Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00244B (QLD); 02225M (NSW)

The Master of Counselling will give you the knowledge and expertise to upskill to an advanced level in a number of specialist counselling areas, as well as research principles and methods. This degree is suitable for qualified professionals in counselling, psychology, mental health nursing, or social work who want to extend their professional development without being required to repeat foundational counselling training. This degree is also an entry qualification into the counselling profession. Graduates from a non-counselling background could choose the Foundations of Practice specialisation to gain valuable practical skills and study elective subjects from various specialisations. All specialisations within the Master of Counselling, with the exclusion of Advanced Practice, is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

Structure

16 units: 13 compulsory courses relative to a specialisation, including 2 research projects.

Subjects

  • Advanced Practice
  • Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • Child, Youth and Family Therapy
  • Foundations of Practice
  • Mental Health Counselling

Standard entry requirements

  • For Master of Counselling (4 qualifying specialisations) - Completion of an Australian university three-year Bachelor degree in any area (or equivalent)
  • Completion of the USQ's Graduate Diploma of Counselling with a GPA of 5.0 or above
  • Provide two satisfactory Referee Reports and a report to address the Selection Criteria indicating the applicant's abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program
  • Participate in an interview with a panel of School staff. For Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice specialisation) - Current evidence of full membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Australian Psychological Society or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

Recognition

The Master of Counselling is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). The Master of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) is designed to meet the PACFA Mental Health Practitioner Mental Health Competencies. This qualification may assist Clinical Members of PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) who are applying for registration as Mental Health Practitioners.

Study pathways

A student successfully completing Master of Counselling may apply to the Doctor of Philosophy. Students may exit after four courses with a Graduate Certificate of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling. Students may exit after eight courses with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online Yes
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Further information

Practical and/or clinical experience will be undertaken as part of the program. Students will negotiate supervised industry placement where they will have to demonstrate competency in those components of the course(s) which require application in a counselling situation. Students must have a Blue Card issued by the Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian in Queensland or its respective interstate equivalent, or be a registered health professional who qualifies for a professional exemption, to enrol in COU8001. These courses must be satisfactorily completed in order to graduate.

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