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2012 Master of Rehabilitation Counselling(S7V)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum 2 yrs, Maximum 5 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or the School of Psychology (03) 6226 2237


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

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

Admission & Prerequisites

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 Rehabilitation Counselling (See also Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation 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).

Course Objectives

The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling is a skill based course which aims to provide students with the advanced level knowledge and skills required for employment in a broad range of rehabilitation counselling roles. These include vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation following head injury or as a consequence of physical illness or injury, counselling roles associated with death and dying, rehabilitation following criminal incarceration, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The course focuses on the theoretical basis of rehabilitation and the acquisition of advanced level counselling skills, both in general and specific to particular work areas. The practice of rehabilitation is covered in relation to specific work areas, examining particular issues that may arise and community resources available both for clients and their families. 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 rehabilitation counselling and the ability to successfully undertake independent projects within the community in the area of rehabilitation counselling.

Career Outcomes

Rehabilitation Counselling graduates are employed in areas such as vocational, medical and psychiatric rehabilitation, human service areas, including child and family services, and within the criminal justice system.

Articulation to/from Course

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

Professional Recognition

The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling is accredited by the Australian Association of Rehabilitation Counsellors (ASORC).

Psychology graduates should note that the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling is not an accredited postgraduate program in psychology and a graduate will not be eligible for registration as a psychologist.

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