Master of Counselling
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Innovation, Integration, Impact

Master of Counselling

 

Develop your counselling skills as a professional counsellor while pursuing your own spiritual formation

What is the Master of Counselling?

The Master of Counselling is an award of the University of Divinity and delivered by Stirling Theological College. It is the second phase of a postgraduate professional counsellor training programme in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (aifc). The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of a professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence.

The one-year full-time course includes 6 units at AQF level 9 (Masters) made up of 2 units in Supervised Counselling Practicum and 4 elective units including theology/biblical studies, pastoral care, counselling, clinical pastoral education and supervision. The course may be studied part-time over a longer period.

Students will only be able to enter into the Master of Counselling upon successful completion of aifc’s Graduate Diploma course.
 

Phase 1

Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)
Australian Institute of Family Counselling

Submit this form online.

 

Phase 2

Master in Counselling
Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity

Submit this form by email.


FAQs

What is innovative about the Master of Counselling from the University of Divinity?

For the first time you can combine the benefits of professional skills training of a VET qualification with the advantages of higher academic learning in one professional qualification.  The Master of Counselling is the product of a partnership between the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (aifc) and Stirling Theological College and is offered in two phases.

What is the advantage of a two-phase delivery of the professional training programme

Integration is the advantage

aifc’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) is the first phase focusing on specific vocational skills that meet the needs of the industry. Stirling Theological College’s Master of Counselling is the second phase that offers advanced professional knowledge at university level. The two phases are combined into a seamless journey toward greater professional competence and higher educational qualifications.

How am I assured of a quality professional qualification?

The quality is in the accreditation

aifc’s Graduate Diploma is nationally accredited and professionally recognised for integrating theology, psychology and spirituality with integrity and ethical responsibility. Stirling Theological College as a college of The University of Divinity is known for its commitment to ongoing theological reflection and the formation of each member of its learning community. The Master of Counselling has been accredited by the ACA and is currently going through an accreditation process with PACFA which we expect to be finalised before commencement in 2018. Both are peak accreditation bodies in the field.

What does Phase 2 look like compared to Phase 1?

The partnership enables you to study online with your participation in seminars in the location of your choice in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth (the same location for both phases). For Phase 1, see aifc’s Course Guide www.aifc.com.au for detailed information on the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual).

Phase 2 consists of 6 units (90 credit points) in the Counselling and Accreditation streams made up of 2 capstone units (30 points) and 4 electives (60 points). The electives vary by stream to ensure the highest possible level of professional accreditation. The two capstone units are replaced by a capstone research experience in the Research stream.   


What units will I study?

Visit our list of units (core and elective) available for study in Phase 2 as part of the Master of Counselling.

Phase 2 Course outline (total: 90 credit points)

Stream 1
Counselling
Accreditation
Stream 2
Professional Development
Stream 3
Research Formation
Notes
XP90765
Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)

XP90775
Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies

These units are taken concurrently
XP90765
Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)

XP90775
Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies

These units are taken concurrently
Research essay of 12000 words in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (relevant to counselling) 30 points capstone experience
CT8702S
Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
CT8702S
Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
CT8702S
Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
15 points level 8
Students who have successfully completed prior units in Systematic Theology at AQF levels 7,8 or 9 may instead choose any level 8 or 9 unit from a range of units
DP9778S
Human Development

DP9779S
Critical Incident, Counselling, Trauma and Suicide

DP9730S
The Art of Reconciliation
Two 15 point units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

DP3/9070S
Pastoral, Spiritual and Theological Issues in Ageing & Palliative Care

DP2/3/9022S
Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Multi-Faith Context

DP2/3/9006S
Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Situations of Abuse and Trauma

Any 15 point unit
Two 15 point units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies and one compulsory unit in Research Methodology

DP3/9070S
Pastoral, Spiritual and Theological Issues in Ageing & Palliative Care

DP2/3/9022S
Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Multi-Faith Context

RQ9029C
Research Methodologies
30 points of Elective units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

How do I know which stream I should study?

Stream 1: The Counselling accreditation stream is for students who enter Phase 1 of the Master of Counselling without a counselling qualification but with a relevant undergraduate degree in a field such as psychology or theology. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to build up your hours in supervised counselling, thereby enabling you to gain accreditation with one of the two peak counsellor accreditation bodies.

Stream 2: The Professional Development stream is for students who enter Phase 1 with enough study and hours of supervised counselling to gain accreditation as a counsellor from a professional industry body. These students have typically completed aifc’s Diploma of Counselling (Christian) and Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) before entering Phase 1 or the Master of Counselling. The purpose of Phase 2 enrolment is therefore to advance your level of professional accreditation as well as your knowledge and skills. 

