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Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Acquire the insight to create trust and growth
2 Years Full Time
Australian Qualification Framework: 9
Study modes
Industry work placement
240 hours, including 80 hours of face-to-face client counselling
Entry requirements
Fee help available
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Be intrigued by the human mind


You care about health and wellbeing, and want to make a positive contribution to people’s lives. Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is based on a rich understanding of the complexities of human behaviour. It offers a deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and how to empower people to act differently.

It teaches an advanced understanding of counselling and psychotherapy practice, and helps you develop the high level skills needed to practice as a professional counsellor and psychotherapist in many specialised therapeutic areas.

The double major focusses on the interpersonal relationship between the client and therapist, and the philosophies and practices of major schools of counselling and psychotherapy.

It includes a field placement of 240 hours, including 80 hours of face-to-face client counselling. You’ll also undertake an original piece of research of your own choosing, designed to enhance the field of counselling and psychotherapy, and you’re encouraged to present and publish your findings.

Our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy is accredited by PACFA, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates are eligible to be listed on the PACFA register at Intern, Provisional or Clinical level depending on experience.

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority.

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 you 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.

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.


What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.


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
Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Group Therapy (Elective)
Alcohol and other Drugs (Elective)
Counselling Children and Young People (Elective)
Advanced Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Elective)
Hypnotherapy (Elective)
Existential therapy (Elective)

Course structure

Additional majors

This course is made up of 16 units

Pathways for future study

Completion of this course enables a student to be eligible to be listed on the PACFA register at Intern, Provisional or Clinical level, depending on experience.

I have held a lifelong passion to work as a mental health therapist, but wasn’t in a position to pursue this career until the last 10 years. I had graduated with an honours psych degree, but felt the need to develop my counselling skills which I believe are integral to the helping profession. I’m now employed in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Unit at Mosman Private Hospital – my placement experience during my course paved the way to empowering and informing my growth as a mental health therapist. Lisa, Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
At ACAP I have benefited from so many valuable experiences. I feel that there is a genuine involvement with student learning which has helped me on my way to achieve my goal of a Clinical Psychology Masters. Kareem, Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

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