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Are you considering a career in counselling? 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. Read more
Are you considering a career in counselling? 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.

The course draws on contemporary theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and will develop your appreciation of the mental-health issues that arise across the lifespan.

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

You will complete 300 hours of professional placement, where you have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. The placement includes 200 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, telephone, group and online counselling) and 100 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will also complete 50 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours) and participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.

If you hold relevant qualifications from prior studies and/or relevant work experience, you may be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into this course, which reduces the duration.

Master of Counselling graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child-protection 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.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/counselling-d6003?domestic=true

Course Structure

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.]

PART A. Orientation to Counselling
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of counselling at advanced undergraduate level. They examine the major lifespan theories and counselling approaches and familiarise students with the professional side of counselling including the many different ways in which counselling is offered. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.

PART B. Advanced foundations for counselling
These studies will extend your foundational knowledge for the field of counselling. They focus on counselling practice around mental health and in working with young people.

PART C. Specialist counselling practice
These studies will advance your knowledge and skill development for counselling. They cover major approaches to counselling, provide training in counselling practice and address the ethical and professional issues in undertaking counselling as a profession.

As part of this core study you will complete 300 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 200 hours of client contact.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/education

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education is committed to researching, communicating and applying knowledge about teaching and learning in ways that foster quality in education.

The Faculty of Education develops and provides innovative research and teaching that takes seriously the global-to-local demands of an excellent Australian public university. Our work focuses on advancing the discipline and practice of education through original research, development and partnership activities. We prepare and develop professionals and practitioners for a range of education settings and specialisations. We also engage policy and public debate on matters of importance to education and educators at all levels.

Our mission is to contribute to the public interest through high quality and ethical teaching, research, capacity building and community service. To this end, we create and pursue opportunities that strengthen and sustain a vibrant intellectual community, centred on the purposeful, critical and disciplined study of learning and teaching in a range of contexts.

Our vision is of:

- graduates who are capable, thoughtful, ethical citizens of the world, distinguished by their knowledge, intellectual engagement and professional skill, and by their commitment to lifelong learning, innovation and excellence

- research practice and scholarly output that is recognised internationally and locally for its originality, rigour and impartiality, and for providing advice and services that inform and lead professional practice, public debate, policy and community action

- an intellectual, social, physical and web environment that challenges, enthuses and supports all to learn and excel, and which sustains productive working relations characterised by mutual respect, accountability, contribution and recognition.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/counselling-d6003?domestic=true#making-the-application

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This program is designed to provide graduates with expertise in delivery of individualised assessment and therapy procedures suited to the presenting problems which occur in the Counselling context. Read more

About the program

This program is designed to provide graduates with expertise in delivery of individualised assessment and therapy procedures suited to the presenting problems which occur in the Counselling context. The Master of Counselling degree extends teaching content across the lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, and adulthood) and range of presenting issues which impact adversely on the capacity of individuals to function effectively in their day-to-day lives. This degree incorporates coursework, practical experience gained in class and during practicum placement, and research. The teaching curriculum emphasises development of personal competencies, broad-based knowledge, and applied skills required for registered practicing Counsellors. The Counselling program draws from a range of theoretical models derived from current research and practice. Graduates complete a number of practicum placements under the supervision of appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors where they gain experience in applying best-practice models which meet the standards for appropriate ethical and professional practice. The philosophy which underpins the processes used to train graduates is embedded in core principles which are considered to guide ethical and professional practice in the Counselling context.

- Principle 1: Training in the scientist-practitioner model
The scientist-practitioner model trains graduates in methods for systematic and objective investigation (scientist) as well as techniques for applying evidence-based practices to the presenting issues of clients (practitioner). This model aims to enhance professional practice by guiding graduates to understand the interconnection between their own day-to-day practice and the evidence which arises from scientific enquiry. This model also trains graduates to submit the techniques and procedures they implement in day-to-day practice to continued review and to establish clear processes for measuring client outcomes. Graduates are also assisted to use self-reflection and personal enquiry to become aware of the reasons for their decisions and the consequences of their actions. They are sensitised to the risks of using intuitive thinking or unsubstantiated approaches to working with their clients.

- Principle 2: Respect for the client-counsellor bond at all times
The client-counsellor bond is conceptualised as being central to the counselling process and graduates are trained in methods for building rapport, establishing professional boundaries, and responding to clients in a respectful manner. Graduates are assisted to learn methods for engaging in authentic and collaborative interactions with their clients and to minimise any procedure which might create a power imbalance between themselves and their client. Although graduates are taught a number of theoretical perspectives and practical techniques to drive effective assessment and therapy, it is emphasised that the potential for these to create positive client outcomes depends on a strong client-counsellor bond.

- Principle 3: Emphasis is on idiographic understanding of client presenting issues
Graduates are trained to focus their therapeutic attention on understanding the reasons for their clients’ responses and life experiences as opposed to simply labelling these. The idiographic approach is based on in-depth investigation of individual experiences, understanding of client needs, and acquisition of client skills to facilitate positive change. This approach trains graduates in collaborative data-collection and analysis related to specific aspects of client performance to develop client- rather than label-driven treatments. The idiographic approach offers a strong philosophical foundation for viewing client responses as serving a function and constituting a coping mechanism for those life situations which cause the client challenge.

- Principle 4: Non-manualised therapies designed to enhance client competencies
Counselling is presented to graduates as a learning process and not a situation of containment of "psychic abnormalities". Therapy outcomes are achieved by the client acquiring skills capable of being transferred to real life situations. These skills arise from the counselling process itself and are tailored to address specific aspects of the client’s performance or particular concerning situations. Graduates are trained in client-focused and behaviourally-based frameworks to help individual clients learn how to approach life’s challenges in more satisfying and effective ways.

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-counselling

Professional outcomes

The Counselling programs at Bond University are designed to train students for work as general or specialist counsellors. Graduates of this program are also suitable for careers as mental health professionals. This program also assists teachers who are interested in developing expertise in the area of counselling.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply/information-international-students/english-language-requirements .

Find out how to apply here https://bond.edu.au/future-students/study-bond/how-apply

See the website https://bond.edu.au/program/master-counselling

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