The University of Queensland, Australia offers Master of Counselling (Mcouns)

The Master of Counselling or MCouns at the University of Queensland, Australia is a program that aims to provide its students with detailed knowledge and real-life skills for pursuing a career in professional counselling. The program is taught in collaboration with UQ’s School of Psychology and is a popular one in Australia. Both the Australian Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) have accredited this program.

There is a strong focus on integrated approaches to counselling and applied psychotherapy that wants to find ways to help people facing different challenges. These challenges can range from intra-personal issues to inter-personal (relationship) and systemic problems across areas and from prevention to clinical care.

Course Details

The program combines both theory and practice which incorporates many areas from person-centred to brain-based approaches. Students will develop the requisite knowledge, competence, and skills for practising counselling professionally and will become equipped with the right methods to support individuals, couples, families and community groups.

The course is divided into four semesters and has both core subjects and electives for the students.

Practical Approach

Students will go through about 350 hours of clinical practice under supervision in a variety of clinical settings like hospitals and public and private agencies. During their placements, students can apply their theoretical knowledge studied in the course to real life situations to develop and hone their skills.

It might be necessary to take up clinical placements outside the Brisbane metropolitan area, and students need to pay for their travel, accommodation, and daily living expenses.

Application Procedure

Students will need to have a bachelor’s degree with some prior learning in social and behavioural sciences, for example, social work, psychology, human services, nursing, and so on.

Students need to submit the following documents:

  • Certified copies of university transcripts
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement

Applications can be submitted online, usually by the end of January of each year.

Possible Careers

After completing the Master of Counselling program, you can find job opportunities in human service settings like health, welfare, community services, human resources and personnel management and private practice. The program is well suited for people who want to work with individuals, families, groups and communities in many different fields and circumstances, like loss and grief issues, mental health and well-being, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and drug and alcohol issues, relationship issues and others.

Professional Memberships

Once you complete the Master’s program you become eligible for membership with the following organisations:

  • Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia

The program has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
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