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Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM146

CRICOS 091225G

This program prepares students for a career in counselling by introducing them to the theoretical foundation and practical skills required. It offers a unique combination of up-to-date theoretical knowledge and practical skills in counselling and psychotherapy. Theoretical perspectives are balanced by application of techniques and approaches, resulting in experiential and integrated learning results.

Students must also allow up to two and a half days each week for a Counselling placement in their second year of study (or equivalent). A research pathway that provides a suitable background for PhD candidacy is also available.

The clinical skills pathway has been designed to meet the training requirements for practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3CM146
    Mid-year entry? No
    Deferment? No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
    Satisfactory completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants will also need to provide a statement of approximately 500 words giving their reason for applying, the names of two referees and a CV/resume that includes academic transcripts and their SATAC reference number to: Counselling and Psychotherapy Program Coordinator, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide SA 5005, or by email to Jacqui.howard@adelaide.edu.au . Applicants will be interviewed by academic staff to assess their aptitude for the degree. Successful applicants will be admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which constitutes the first year of the Master?s degree. Progression to the Master?s second year of the degree is dependent on a satisfactory review by academic staff. 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 are required to obtain a certificate from their home country.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM146

    International applicants

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    IELTS Overall 7 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 091225G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Prerequisites
    Overall satisfactory academic performance in the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy and an interview with academic staff members from the Discipline of General Practice.
    Equivalent Scores
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    7
    7
    7
    7
    7
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants will need to submit a resume + 500 word statement outlining their reasons for wishing to enrol in the program.
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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    Career Readiness

     

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    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this undergraduate program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students undertaking the clinical practice pathway are required to allow up to two and a half days each week for counselling placements. Placements provide students with supervised practical experience in counselling and psychotherapy.

    Professional Accreditation

    The clinical pathway of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy has been designed to meet the training requirements for counselling practitioners as outlined by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). This enables graduates to apply for registration with the Counselling Association of South Australia , ACA, and PACFA, and to be listed with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

    Potential careers

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist

  • Global Learning

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  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the degree of Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the student must satisfactorily complete a program of study in either the Clinical Practice pathway or the Research pathway.
    Clinical Pathway indicative study plan
    Year1S1 GEN PRAC 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan GEN PRAC 5005 Counselling Skills 1 GEN PRAC 5008 Counselling and PsychotherapyTheories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    S2 GEN PRAC 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy GEN PRAC 5008 Ethics in the Workplace GEN PRAC 6018 Counselling Skills 2 GEN PRAC 6021 Nature of Grief
    Year2S1 GEN PRAC 7020A Counselling Placement 1A GEN PRAC 7005 Narrative Approaches toCounselling GEN PRAC 7006 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications GEN PRAC 7004 Interpersonal Therapy: Theory
    and Techniques
    S2 GEN PRAC 7020B Counselling Placement 1B GEN PRAC 6019 Overview of Mental Health GEN PRAC 7013 Family and Relationship
    Counselling

    GEN PRAC 7014 Counselling of Children and Adolescents

    Rsearch Pathway indicative study plan
    Year1S1 GEN PRAC 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan GEN PRAC 5005 Counselling Skills 1 GEN PRAC 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health
    S2 GEN PRAC 5008 Ethics in the Workplace GEN PRAC 6018 Counselling Skills 2 GEN PRAC 6021 Nature of Grief
    Year2S1 Research Thesis Research Thesis GEN PRAC 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Expressive Therapies
    S2 Research Thesis Research Thesis GEN PRAC 7006 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications GEN PRAC 7013 Family and Relationship Counselling

    Assessment

    Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments and may include counselling placements or a research thesis.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016

 

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