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Master of Counselling

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

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.

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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 .

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Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 Bachelor degree at an approved institution in a cognate discipline. A non-exhaustive list of cognate fields is: psychology, education,vocational guidance, allied health, social work, welfare, human services or related fields.

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