Stream 3: The Research stream is for students who have a sufficient number of accredited and supervised counselling hours to already have gained higher levels of accreditation with ACA or PACFA. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to test your capacities and be formed for research.


What is the mode of delivery?

The delivery mode is mixed or ‘blended’ including online learning, face to face seminars, reading and assessments and client practice hours.


Cost of Study

The MCouns requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units (90 points). Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $14,400 for a full-time year (6 units).

FEE-HELP

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa may defer the payment of fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme. Tuition fees are paid by the government, and debited to a loan account. Students are not required to begin repaying the accumulated loan debt until their taxable income rises above the compulsory repayment threshold. Please see www.studyassist.gov.au for more information. 

To apply, a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form must be completed for each course, and proof of citizenship provided to Stirling Theological College. A new form does not need to be completed when re-enrolling in a course, and fees will continue to be charged to FEE-HELP unless the student advises Stirling Theological College of a change to upfront fee payment. For further information, please contact Stirling Theological College.


What are the admission requirements?

Phase 1, Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual), must be successfully completed before studying Phase 2, Master in Counselling.

Entry to Phase 2 also requires a successful interview and has a minimum grade requirement and requires the applicant to have access to suitable clinical experience.

Admission to professionally accredited counselling courses require demonstration of self-awareness, relational capacity, ethical practice, and mature life experience as outlined in www.pacfa.org.au.

Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.


Who do I contact for more information?

For general information please contact:

Dr Art Wouters, Dean of Counselling at Stirling Theological College
Email: awouters@stirling.edu.au.

For enrolment enquiries please contact:

Shivon Barresi, aifc Course Steward - Master of Counselling
Email: shivon.barresi@aifc.com.au

Alternatively visit the www.aifc.com.au or www.stirling.edu.au and www.divinity.edu.au websites.

Students of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Spiritual) may contact their aifc course coordinator.


How do I enrol?

You can start the enrolment process by getting in touch and completing the admission form. Admission forms for enrolment can be found on the relevant websites.

For Phase 2, please consult the Guide to completing and submitting the enrolment form.

Phase 1

Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)
Australian Institute of Family Counselling

Submit this form online.

 

Phase 2

Master in Counselling
Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity

Submit this form by email.

 


Contact us

➤ CAMPUS LOCATION

Stirling Theological College
44-60 Jacksons Road
Mulgrave, VIC, 3170
 

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday
9AM - 5PM
 

☎ CONTACT

Dr Art Wouters
Dean of Counselling at Stirling Theological College
awouters@stirling.edu.au
(03) 9790 1000


 
 

About the Providers

University of Divinity

The University of Divinity promotes the highest standards of scholarship in counselling, theology, philosophy and ministry. With its unique approach to critical engagement with Christian theological traditions, the University aims to address the issues of the contemporary world. Students of the University gain access to world-class academics, extensive and comprehensive resources and library collections. All staff and students join the University through one of its eleven Colleges. Based in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, each College offers a unique learning community. The Colleges are supported by a range of Christian churches and religious orders, reflecting the wide diversity of traditions that together resource the University.

Stirling Theological College

Stirling Theological College is committed to the formation of each member of our learning community.  We support each student toward a Christ Centred life in heart, thought, word and deed as they pursue their vocation on a diversity of areas.  Stirling is committed to giving students the best possible learning and equipping resources for a life of professional service.  We are valued for our diverse learning community and supportive environment.  Stirling is committed to see its Valedictorians go on to make a quality contribution in church, society and marketplace.  The Master of Counselling is housed in the School of Counselling at Stirling and classes are offered at similar times and venues as aifc in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Australian Institute of Family Counselling

aifc takes a comprehensive and balanced approach to counselling training that integrates psychology, theology and spirituality. Theology helps us know and grow in God’s ways and increases our understanding of our need for Him, psychology helps generate an awareness of self and spirituality involves developing your healing relationship. Founded in 1992, aifc’s courses were created out of a growing need for counselling training with a Christian perspective. Almost 25 years on, aifc is the leader in the field. All our courses are: Bible based, taught by professionals, flexible, VET student loan approved, accredited.


 
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The University of Divinity’s Master of Counselling is fully accredited by the Australian Counselling Association, Australia’s largest peak body for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Individuals are eligible for full registration with the Australian Counselling Association upon graduation from this course and can practice as a Registered Counsellor at Level 2.