Meet ACAP Graduate Callie Hooper
Callie graduated with her Bachelor of Counselling in May 2016. She began the course at the Brisbane campus part-time while working in an unrelated industry, and later switched to full-time study. After her placement at a charity that counsels children through grief, loss and illness, Callie decided to stay on as a volunteer. Soon after graduating she was offered the role of manager. Callie credits her successful application to the combination of her prior career skills in business, familiarity with the centre through placement there and her new Counselling degree.
Why did you choose ACAP?
I chose an Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) course after looking into a few different options because it seemed to be the most suitable since it offered smaller class groups on campus. I also loved the idea of being able to work closely with the teachers as opposed to some other institutions which seemed to be impersonal by comparison.
The ACAP course was my first time in academic study as I had only completed schooling up to year 10. I have had a long career in the finance industry, working in administration, as well as being an Operations Manager and a Client Relationship Manager. Starting academic study as a mature-aged student was a big step for me, but ACAP was very welcoming and supportive in so many ways.
Describe the job you accepted from your placement provider after graduating.
It is a senior leadership role, managing and leading the team to maximise services to our community by developing and expanding the existing services, and to develop effective marketing strategies and achieve government funding. I was able to secure this position as I have a unique blend of skills that fitted perfectly - my corporate/business skills, which will serve well as I begin building relationships with the relevant government personnel to achieve funding; and my counselling degree, which incorporates my placement experience in the organisation. So I deeply understand our programs, services and mission and was able to hit the ground running.
My goals became clear during my studies and soon after I began my placement: to actively make a difference in the lives of children and families in the community. Through expanding our programs into our community and achieving government funding to support this, I will certainly be succeeding in my goals.
How has studying with ACAP benefited you?
My expectations of ACAP as a course provider were exceeded. The small class learning environment is invaluable in gaining a deeper insight into the counselling sector and the support of the educators was amazing. I experienced a great deal of personal growth during my studies and I will remember this for many years to come.
To others thinking about studying counselling at ACAP I would say – do it! They have excellent student support services and are always willing to help or guide you in the right direction.
ACAP offers Counselling qualifications from Diploma to Masters level. Study options include full-time, part-time, on-campus and online or blended delivery, with three annual intakes in February, May and September.