Master of Counselling (M7I)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Please note this course is not available for enrolment in 2018.

Special Note: This Masters course has been approved by DEEWR for student income support payments (i.e. Youth Allowance and Austudy).

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students commencing in 2013. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.

The Master of Counselling provides opportunities for graduates with a background in psychology or another area of human services to undertake advanced level training in counselling. The course is offered on a full-time or part-time study basis on the Hobart campus.

The Master of Counselling is a skill based course which aims to provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills in counselling, assessment and research and preparation for employment in a range of counselling roles. The course focuses on developing an advanced understanding of theoretical basis of counselling and the ethical, legal and professional issues in relation to the practice of counselling, and the acquisition of advanced level counselling skills. Students will develop an ability to demonstrate a range of skills in relation to assessment, intervention, evaluation, consultation and referral; and an understanding of approaches to research in counselling and the ability to successfully undertake independent projects within the community in the area of counselling.

Career outcomes

Counselling graduates work in a wide range of settings including relationship counselling organisations, secondary and postsecondary education, community welfare centres, drug and alcohol agencies, church agencies, and private practice. Other graduates utilise their knowledge and skills in counselling in their existing employment.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Counselling meets the requirements for eligibility for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Register. Admission to the Register based on recognition of prior learning, practice and supervision is also possible. For further information, go to the PACFA website (www.pacfa.org.au/). Psychology graduates should note that the Master of Counselling is not an accredited postgraduate program in psychology and a graduate will not be eligible for registration as a psychologist.

Course structure

Year 1

This unit examines styles of counselling with integration of theories of counselling with its practice. This unit teaches both basic skills in counselling and more advanced skills necessary in more complex counselling situations. Multicultural counselling will also be addressed.On successful…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit covers the skills needed for the various components of the counselling process and builds on the skills acquired in Counselling Skills 1, including further exploration of the 3 Steps Egan model. Students are required to demonstrate they have…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit participants develop and clarify their awareness and thinking around dilemmas in professional ethics and practice. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal standards of practice and on the acquisition and application of decision-making processes. Ethical…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit explores current thinking and strategies around dealing with issues of adjustment to change. That change includes changes involving loss, grief and trauma. Death and bereavement will be addressed including dealing with grief as a natural process and with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Introduces students to a wide variety of counselling theories. Requires comprehensive analysis of various counselling theories including: Cognitive, Behavioural, Person-centred, Behavioural, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Solution-focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit focuses on the issues and challenges, both in theory and practice, of working with clients in the context of their intimate personal relationships. Students will have the opportunity to develop their thinking and skills in working systemically with…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Plus two elective units

Year 2

The unit considers methods of evaluation employed in counselling and rehabilitation practice and covers topics such as qualitative and quantitative research methods for research and and programme evaluation. Consideration is also given to questionnaire design and the development of…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

A research project is undertaken and a research report of up to 5,000 words is completed.Student may select their own topic in discussion with the unit coordinator.…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will explore in detail the principles of case management and the process of counselling. Students will develop practical case management skills and will practise the entire counselling process through intensive in class role plays. Role plays…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides students with a supervised field placement experience in individual, group counselling and consultation settings appropriate to the career need of the student. Supervised experience in an applied setting assists in further defining the role of the professional…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Students develop a research project, either a case study, comprehensive and purposeful literature review, or an investigation of an aspect of the counselling or rehabilitation process, and prepare a research proposal supported by a literature review. Students present their proposal…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Plus two elective units

Elective Units

The unit covers the causes and consequences of reduction of functioning following injury and illness. Emphasis is placed on practical skills related to the rehabilitation and health counselling process. Issues associated with intellectual disability are also considered with emphasis on…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit will present an overview of cognitive behaviour change procedures in terms of their theoretical bases and practical considerations. Cognitive skill procedures will be reviewed in relation to stress management, impulsive behaviours, substance use, violence, health and life style…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will explore issues related to counselling for children and adolescents. Consideration is given to developmental issues, attachment, disorders of childhood and adolescence, chronic illness and disability. Strategies for intervention will also be addressed including engaging children…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit focuses on the use of assessment techniques in the counselling and rehabilitation counselling setting. Students will learn the principles of assessment and gain knowledge in test selection and test use. Skill development forms the major focus of this…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit students will develop the evidence-based assessment and planning skills they require in their work with alcohol and other drug dependant clients in a public health framework. This includes clinical assessment of alcohol and drug issues and identification…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit students will further develop their knowledge and skills in the delivery of alcohol and other drug interventions. This unit will focus on current contemporary treatment approaches including psychosocial interventions and pharmacological treatments. This includes the range of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health unit will address the context within which mental illness occurs in the perinatal period. Students will develop an understanding of perinatal anxiety, depression and serious mental illness and the negative impact these disorders may…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will enable you to be better prepared to care for people in the last year of their lives. You will develop skills in recognising; responding, renegotiating and reinforcing appropriate care and assessing the 'domains of distress' experienced by…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Requirements for entry to the course are completion of a degree with a major in psychology or behavioural science, or a degree in an affiliated area or other equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have completed all units required for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling (See also Graduate Diploma in Counselling for more details).  Candidates will be interviewed and may be required to submit a professional statement including professional references, statement of intent, work history and police records check. Applicants must also provide a one page summary of an empirical article (article and summary guidelines are provided to applicants prior to interview).

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Requirements for entry to the course are completion of a degree with a major in psychology or behavioural science, or a degree in an affiliated area or other equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have completed all units required for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling (See also Graduate Diploma in Counselling for more details)Candidates will be interviewed and may be required to submit a professional statement including professional references, statement of intent, work history and police records check. Applicants must also provide a one page summary of an empirical article (article and summary guidelines are provided to applicants prior to interview).

Students who have completed a relevant undergraduate degree and the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Counselling may be eligible to progress to the Master of Counselling.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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