The Master of Counselling at the University of Queensland provides graduate students with an in-depth knowledge base, and practice skills in professional counselling. The program is one of the largest in Australia and has a strong focus on counselling and applied psychotherapy strategies to enhance outcomes for clients struggling with a wide range of challenges. These challenges may vary from intra-personal issues to inter-personal (relationship) and systemic problems. A wide variety of theoretical models are taught with special emphasis on cutting edge brain-based therapies.
This program is intended for students who desire to develop knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling. Graduates will develop the skills to competently serve individuals, couples, families, and groups in the community. This program also promotes the professional status, identity and visibility of counsellors within our community and seeks to extend students’ abilities to consider counselling within the broader social context as well as within individual client work. The staff involved in this program provide global leadership in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Reasons to study counselling at UQ
Important issues to consider when choosing to become a professional counsellor at The University of Queensland:
- The Master of Counselling is a multi-disciplinary program that is based on the development and use of integrative theoretical approaches to counselling.
- It offers full-time and part-time options.
- The program seeks to develop a strong sense of community among its students and provide a supportive atmosphere for students.
- It recognises and seeks to develop not only skills, but actively encourages personal reflection and understanding of the person as counsellor
- It also draws students from other programs into its courses broadening the ability of students to work with other professions.
- It offers a comprehensiveness list of courses that will equip students to work among varying groups and in varying situations.
- It is taught by lecturers and tutors who also work as practitioners and/or maintain very strong connections to the broader community in a professional capacity.
- It seeks to develop in students skills beyond face-to-face counselling that will make the student able to work independently as a counselling practitioner in small organizations and within multi-disciplinary teams.
- It seeks to consider counselling across the broad spectrum from mental health promotion to early intervention to therapy.
- It offers varied placement experiences.
- It seeks to ensure students are able to meet milestones of competence across the period of their study.
- It seeks to maintain contact with graduates from the program to enrich the experience of both graduates and new students.
The Master of Counselling provides career opportunities in human service settings:
- Community services and Non-Government Organizations
- Human resources and personnel management
- Private practice
It is well suited to people who work with individuals, families, groups and communities in many different fields and circumstances:
- Loss and grief issues
- Mental health and well-being
- Sexual abuse
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Relationship issues
- Working with children
- Challenges to health
Program: Master of Counselling
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline for 2016 intake: September 30, 2015