Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice)
Advanced counselling knowledge for registered professionals
Dive straight into researching counselling topics that matter to you and your career. Develop your expertise in areas including mental health, drug, family, and youth counselling. Diversify your practice. Open pathways to doctoral studies.
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What you'll learn
The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) is for registered professionals in counselling, psychology, mental health nursing, human services, or social work who wish to extend their professional development.
- Apply a core body of knowledge, including contemporary theories and models central to counselling assessment, treatment, and clinical supervision.
- Effectively utilise a range of advanced interpersonal, written, oral and digital literacy skills appropriate for communicating with diverse audiences including clients and professionals.
- Apply critical reasoning, problem solving, and professional and ethical judgement with initiative to identify and resolve a range of therapeutic, professional, legal and ethical practice issues.
- Consolidate theory and practice within an integrative framework to effectively provide counselling within diverse cultural and practice contexts and client groups.
- Critically evaluate relevant research literature, methodologies and findings to inform practice development and conduct research.
Allows helping professionals to develop or expand their counselling expertise in specialty areas of their choosing, and may provide an opportunity to progress into doctoral studies.
The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) is recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as meeting their bridging requirements to meet Level 3 membership under certain conditions. These include, if the graduate is a Level 2 ACA Member; or if the graduate is not a current member but has an ACA-accredited bachelor qualification; or if the graduate is not a current member but holds an ACA-accredited graduate diploma and has evidence of one year’s post-qualification supervised practice, and a post-qualification minimum of 50 hours of supervision.
Work and Life
Current evidence of full membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Counselling Association, Australian Association of Social Workers, Australian Counselling Association, or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
English Proficiency Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. For entry to the Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) program, applicants are required to meet the Category 3 English Language Proficiency requirements.
On campus requirements
There are mandatory residential schools held at Ipswich, Springfield or Toowoomba campus, and synchronous mandatory online tutorials for:
- COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics
- COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts
- COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications
- COU8104 Counselling Frameworks
- COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice
Credit for previous study or work
Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.
Gain the knowledge and expertise to upskill to an advanced level in several specialist counselling areas, as well as research principles and methods. The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) is for registered professionals in counselling, psychology, mental health nursing, human services, or social work who wish to extend their professional development. Students studying this degree aren’t required to undertake a placement or courses with mandated attendance requirements. Study online while gaining hands-on experience at residential schools, and undertake research into issues relevant to the counselling field. The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) is recognised by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) as meeting their bridging requirements to meet Level 3 membership under certain conditions. Further study pathways include the Master of Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
Students will need to consult the Program Director via email@example.com.
Completion of 16 units as outlined in the Recommended Study Pattern section.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 4 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Counselling.
- Upon completion of the appropriate 8 units, a student may apply to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.
Choose your subjects
- Advanced Practice
- Alcohol and Drug Studies
- Child, Youth and Family Therapy
- Foundations of Practice
- Mental Health Counselling