Counselling - D6003

Counselling

Professional entry master degree

Are you considering a career in counselling? If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you.

The Master of Counselling at Monash provides a professional qualification and offers a combination of theory and professional experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to begin a rewarding career as a counsellor.

The course is suited to people from a variety of professions, such as human resources, health, social welfare and education. It is taught by leading academics with extensive experience working as counsellors and psychologists.

The course draws on contemporary theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy and will develop your appreciation of the mental-health issues that arise across the lifespan.

You will examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You will also be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors. Creative approaches to counselling will be examined, including play therapy and art therapy. In addition, you will gain in-depth knowledge across a range of contemporary cognitive-behaviour therapies.

You will complete 300 hours of professional placement, where you have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. The placement includes 200 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, telephone, group and online counselling) and 100 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will also complete 50 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours) and participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.

If you hold relevant qualifications from prior studies and/or relevant work experience, you may be eligible to receive up to one year of credit into this course, which reduces the duration.

Master of Counselling graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child-protection services, health policy, family counselling, health-services management and rehabilitation counselling.

This course is accredited in Australia by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
Please note: membership of PACFA requires a first degree in a relevant discipline.
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At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • Multi-modal at Hong Kong: Part time
  • Multi-modal at Singapore: Part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration 1, 1.5, or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date First Semester (February), Second Semester (July) For students enrolled via off-campus mode, EDF5530 Counselling skills for individuals, couples and groups requires compulsory attendance at a 3-day (20-hour) residential school on the Clayton campus.
Qualification Master of Counselling
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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Entry level 1:

Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average.

Entry level 2:

Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time equivalent relevant professional experience.

Or

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Education or a cognate discipline including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit (60%) average.

Or

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and/or an Australian graduate certificate and/or an Australian graduate diploma with at least a credit (60%) average. 

Or

An Australian masters degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average. 

Entry level 3

Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Education or a cognate discipline including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time relevant professional experience.

Or

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and/or an Australian graduate certificate and/or an Australian graduate diploma with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time relevant professional experience.

Or

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) and/or an Australian graduate certificate and/or an Australian graduate diploma in Education or a cognate discipline including social work, psychology or counselling  with at least a credit (60%) average

Or

An Australian masters degree (or equivalent) with at least a credit (60%) average and a minimum of two years of full time relevant professional experience.

Or

An Australian masters degree (or equivalent) in Education or a cognate discipline including social work, psychology or counselling with at least a credit (60%) average.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: D6003

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$24,400

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.

Scholarships

We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Orientation to Counselling, Part B. Advanced foundations for counselling and Part C. Specialist counselling practice. All students complete Part C. Depending upon your prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A or Part A and Part B.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]