Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellors support others in exploring and overcoming emotional, mental and lifestyle issues. Counselling is a rewarding career choice for students who want to develop personal wisdom and transform the lives of others.
What will you do?
Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy supports the development of ethically aware, research-informed and clinically effective counsellors. You will:
- learn from academics with extensive professional counselling experience
- build hands-on skills through experiential learning
- benefit from case-based learning in small group workshops
- gain a core understanding of CBT, grief, attachment theory and ethical practice.
From second year you’ll begin tailoring your studies to your personal interests, eventually choosing between a clinical or research pathway.
Where could it take you?
You could support young people in your community through roles and programs in schools or youth work. You might run a private practice or conduct group therapy at a centre. Perhaps you’ll be a relationship or return-to-work counsellor.
Our clinical pathway graduates can register as an intern with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and, after further clinical experience, apply for full registration.
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SATAC Code 3CM146 Intake February Enquiries Future Students teamSATAC Code: 3CM146
CRICOS 091225G Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Additional Entry RequirementsQuotas apply. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be ranked according to a standardised interview assessment process and the University will offer places in order of rank.
All applicants must provide the following additional information: * a resume that includes academic transcripts.(this must be uploaded as part of your application) * attend an interview (by phone or skype)
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.
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $25,500
Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessGraduates 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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.
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).
Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist
Degree StructureCompulsory 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 PlanTo 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 Year1 S1 PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health S2 PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief Year2 S1 PUB HLTH 7020A Counselling Placement 1A PUB HLTH 7005 Narrative Approaches to Counselling PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications PUB HLTH 7021 Hypnosis S2 PUB HLTH 7020B Counselling Placement 1B PUB HLTH 6019 Overview of Mental Health PUB HLTH 7013 Family and Relationship
PUB HLTH 7024 Counselling of Children and Adolescents
Research Pathway indicative study plan Year1 S1 PUB HLTH 5007 Attachment across the Lifespan PUB HLTH 5005 Counselling Skills 1 PUB HLTH 5008 Counselling and Psychotherapy Theories PUB HLTH 7078 Qualitative Research Methods in Health S2 PUB HLTH 5006 Ethics in the Workplace PUB HLTH 6018 Counselling Skills 2 PUB HLTH 6021 Nature of Grief PUB HLTH 7003 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Year2 S1 PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7300OL Developing a Research Proposal PUB HLTH 7019 Expressive Therapies S2 PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7011 Research Thesis PUB HLTH 7010 Mindfulness-based Counselling Applications PUB HLTH 7013 Family and Relationship Counselling
Case reports, presentations, quizzes and written assignments and may include counselling placements or a research thesis.
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Last updated: Thursday, 3 Jan 2019