Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Cairnmillar Institute, The

The aim of the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is to provide high level training in the counselling and psychotherapeutic skills required to work effectively with clients presenting with a variety of presenting issues across the life span such as depression, trauma, anxiety and relationship issues. The course provides students with supervised experience and training to meet professional training standards, together with advanced theoretical knowledge of contemporary psychotherapies, including the brief integrated therapies, contextual modular therapy, the cognitive behavioural therapies, and solution focused approaches. The course includes an understanding of the professional ethical, legal, and professional issues associated with counselling and psychotherapeutic practice. The course involves a major research project, and professional writing skills, including case reports. The nested suite of study consists of supervised professional placement, with up to 200 direct client contact hours, up to 100 non client contact hours, and 50 hours of individual and group supervision throughout the duration of the placement.

Course Fee:

Australian: $43,800
International: $51,800

Entry Requirements:

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in teaching, social work, social sciences, psychology or counselling with at least credit (60%) average and relevant professional experience, and successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy with at least (70%) average. A student may be granted recognition of prior learning (RPL) in relation to previous experience. Credit or partial credit cannot be granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.


2 year program comprised of the nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy in the first year of study, followed by a Masters year with 5 course work units, 1 counselling placement unit and 2 units of a major thesis.

Subjects you can Study:

Counselling; Psychotherapy


Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Who for:

Those who wish to practice as counsellors or psychotherapists

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 03530E

Related Careers:

Counsellor, Psychologist,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Hawthorn No info No Full time 2 years
Hawthorn No info No Part time 4 years
The Cairnmillar Institute, School of Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy was first accredited as a private Higher Education Provider with university equivalence in 2005. The psychology programs have been accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Counselling and Psychotherapy programs have been accredited by The Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA). Cairnmillar currently has over 45 staff, 170 post graduate students studying the health sciences, operates at 4 sites, has 3 student psychology clinics, and a footprint that covers regional and country Victoria. They have partnerships with over 40 allied health services, schools, and community-based organisations.

Provider CRICOS: 03530E

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