Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Program  Statement

ACAP’s Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy program provides a strong humanistic foundation from which to study other therapeutic approaches. It is unique in offering an integrated framework with an emphasis on the interpersonal relationship between the client and therapist, and a focus on the philosophies and practices of major schools of counselling and psychotherapy.

The course is designed for students to develop higher order competency in the core elements of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice, and research, within an interdisciplinary training model, spanning both the reflective practitioner and science practitioner models. Competencies are developed through the following units: Person and Practice of the Therapist, Philosophy and Theories of Counselling, Counselling in a Diverse World, Working with Mental Health, Trauma and Grief Counselling, Ethics in Practice, Increasing Therapeutic Effectiveness, and Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  Electives include Group Therapy, Advanced Alcohol and other Drugs, Counselling Children and Young People, Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Existential therapy. Students undertake a placement of 80 client contact hours along with supervision. Consistent with our commitment to an integrative approach, we recognise the value and contribution of knowledge generated from a range of approaches to research. Students undertake an original piece of research of their own choosing, designed to enhance the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and are encouraged to present and publish their findings.

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is a blended delivery course. This combines independent study with online classes and compulsory workshops. It is accredited by PACFA, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. Graduates are thus eligible to be listed on the PACFA register at Intern, Provisional or Clinical level depending on experience.

To ensure success in this course a satisfactory level of personal and professional readiness to undertake all aspects of this course is recommended. 

Admission Criteria

Meet the following criterion:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a cognate field of study (counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, pastoral care, social welfare, natural therapies, mental health or palliative care nursing, medicine, occupational therapy).



ACAP’s Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is currently available in blended delivery mode (a mix of online and on-campus classes) in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Course Duration and Start Dates

2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday 17 September 2018

Recognition of Prior Study

Students who have completed ACAP’s two year Graduate Diploma of Counselling, a four-year full-time APAC-accredited Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or a four-year full-time AASW accredited Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), are eligible for up to 50% credit in the Masters course (one year full-time).

For more information about recognition of prior learning (RPL) and to asses your eligibility you can contact one of our course advisors at or on 1800 061 199. 

Study Modes

Blended delivery (a mix of online and on-campus classes) in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide.
Each coursework unit will be delivered in blended delivery mode, consisting of the following:

• 8 weeks of lectures uploaded to the online classroom to provide intellectual content

• 8 weeks (4 hours) of synchronous (real-time) online classes including discussions, group activities and skills practice using web conferencing

• 14 hours of on-campus workshops for applying theory to practice

• 12 weeks of independent learning activities, for example, viewing practice videos, weblinks to policy and reports, podcasts, wikis and discussion forums.

For more information about the units, please refer to the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy course sequence.


FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email

For international student fees, click here.

Course Structure

For more information, please refer to the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy course guide.

Workshops and Placements

The 2014 Training Standards of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) requires that postgraduate students attend 200 hours of person-to-person training in counselling and/or psychotherapy. This course meets these requirements via its blended learning model by providing students with 14 hours (2 days) of compulsory on campus workshops within each coursework unit. On campus workshops will not necessarily be offered on all campuses in each trimester, as available campuses will depend on student numbers.

For more information on ACAP’s Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy workshops, click here.

This course includes 240 hours in a placement agency (including 80 hours of client counselling contact and an additional 24 hours of clinical supervision). The placements are conducted over two consecutive trimesters.