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Bachelor of Counselling

Course code C56

This course provides students with theoretical foundations, beginning therapeutic skills and first self-reflective clinical practice proficiency in counselling.

It gives students the opportunity to learn interpersonal competencies, including communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self reflection, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

The course is preparatory for those wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in counselling and psychotherapy.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

C56

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $7,150

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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

C56

CRICOS code

083640C

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,800

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

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 12 Core units. In addition to the core units, students should complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Design, Psychology, Arts, Contemporary Arts and Media & Communications; or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1101Dynamic Models of Counselling15
COU1201Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1102Self Development 115
COU1212Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2102Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents15
COU3101Humanistic Models of Counselling15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2101Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults15
COU3106Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3102Self Development 215
COU3201Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3105Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice15
COU3202Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15

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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

Majors you can study in this course

One or more of the majors in this course is externally recognised when studied within this course. Refer to the major for more information.

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate knowledge and ideas demonstrating interpersonal skills and essential counselling skills relevant to an entry level professional helping role.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of counselling practice that is astute to human diversity in all its forms including issues of power differences.
  3. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the foundations of Counselling.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving, and decision-making appropriate to engaging professionally with others in a supportive counselling role.
  6. 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.
  7. Develop counselling transliteracy including an appreciation of the distinctness of the consulting room context.
  8. Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems as applied to understanding the dynamics and process of individual counselling and psychotherapy. (3)
  9. Integrate entry level counselling knowledge and skills into diverse contexts.
  10. Review, analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate foundation psychodynamic, humanistic and systemic counselling theoretical frameworks.
  11. Use creativity, innovation and the ability to generate ideas to work constructively in a supportive professional role.
  12. Work collaboratively in groups producing quality counselling knowledge.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $7,150 *

* 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 $30,800 *

* 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

This course prepares students for a range of entry-level human services positions which utilise counselling.

Possible future job titles

Entry-Level Counsellor, Client Liaison, Community Worker, Family Welfare Officer, Human Service Worker, Mental Health Worker, Pastoral Roles

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