Counselling - D6003

Counselling

Professional entry master degree

If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you.

The Master of Counselling at Monash provides a professional qualification and offers a combination of theory and professional experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to begin a rewarding career as a counsellor.

The course is suited to people from a variety of professions, such as human resources, health, social welfare and education. It is taught by leading academics with extensive experience working as counsellors and psychologists.

You'll examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You'll be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors, and explore creative approaches to counselling, including play and art therapy. You'll also gain in-depth knowledge across a range of contemporary cognitive-behaviour therapies.

You will complete 250 hours of professional placement, and apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. This includes 140 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, couple, family and group counselling) and 110 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will complete 35 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours).

The Counselling Placement Team source many placements and communicate these opportunities to students. Please note most placement providers will require you to submit an application and/or attend an interview to secure the placement. Students located interstate, overseas or rurally will be required to source your own placements, under the guidance of the Counselling Placement Team.

Graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, health policy, family counselling, health-services management and rehabilitation counselling.

This course is accredited in Australia by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Please note: membership of PACFA requires a first degree in a relevant discipline.

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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Hong Kong: Part time
  • Multi-modal at Singapore: Part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration 1, 1.5, or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date First Semester (February), Second Semester (July) For students enrolled via off-campus mode, EDF5530 Counselling skills for individuals, couples and groups requires compulsory attendance at a 3-day (20-hour) residential school on the Clayton campus.
Qualification Master of Counselling
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

Entry level 1: 96 points to complete
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any field with at least a credit (60%) average.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any field with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years relevant professional experience.

Or

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a related field with at least a credit (60%) average.

Or

A bachelor (honours) degree and/or graduate certificate and/or graduate diploma (or equivalent) in any field with at least a credit (60%) average.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete
Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a related field with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years relevant professional experience.

Or

A bachelor (honours) degree and/or graduate certificate and/or graduate diploma (or equivalent) in any field with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years relevant professional experience.

Or

A bachelor (honours) degree and/or graduate certificate and/or graduate diploma (or equivalent) in a related field with at least a credit (60%) average.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code D6003

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code D6003

Closing date

Applications must close for Semester One 2019 as follows:
Off-campus - 1 December 2018
On-campus - 4 January 2019

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$26,600

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Orientation to Counselling, Part B. Advanced foundations for counselling and Part C. Specialist counselling practice. All students complete Part C. Depending upon your prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part A and Part B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]