Inherent Requirements


The statements below specify the course requirements of the Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a counsellor/psychotherapist are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to patient safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. The inherent requirements below should be read in conjunction with other course information, and the codes, guidelines and policies of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand a little about what it is like to complete the Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Further information about the course is available in the course guide and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

Successfully completing the course makes graduates eligible for employment as a Professional Counsellor or Psychotherapist.  Further, the successful completion of this course enables graduates to join the peak professional body of the profession, PACFA, at an Intern, Provisional, or Clinical level, depending on their experience. If you are undertaking this course in order to complete subsequent higher education it is important to ensure that you are familiar with the inherent requirements of those courses also. You may also find it helpful to familiarise yourself with the requirements for work in a professional capacity as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist to assess your suitability for such a role following graduation.

Inherent requirement domains

There are eight domains of inherent requirements in the Master of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Legal compliance
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Relational skills
  • Reflective skills
  • Sustainable performance

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