Course details

CRICOS course code: 042907J

Level of study: Masters Degrees

Summary

Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of counselling with the Master of Counselling at VU.

You can gain experience in both ‘adult’ and ‘child and adolescent’ counselling, focusing your learning on:

  • counselling and psychological theory
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents and families)
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement.

Accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Master of Counselling covers:

  • insights into a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of counselling
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

Please note: this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Careers in counselling

This course leads to careers in:

  • counselling
  • family support
  • multicultural services
  • community work
  • school counselling
  • welfare services
  • palliative care
  • refugee services
  • youth work.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

  • 132 credit points of Core studies; and
  • 12 credit points of Elective studies; plus

Full-time Option

48 credit points of Research studies

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically review the theoretical knowledge of counselling theory and its application;

2. Exhibit an awareness of psychological theory relevant to their workplace and interests;

3. Appraise and articulate of the range of counselling interventions and psychological therapies offered by helping professions;

4. Develop a proposal using appropriate research methods deploying critical reading within the counselling literature; and

5. Further develop an applied knowledge of professional practice.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
30,400 Per Year
Read more15,200 per semester
20 Feb 2023 2 years
Full time
City Campus
370 Little Lonsdale Street (VU City Tower) & 295 Queen Street (Law hub)
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Australia

Entry criteria

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.

English language requirements

IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

TOEFL Internet: Test score of 79

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58-64 (with no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved.

Address

Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
70 - 104 Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia
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