individuals, families, groups and communities in many different fields and circumstances, such as loss and grief issues, mental health and well-being, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and drug and alcohol issues, relationship issues and others.

Professional memberships:

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

Accreditation body:

  • Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy And Counselling Federation Of Australia

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Please contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • An approved bachelor degree with demonstrated prior learning in the social and behavioural sciences (e.g. in social work, psychology, social welfare, behavioural studies, human services, nursing, therapies, medicine, or related fields).

 For International students:

  • An approved bachelor degree with demonstrated prior learning in the social and behavioural sciences (e.g. in social work, psychology, social welfare, behavioural studies, human services, nursing, therapies, medicine, or related fields).
  • IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 6.Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 7 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 7 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening).

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Course Modules

Course Code Course Title

      Year 1, Semester 1:

  • COUN7001 Interpersonal Skills in Counselling 1
  • COUN7002 Theories of Counselling
  • COUN7005 Counselling and Mental Health
  • COUN7014 Understanding and Caring for Those Affected by Loss

      Year 1, Semester 2:

  • COUN7006 Interpersonal Skills and Processes in Counselling Among Diverse Groups
  • COUN7012 Counselling Children and Young People
  • COUN7016 Ethics and Professional Practice Issues in Counselling
  • SWSP7267 Family Therapy Traditions: Basic Concepts and Skills

      Year 2, Semester 1:

  • COUN7004 Relationship Counselling
  • COUN7019 Counselling for Crisis and Violence
  • HLTH7308 Developing a Research Proposal
  • and Part A of COUN7020

      Year 2, Semester 2:

  • COUN7015 Counselling for Health and Capacity Challenges
  • COUN7020 Counselling Practicum Part B

      Electives:

  • EDUC7001 On the Edge: Identifying and Assisting Students at Risk
  • EDUC7009 Career Guidance: Counselling for Life Planning
  • EDUC7051 Career Counselling: Narrative Approaches
  • HPRM7004 Introduction to Substance Use & Misuse
  • HPRM7005 Assessment & Interventions for Substance Misuse
  • PSYC8017 Public Health Psychology
  • PSYC8291 Applied Gerontology
  • PUBH7003 Qualitative Research: Public Health Applications
  • PUBH7620 Social Perspectives in Population Health

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.

Additional application requirements:

For International students:

  • Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.
  • Applicants are required to submit a certified copy of their university academic transcripts, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and names and contact details for two referees. Applicants may also be required to undertake an interview as part of the admission process.
  • Referees must be of a professional or academic nature, from a workplace or from any prior study. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, brother, sister, or parent. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and partners or children of colleagues.
  • This program may have inherent requirements that need to be met prior to undertaking placement.
  • Students will be required to obtain a Blue card prior to commencing their clinical placement.
  • For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

For national students:

  • Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.
  • Applicants are required to submit a certified copy of their university academic transcripts, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and names and contact details for two referees. Applicants may also be required to undertake an interview as part of the admission process.
  • Referees must be of a professional or academic nature, from a workplace or from any prior study. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, brother, sister, or parent. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and partners or children of colleagues.
  • This program may have inherent requirements that need to be met prior to undertaking placement.
  • Students will be required to obtain a Blue card prior to commencing their clinical placement.

Late Applications:

 

Late applications may be considered however there is no guarantee of an offer as the program has limited places.

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