Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
22 February 2021
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 11 November 2020 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.

Overview

Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of counselling with the Master of Counselling at VU.

You'll gain experience in adult, child and adolescent counselling, focusing your learning on:

  • counselling and psychological theory
  • counselling interventions and psychological therapies (for adults, children, adolescents and families)
  • practical skills through industry-based learning and placement.

Accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Master of Counselling covers:

  • insights into a range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, grief, loss and addictions
  • an understanding of the ethics of counselling
  • the completion of a practice-based minor thesis.

Please note: this is not a psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in four-week mode, which means you study one unit (subject) at a time over four weeks, rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

The Master of Counselling involves placements in professional settings. One of VU’s greatest strengths as a university is our links with industry and we have over 4,000 industry connections university-wide.

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Careers in counselling

This course leads to careers in:

  • counselling
  • family support
  • multicultural services
  • community work
  • school counselling
  • welfare services
  • palliative care
  • refugee services
  • youth work.

Salaries

Employment for counsellors in Australia rose strongly over the last five years and is expected to grow very strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook).

The average annual earnings of a counsellor is $59,956 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Master of Counselling students will be required to complete 192 credit points in total consisting of the following:

  • 192 credit points of Core studies.

Year 1

Year 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically review counselling theories and contemporary professional literature to apply evidence-based practice to counselling interventions;  
  2. Investigate cultural and systemic elements relevant to counselling practice including inter-professional relations;  
  3. Appraise psychological theories and therapeutic approaches offered by helping professionals in relationship to the role of the counsellor;  
  4. Formulate evidence-based intervention plans for a range of counselling presentations addressing psychosocial issues;  
  5. Conduct a professional project through the application of evaluation and research principles applicable to the field of counselling;  
  6. Critically evaluate core ethical and professional conduct issues that are likely to be encountered by practising counsellors; and  
  7. Demonstrate appropriate and responsive counselling practice in a professional workplace setting.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type for this course: Full-fee

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.
AND
Suitability for the profession of counselling as determined at an interview.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Additional information

Applicants must be able to provide academic and professional references and are required to attend a selection interview.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications are due on 11 November 2020 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.

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