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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Counselling)

Course code K82

Provides students with basic counselling skills to complement their knowledge of psychology.

The course prepares students for working in a counselling role, or for further postgraduate studies in psychology and counselling.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

K82

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $6,600

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K82

CRICOS code

067338J

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $32,300

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1101Introduction to Psychology15
PSY1111Psychology: History and Perspectives15
COU1101Dynamic Models of Counselling15
COU1201Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY1102Research Methods in Psychology 115
PSY1204Social Determinants of Behaviour15
COU1102Self Development 115
COU1212Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2301Learning and Motivation15
PSY2202Research Methods in Psychology 215
COU3101Humanistic Models of Counselling15
COU2102Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY2231Developmental Psychology15
PSY2305Individual Differences15
COU3106Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling15
COU2101Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3303Research Applications and Ethical Issues15
PSY3343Abnormal Psychology15
COU3102Self Development 215
COU3201Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY3350Biological Psychology, Sensation and Perception15
PSY3304Cognition15
COU3105Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice15
COU3202Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply and evaluate sustainability principles in problem solving relating to the psychology of human behaviour.
  2. Communicate ethically both inter-personally and in group contexts to a range of diverse audiences through a variety of formats including expression in research reports and proposals, online and through portfolio, interviewing, written, oral and listening skills.
  3. Communicate knowledge and ideas demonstrating interpersonal skills and essential counselling skills relevant to an entry level professional helping role.
  4. Critically evaluate the rigour of theoretical and methodological approaches when deciding on, initiating, planning, designing and conducting research that address psychological research problems in professional contexts.
  5. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the history and philosophy of psychology as a scientific pursuit of topics and theories for understanding personal, social, cultural including indigenous, organisational, and global human behaviours.
  6. Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning to sustain personal and professional development in the changing world of psychology.
  7. Demonstrate a capacity to self-reflect and assume responsibility for self-awareness in preparation for working professionally in the field of counselling.
  8. Demonstrate an awareness of counselling practice that is astute to human diversity in all its forms including issues of power differences.
  9. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the foundations of Counselling.
  10. Demonstrate clear understanding of the importance of a developmental focus and its application to understanding individuals, couples, families and groups at a local and global level.
  11. Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision-making appropriate to engaging professionally with others in a supportive counselling role.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and principles and their application to engaging with, maintaining and terminating a professional relationship within an entry level counselling context.
  13. Develop counselling transliteracy including an appreciation of the distinctness of the consulting room context.
  14. Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems as applied to understanding the dynamics and process of individual counselling and psychotherapy.
  15. Generate, apply and evaluate basic research methods to address psychological problems, including research design, data analysis and interpretation, including the appropriate use of technologies.
  16. Integrate entry level counselling knowledge and skills into diverse contexts.
  17. Integrate theoretical and technical knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology to delineate psychology as a scientific discipline and describe its major objectives.
  18. Recognise how prejudicial attitudes that exist in the reasoning of oneself and others can lead to discrimination and inequity.
  19. Reflect on the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline.
  20. Review, analyse and synthesise psychological knowledge by engaging in both critical thinking and sceptical inquiry to solve problems related to human behaviour at a personal, social, cultural, organisational, and global level.
  21. Review, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate foundation psychodynamic, humanistic and systemic counselling theoretical frameworks.
  22. Use creativity, innovation and the ability to generate ideas to work constructively in a supportive professional role.
  23. Work collaboratively in groups producing quality counselling knowledge.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $6,600 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $32,300 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Counsellor, Therapist, Community Service Worker

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