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Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology)

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The Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) is designed for students who have completed a first degree and have completed a four year sequence of studies in psychology as well as having some counselling experience in an appropriate setting. The program is intended to prepare students for professional practice as counselling psychologists.
There are many applications of counselling psychology. This program has been designed to:
  • Teach generic skills and areas of knowledge that apply across the various areas of counselling psychology practice
  • Examine selected areas of practice that exemplify the delivery of counselling-related services to persons with particular needs
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Duration2 Year/s
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1
Course codeN0904
CRICOS code075293F
Fees*A$26,480 (annual for 2014)*
*The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students studying on-campus in Australia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.
Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus. Due to government regulations, industry-based learning (IBL) and work placement are not available to onshore international students unless it is a compulsory component of the program. Programs that are taught solely online are not available to onshore international students who hold an international student visa.

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

The Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) is designed for students who have completed a first degree and have completed a four year sequence of studies in psychology as well as having some counselling experience in an appropriate setting. The program is intended to prepare students for professional practice as counselling psychologists.
There are many applications of counselling psychology. This program has been designed to:
  • Teach generic skills and areas of knowledge that apply across the various areas of counselling psychology practice
  • Examine selected areas of practice that exemplify the delivery of counselling-related services to persons with particular needs
Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on campus. Due to government regulations, industry-based learning (IBL) and work placement are not available to onshore international students unless it is a compulsory component of the program. Programs that are taught solely online are not available to onshore international students who hold an international student visa.

Course structure

The program consists of 200 credit points. Students undertake a total of 16 units of study, each of 12.5 credit points, consisting of eight coursework units of study (100 points in total), four placement units of study units of study (50 points in total), and four research units of study (50 points in total). All units are core units and are valued at 12.5 credit points.
Coursework units of study (totalling 100 credit points)
HAY530 Counselling Theory and Skills
HAY528 Contemporary Practice in Counselling Psychology (formerly HAY524 Program Evaluation for Psychologists)
HAY535 Diagnosis, Treatment and Referral
HAY526 Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (formerly HAY537 Counselling Applications)
HAY538 Aspects of Professional Practice
HAY527 Advanced Psychological Assessment (formerly HAY539 Psychological Assessment) 
HAYC554 Professional Ethics and Psychopharmacology (replaces HAY543 Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues as from semester 1 2014)
HAY525 Systemic Family Counselling (formerly HAY547 Psychology of the Family)
Four of the coursework units of study comprise advanced study in areas central to the practice of counselling psychology:
  • Aspects of Professional Practice
  • Diagnosis, Treatment and Referral
  • Systemic Family Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
Four of the coursework units of study comprise professional skill development training:
  • Contemporary Practice in Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Counselling Theory and Skills
  • Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues
Students also participate in supervised work placements in at least three separate practice settings. Initially students are placed at the Swinburne Psychology Clinic and following this, choose two separate placements suitable in terms of their clientele and mode of service delivery.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities and professional recognition.

Aims and objectives

Below is a summary of the Key Generic Skills associated with the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) program. These are also commensurate with the generic skills promoted by the Psychology Board of Australia.
1. To promote the development of a broad base of knowledge and understanding of general psychological principles and of their application to human behaviour
2. To enhance a student’s understanding of human behaviour and the competencies and experiences needed to enter into appropriate occupational settings
3. To facilitate the development of competencies and an in‐depth knowledge of major issues, techniques and theories enabling students to function as entry‐level practitioners in human services and mental health fields
4. To expose students to applied areas of psychology, through field experiences and supervision, thus providing opportunities to practice prerequisite skills and competencies
5. To enable students to assess the level of psychological functioning of individuals, groups, organisations, couples and families experiencing difficulties connected with relationships, education, careers, work, crisis and life changes and to formulate appropriate interventions strategies
6. To become competent in the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessment tools and techniques and to develop a capacity to diagnose psychological disorders and formulate appropriate interventions
7. To apply more specialised psychological skills and knowledge to normal and/or clinical populations
8. To maintain high standards of professional practice in order to protect the public by training in: 
  • Ethical, legal and professional matters; Self‐evaluation skills – developing awareness of professional limitations; Therapeutic interventions, the ability to assess client behaviour, cognitions and to affect and identify presenting problems. To determine whether the practitioner has the skills base to apply appropriate therapeutic intervention, or whether to make a referral to a more qualified practitioner
  • Professional competencies in professional work settings
  • Assessment of students’ level of proficiency in the specified competencies

Career opportunities

Psychology practice and related fields (human resources, helping professionals, research).  

Professional recognition

This program meets the requirements of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists for academic training. It also provides a direct means of professional registration by the Psychology Board of Australia. It is the most desirable qualification sought by prospective employers of counselling psychologists.

The program has been granted full accreditation as a fifth- and sixth-year course in psychology by the Australian Psychological Society. Graduates of the master program will be eligible for:
  • Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Registration as a psychologist
  • Membership of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists, after two years of an internship approved by the Psychology Board of Australia
Due to government regulations, industry-based learning (IBL) and work placement are not available to onshore international students unless it is a compulsory component of the program.

This course has academic and English language requirements.

Academic requirements

A recognised degree from an Australian university, and completion a four-year sequence of studies in psychology in a course approved by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the APS.

Applicants with good results in their fourth-year studies in an approved APS psychology course and relevant human services work experience will be interviewed by a selection panel. An order-of-merit for entry will be prepared taking into account (a) academic record, (b) previous work experience and training, and (c) academic and professional referees' reports.
 

English language requirements

Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Advanced level Certificate (EAP 5 Advanced: 75%); OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.5; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 577 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 90, with no individual band below 20. Refer to the English Language Requirements website for further information.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Apply for this course by following the step-by-step process on our How to Apply page.
 
In addition to lodging the international student application form, applicants for the Master of Psychology (Counselling Psychology) program must lodge the following forms and associated documents by the closing date:

Following Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines, only recent postgraduate formal training will be recognised as prior learning in relation to this course. 

 
Closing Date: 31 October 2013 (for Semester 1, 2014 intake).
 
Applicants with overseas qualifications should have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society.

Course fees*

A$26,480 (annual for 2014)

*The indicative course fees shown in Course Search apply to international students studying on-campus in Australia for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Scholarships

A range of scholarships are available to international students, visit our Scholarship Page for details.

Find out more

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Tel: +613 8676 7002 (outside Australia)
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