Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

Course Code

MCP

Qualification

Masters Degree

Mode

Mixed-mode, intensives and online study

Credit Points

55

Duration

2 Years

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

AQF Level 9

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice) course is designed to develop specialised, advanced knowledge and skills in holistic counselling and psychotherapy and process oriented methodologies and skills.

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice) is a postgraduate course consisting of sixteen units of 55 credit points in total. Most students will complete the course full-time in mixed mode over two years.

Total course hours are 1,989, comprising 228 timetabled hours over four semesters of 16 weeks, and 1,546 personal/untimetabled study hours. The course includes two placements of 200 hours in total, made up of 40 client practice hours, practice administration and placement activities, linked to 10 hours of supervision. Students must also complete 15 hours of personal therapy as a course requirement.

The Masters course is designed to develop specialised, advanced knowledge and skills in holistic counselling and psychotherapy and process oriented methodologies. The aim of holistic counselling and psychotherapy is to promote critical questioning and reflection on the human condition and spirituality, and their relationship to wellbeing. The course will facilitate the formation of graduates as counsellors and psychotherapists. Graduates will display an advanced level of awareness of self and others, integrity, ethics, rigour and conscious development. Graduates will have knowledge of research, ethics and methodologies and skills for conducting literature based and autobiographical research projects from proposal stage to oral and written presentation of findings.

Assessment

Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical integration and skilled application of holistic psychotherapeutic interventions. Therefore, the course has been designed with assessments that test each unit’s learning outcomes.

Unit outlines provided to students include mapping of assessments against the unit’s learning outcomes and an outline of the graduate attributes developed in the unit.

Marking rubrics are used to ensure consistency in marking and grading, and the provision of clear and helpful feedback to students on how to improve their performance in future assessment tasks.

Student Progression Requirements

Students are expected to maintain good study habits, meet attendance requirements, log in regularly to Sophia learning management system, and submit all assignments by the due date. Students at risk of academic failure will be invited to meet with the Academic Director Higher Education if they are:

  • Not meeting attendance requirements,
  • Fail to submit assessments, and/or
  • Have Fail grades for their enrolled units.

The meeting gives students a chance to discuss extenuating circumstances and agree on an academic support plan. Students may bring a support person to the meeting.

Core Units

Course Sequence, Units and Credit Points (55 cp in total)

Year One

Year Two

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Key Dates & Census Dates

Semester Dates

2022

Semester 1

Semester 1 Start date: Monday 14 February 2022

Intensive 1 Start date: Monday 14 February 2022

Intensive 1 End date: Sunday 20 February 2022

Semester 1 End date: TBC

Semester 2

Semester 2 Start date: Monday 4 July 2022

Intensive 1 Start date: Monday 4 July 2022

Intensive 2 End date: Sunday 10 July 2022

Intensive 2 Start date: Friday 28 October 2022

Intensive 2 End date: Sunday 30 October 2022

Semester 2 End date: TBC

2023

Semester 3

One intensive, date TBC.

Semester 4

Two intensives, dates TBC.

Census Dates

Semester 1: Wednesday 16th February 2022

 
 
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Timetable

Semester 1 2022

Workshop Intensive 1 (on-campus): Monday 14 February - Sunday 20 February 2022

  • Days 1 - 6: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Day 7: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Online discussions are also scheduled throughout the semester for each unit.

Course Tuition Fees

The Masters Program (MCP) is $41,250 in total from 55 Credit Points:

  • 2 credit point unit: $1,500 (two in course)
  • 3 credit point unit: $2,250 (10 in course)
  • 4.5 credit point unit: $3,375 (two in course)
  • 6 credit point unit: $4,500 (two in course)

Course payment plans are available, enabling students to pay fees in monthly or bi-monthly instalments.

Fee refunds

Students may withdraw from their enrolled units prior to the Census Date, which is Day 3 of each semester, and receive full unit tuition fee refunds. The enrolment fee is not refundable.

Students who withdraw from their enrolled units after the Census Date will not usually receive a tuition fee refund. However, students who require special consideration may apply for a refund on the Fee Refund Application Form.

Other Costs

  • Application fee: $175
  • National Police Check: $41.50 on the Clear to Work website
  • Textbooks: Students are expected to purchase the required textbooks for each unit
  • Personal therapy: 15 sessions with a PACFA registered counsellor or psychotherapist
  • Travel and accommodation for six workshop intensives

Bridging Course - $1000

Applicants who have not completed counselling skills training in their previous qualification will be required to attend a bridging course provided by Metavision Institute.

More details can be found here: Foundational Counselling Skills