If you are passionate about helping people and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others, this is the course for you.
Please note we have limited places in this course. In addition, we have limited places available for interstate applicants, and applicants wanting to study from offshore due to placement constraints. Admission into the course is competitive and is based on academic merit. Your application will be assessed once applications have closed. It is essential that you submit your application and all required documentation by the closing date, so that your application is considered.
The Master of Counselling at Monash provides a professional qualification and offers a combination of theory and professional experience, providing you with the knowledge and skills to begin a rewarding career as a counsellor.
The course is suited to people from a variety of professions, such as human resources, health, social welfare and education. It is taught by leading academics with extensive experience working as counsellors and psychologists.
You'll examine the various forms of professional counselling, including online and distance counselling, child and adolescent counselling, and individual, couples and group counselling. You'll be introduced to the ethical and professional issues faced by counsellors, and explore creative approaches to counselling, including play and art therapy. You'll also gain in-depth knowledge across a range of contemporary cognitive-behaviour therapies.
You will complete 250 hours of professional placement, and apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings. This includes 140 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, couple, family and group counselling) and 110 'non-contact' hours (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings, administration). You will complete 35 hours of supervision (which are included in the non-contact hours).
The Counselling Placement Team source many placements and communicate these opportunities to students. Please note most placement providers will require you to submit an application and/or attend an interview to secure the placement. Students located interstate, overseas or rurally will be required to source your own placements, under the guidance of the Counselling Placement Team.
Graduates work in a variety of fields, including careers counselling, education, child and family services, health policy, family counselling, health-services management and rehabilitation counselling.
This course is accredited in Australia by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).