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Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Course code L67

Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy includes theoretical study, experiential-based skill development and self-reflective clinical practice in the fields of counselling and psychotherapy.

The overall theoretical orientation of this coursework Masters is psychoanalytic and to a lesser extent systemic. To be accepted into this course, you’ll need a three-year degree from a recognised university, in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in a formal counselling role. In the final year of your study, you can hone your clinical skills in a year-long fieldwork placement. Alternatively, if you have relevant previous experience, you can apply to complete a research project.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L67

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $14,500

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 31-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

L67

CRICOS code

083642A

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,000

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Location

This course requires attendance at more than one campus or location. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 31-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

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

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have a three year degree from a recognised university, and attend an interview. Applicants will be asked to provide a written application and attend an interview if they are short-listed. Preference will be given to applicants with at least two years full-time (or equivalent) experience in a formal counselling role. It is desirable that all applicants have a three-year degree from a recognised university, in an area such as social work, psychology, medicine, occupational therapy, nursing, theology or human services.

    Note For more information, including guidelines for specific disciplines, please see our Interviews, folios and auditions web page.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0);
    • Bachelor degree from a country specified on the English Proficiency Bands page;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience; or
    • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6113Principles of Psychodynamic Practice15
COU6121Psychodynamic Theories of Counselling15
COU5303Couples and Family Therapy15
COU6305Individual Psychotherapy Practice 115
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU6114Object Relations and Attachment Theory15
COU5210Personal Issues in Counselling15
COU6324Individual Psychotherapy Practice 215
COU6403Psychodynamic Theories of Couples and Family Therapy15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Option 1: Field Placement Mode
COU6428Couples and Family Therapy Practice 115
COU6429Couples and Family Therapy Practice 215
COU6430Group Supervision 115
COU6424Field Placement 115
Option 2: Research Project Mode
COU6428Couples and Family Therapy Practice 115
COU6429Couples and Family Therapy Practice 215
COU6433Counselling Research: Project Preparation20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Option 1: Field Placement Mode
COU6323Group Psychotherapy15
COU6412Psychotherapy Research15
COU6425Field Placement 215
COU6432Group Supervision 215
Option 2: Research Project Mode
COU6323Group Psychotherapy15
COU6412Psychotherapy Research15
COU6228Counselling Research Project20
COU6230Counselling Research Project Report20

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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

  • Students are required to attend classes on both campuses to complete the course.

  • Students are required to complete a year-long fieldwork placement in their final year of study.

    Attendance requirements

    There are mandatory participation and attendance requirements in all units.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

The panel recommends that the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Clinical Strand) be professionally accredited for a period of 7 years. This does not include the research focused Masters strand. Students wishing to pursue a PACFA professionally accredited course must complete the field placement and group supervision subjects in the Clinical strand.

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $14,500 *

* 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 actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $33,000 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit 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 actual 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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