Student stories

Kripa

As an international student I was nervous when I first started. To my surprise, the specialised learning support team at ACAP were very warm and supportive. They have made me more confident in understanding lectures and submitting assignments. The campus is a convenient location too which is great!

Kripa
Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Cliff

Classes at ACAP have a personal touch. I am able to express my opinions and grow through my teachers’ life experiences and constructive support.

Cliff
Bachelor of Social Work

Ayshe

I chose to study at ACAP to fulfil my desire to really understand the process of mental wellness.

Ayshe
Bachelor of Counselling

Michelle

Personalisation makes the course and enhances learning. As a result I’ve done so much better at ACAP – both personally and academically. The lecturers are relatable, honest and supportive of leading you in the right direction.

Michelle
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

George

Previously I had studied Economics and Law, then I was drawn to studying at ACAP because of my interest in helping and understanding people. The best things about ACAP is that it is flexible, inclusive and supportive.

George
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Monique

ACAP staff have continued to motivate me throughout my academic career, and key ACAP lecturers inspired me to study an Honours degree. They are world class.

Monique
Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Kareem

At ACAP I have benefitted 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)

Neil

I’ve always been interested in human behaviour, personality differences and the abnormal psychology topics we hear about in popular culture. I began my study at a mainstream university, but their timetable didn’t support my part-time requirements. ACAP’s blended learning was perfect so I could manage content at my own pace. I also wouldn’t have been comfortable asking those ‘stupid questions’ in a massive lecture theatre. ACAP’s smaller classes gave me all the confidence I needed.

Neil
Bachelor of Psychological Science

Claudia

Having studied the Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, when I began working the field one of the major skills I was lacking was counselling. I completed my placements at Mosman Private Hospital, where I ran group sessions for patients. It was such a rich, supportive learning environment with a supervisor that was hands-on the whole way through. Before my intern was complete, I’d been offered a job.

Claudia
Bachelor of Counselling

Deborah

I migrated to Australian in 2000. I realised I wanted to help people and feel fulfilled so eventually chose a career in counselling. My placement saw me work two days a week at Dorothy Impey Home, a community-based aged care facility, where they were so impressed by my results and proactive nature, I became their first onsite counsellor as soon as I graduated.

Deborah
Bachelor of Counsellor

Lisa

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

Sarah

As a teenager, I had a few family members experience post-natal depression. My interest in counselling grew from wanting to understand their experience, and how to support others who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. Being face-to-face with clients and implementing treatment during my placement, gave me a true insight into what employment in the field would be like. I can’t emphasise enough how important these practices are.

Sarah
Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Lara

The academic and clinical staff have extensive experience in a variety of areas, so we get a diverse perspective on theoretical approaches and career prospects. The clinical placements are in a variety of settings, so there is an amazing opportunity to experience working with interesting and complex clients.

Lara
Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Alanoof

ACAP is a very friendly environment, and I like that the new skills I am learning are helpful to have in everyday life. The practical component was definitely the selling point for me. I love the method of group work and discussion in class. Working together helps us to understand the concepts better.

Alanoof
Graduate Diploma of Counselling

James

The big thing for me at ACAP is that age is not a barrier, it’s how much you enjoy and appreciate what you’re doing that makes you a success. Before I began my studies, I was a volunteer counsellor for Lifeline. I’m now a paid employee. If you’re interested in the human condition, this is the place to be. My diploma activated parts of my brain I hadn’t used for 30 or 40 years. And that is incredibly satisfying.

James
Bachelor of Psychological Science, Diploma of Counselling

Isaac

Having come from Zimbabwe, ACAP’s small classes appealed to me and I felt that everyone was accepted here. I graduated from my Bachelor and decided to continue my studies as I wanted to learn more about the mind! I got a lot of insight from my student placements and hope to one day open my own practice, specialising in rehabilitation or therapy.

Isaac
Bach of Applied Social Science, Grad Dip of Psych Science