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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

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a professional qualification for people who wish to become ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellors. The degree offers students the chance to develop the personal and professional wisdom that will help them to transform the lives of others and to enjoy a rewarding career in counselling. 

The degree delivers a current theoretical foundation and the opportunity to develop practical skills through hands-on experiential learning. Lecturers are accredited practitioners with experience in their fields, and students participate in small group workshops to practice and improve key skills through case-based learning. Students gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, mindfulness, attachment theory and ethical practice in the first year, and in second year can tailor their studies to their interests via a range of electives and by choosing to undertake either a clinical or research pathway.

On graduating, students will be prepared to help individuals, couples, families and communities find solutions for emotional, mental and lifestyle issues in a broad range of areas including youth work, relationship counselling, group therapy, school counselling, return-to-work counselling and private practice. Graduates of the clinical pathway can register as an intern with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and after further clinical experience can apply for full registration. Graduates of the research pathway are prepared for PhD study.

  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    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
    All applicants must provide the following additional information: ? a written statement of up to 500 words outlining the motivation for studying the programs ? names of two referees
    ? a current CV
    ? and attend an interview (by phone or skype)

    Within ten days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/pgcandp/application.html

    Successful applicants will be admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which constitutes the first year of the Masters degree. Progression to the Masters (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

    Not an international applicant?

    IELTS Overall 7 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? No
    CRICOS 091225G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only
    Prerequisites
    Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    Equivalent Scores
    IELTS
    Overall
    Reading
    Listening
    Speaking
    Writing
    7
    7
    7
    7
    7
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must provide the following additional information:

    • a written statement of up to 500 words outlining the motivation for studying the programs
    • names of two referees
    • a current CV
    • and attend an interview (by phone or skype)

    Within ten days of submitting a formal application, candidates must provide all required additional information on line directly to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the following link:
    https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/pgcandp/application.html

    Successful applicants will be admitted to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy, which constitutes the first year of the Masters degree. Progression to the Masters (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
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

    International applicants

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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.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy are prepared for a wide variety of roles in broad range of areas including youth work, relationship counselling, group therapy, school counselling, return-to-work counselling and private practice.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this 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 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). This enables graduates to apply for registration with the Counselling Association of South Australia and PACFA, and to be listed with the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).

    Potential careers

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    Compulsory courses:

    The Second Year of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy starts during the Summer School period (January – February).

    An elective in the Second Year of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is offered during the Winter School period (June – July).

    As part of the accreditation for our Masters program with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), students are required to attend all classes/seminars.


    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 5006 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 to Counselling GEN PRAC 7006 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications GEN PRAC 7009 Hypnosis
    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

    Research 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 5006 Ethics in the Workplace GEN PRAC 6018 Counselling Skills 2 GEN PRAC 6021 Nature of Grief GEN PRAC 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    Year2S1 GEN PRAC 7016A Research Thesis GEN PRAC 7016A Research Thesis GEN PRAC 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy GEN PRAC 7019 Expressive Therapies
    S2 GEN PRAC 7016B Research Thesis GEN PRAC 7016B 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: Monday, 5 Dec 2016

 

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