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.

Admission Criteria

General Entry

A qualification from a university or registered higher education provider at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor’s degree) or higher which has included counselling skills training, and one year’s full-time equivalent documented work experience (paid or voluntary) in a relevant field, and

Satisfy English proficiency requirements (for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed a qualification delivered in English), and

Attendance at interview

Bridging Course

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

Credit, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Articulation

Prospective students may apply for credit in the Masters course on the basis of prior formal learning at the same AQF level, and RPL for prior informal learning that is relevant and current.

Articulation pathways are available for graduates of:

  • A Graduate Diploma of Counselling: credit for Mental Health Practice 107 (2 cps), and
  • A Master of Counselling and/or Psychotherapy: credit for Mental Health Practice 107, Introduction to Research Methods 20 and Research Project 205 (8 cps).

Course Tuition Fees

$36,473 in total

  • 2 credit point unit: $1,308 (two in course)
  • 3 credit point unit: $1,962 (10 in course)
  • 4.5 credit point unit: $3,022 (two in course)
  • 6 credit point unit: $3,920 (two in course)

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

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

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.

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

Semester 1

Semester Start date: Monday 19 July 2021
Intensive Start date:
Monday 19 July 2021
Intensive End date: Sunday 25 July 2021
Semester End date: Sunday 7 November 2021

Census Dates

Semester 1: Wednesday 21 July 2021

 
 
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Timetable

Semester 1 2021

Workshop Intensive 1 (on-campus): Monday 19 July 2021 - Sunday 25 July 2021

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

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