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Master of Counselling

Course Description

The Master of Counselling consists of 240 points of study, taken as a combination of practical and theory courses.
The Master of Counselling is designed to give students the opportunity to extend their theoretical grounding and professional skills to work as counsellors in a variety of settings. Students are trained to identify systematic, effective ways to help clients find simple, acceptable solutions to their current concerns and problems.
This programme is the only postgraduate counselling degree in TeWaipounamu.

Qualification specific requirements
Entry to the Counselling programme is limited – applications close 1 October
Candidates wishing to enrol in the Master of Counselling must have qualified for one of the following:

*A degree in New Zealand with either acquired experience in counselling, teaching, nursing, social work or an equivalent profession, or been deemed suitable for training as a counsellor
*Been admitted ad eundem statum to enrol for the Master of Counselling
*Been approved as a candidate by the Dean of Education

Selection will be based on academic attainment and other criteria, which will include an interview for admission to the professional counselling practice course (COUN675 Professional Counselling Practice I).
The relevance and standard of previous studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level courses. Students must also be vetted by police.

Qualification structure and duration
Note: some courses are available to Health and Education students.
The degree consists of two parts:

Part 1:
HLTH481 Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills (30 points)
COUN675 Professional Counselling Practice I (30 points, Limited entry)
COUN678 Theories of Group and Family Counselling (15 points)
COUN679 Solution Focused Theory and Skills (15 points)
EDEM697 Qualitative Research in Education or EDEM698 Emergent Research Methodologies (15 points)
Optional course, or another course approved by the Programme Coordinator (15 points)

Part 2:
COUN676 Professional Counselling Practice (30 points, Limited entry)
COUN698 Professional Counselling Research Portfolio or COUN697 Thesis (90 points)

Optional courses
COUN677 Contemporary Approaches to Counselling

Note: To proceed to Part 2, students must normally have achieved a B grade or better in Part 1.

The minimum period of enrolment for a full-time candidate is two consecutive years; the maximum period is four years from the year of first enrolment.
The minimum period of enrolment for a part-time candidate is four consecutive years; the maximum period is six years from the year of first enrolment.

Entry Requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

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