Master of Counselling

Why study the Master of Counselling at UNE?

The Master of Counselling is an Australian Counselling Association (ACA) approved course that provides professional training in counselling to prepare graduates to work in a range of professional contexts. Emphasis is given to producing counsellors who are self-reflexive and committed to lifelong learning. This award incorporates the Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care and the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice. Students are expected to be working in the field during their candidature.

Career Opportunities

Enhanced employment opportunities enabling people to work in welfare, health, education (independent schools) and private practice settings.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 or 1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 5 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2014 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation MCouns
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 0.5 or 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 5 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools are a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) (i) hold the Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care from the University of New England; or

(ii) hold an undergraduate degree and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from another university or Higher Education Provider, and

(b) have one year, or its equivalent, of relevant counselling or counselling-related professional practice within the last five years; and

(c) provide with their application: a curriculum vitae of not more than five pages highlighting counselling related information and supporting documentation as required by the school.

Additional Requirements

All candidates in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice; the Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care; or Master of Counselling enrolling in HSMH421 or HSMH422 or HSMH423 or HSMH424 for the first time are required to attend a Mandatory Introductory Intensive School to be held in Armidale. Students are required to attend this weekend only once when they first enrol in these awards. Students enrolled in other awards are welcome to attend but it is non-mandatory in this instance.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

Students will be encouraged to apply the skills they learn in their work environments. They will be taught the following counselling related skills: advanced counselling microskills; creating a therapeutic relationship; clinical assessment skills using the DSM-IV as a diagnostic framework; how to conduct a mental health status examination and make appropriate referrals; report writing skills; brief intervention skills such as how to work from a cognitive-behavioural perspective; other theoretical approaches to counselling; how to integrate theory and practice; how to be critical and self-reflexive; how to work in a culturally competent manner; how to present a case study and case conceptualisation; how to give constructive feedback; skills relevant to peer supervision; and how to plan interventions and design treatment plans.

Advanced Standing

For candidates admitted under rule (a)(ii) (i.e. those applicants with an undergraduate degree and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from another university or Higher Education Provider), the maximum advanced standing that may be granted is 36 credit points, for units that have been successfully completed towards a postgraduate qualification. Each application is assessed individually and advanced standing is only available for postgraduate study that has a strong correspondence with the units prescribed for this degree. Applicants must provide extensive documentation to support their application for advanced standing in a unit as per the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

Further Information

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Counselling in 2014.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) (i) hold the Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care from the University of New England; or
(ii) hold an undergraduate degree and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling from another university or Higher Education Provider; and
(b) have one year, or its equivalent, of relevant counselling or counselling- related professional practice within the last five years; and
(c) provide with their application: a curriculum vitae of not more than five pages highlighting counselling related information and supporting documentation as required by the School.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) (i) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (a) (ii) the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 1.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to five years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award, and except with the permission of the School, a candidate must pass units to the value of 72 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)(i)
Course Structure Credit Points
Specified Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 12 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (a)(ii)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 60 cps
Listed Units 12 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Counselling.

Exit Pathways

Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice on completion of HSMH421, HSMH422, HSMH423 and HSMH424.
Candidates who discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care on completion of HSMH421, HSMH422, HSMH423, HSMH424, HSCS452, HSCS521 and HSCS535.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Graduate Certifcate in Mental Health Practice or Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Counselling.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct Rules.

Course Aims

This course aims to equip students with more advanced counselling skills and an opportunity to specialise through choosing particular electives.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the field of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health practice in theory and practice, including a working knowledge of the main therapeutic approaches to case conceptualisation;
  2. understand and apply principles of ethical practice and demonstrate respect for diversity and the differing needs of people from different cultural backgrounds and at different developmental stages;
  3. conduct counselling and assessment sessions in a competent and professional manner in order to best meet the needs of the client/consumer;
  4. understand the importance of critically reflecting on their practice, and engaging in ongoing supervision and professional development; and
  5. develop basic research, academic writing and referencing skills, and demonstrate a practical grasp of current information technology.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Knowledge of the discipline of counselling will be taught through guided commentaries and specific questions based on them, set readings and podcasts. It will be assessed and practised through various types of assessments. Students will start to develop their own integrative approach to counselling practice.

Communication Skills

The basis of counselling is having good communication skills. Students will be taught to listen well and to communicate clearly with their clients. In written work students will communicate, using well-organised and logical arguments, the ideas they have developed in studying the various units within the program. The assessment process will focus on the communication skills of the student and how well they articulate knowledge in the area of counselling theory and practice. Students will also participate in online discussions and so practise communicating their ideas with other students.

Global Perspectives

The course materials expose students to various international issues and are designed to improve students' awareness of their status as global citizens. Students learn a multicultural approach to the study of counselling and psychotherapy.

Information Literacy

Students will be assessed on their skills in obtaining appropriate information for the written assignments, using books, journals and online sources.

Life-Long Learning

Students will be encouraged to see their development as counsellors as part of a lifelong learning process. They will be encouraged to reflect on their clinical practice, have ongoing supervision and continually improve their skills.

Problem Solving

Students apply their skills of information literacy to develop a written argument about a particular issue. Assessment tasks are designed to elicit the student's own responses to a particular problem, in order to help students to develop critical thinking.

Social Responsibility

Students are taught to consider their social responsibility. The practice of counselling is steeped in the values of social justice and students will be assessed in terms of their ability to help others whatever their circumstances.

Team Work

Teamwork is practised at intensive schools and via the online environment. Students are taught this through unit materials and assessment tasks and through the online group activity, in considering practice and ethical issues and dilemmas.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply direct to UNE. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here

International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through International Marketing and Pathways. This course is only available off-campus (distance education).

For more information, click here