Master of Counselling

Units

A list of units (core and elective) available for study as part of the Master of Counselling.

Core Units

30 point capstone units

*These two units are undertaken through the whole year, with half of each unit being completed in each Semester.

Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)
XP90765*

This unit allows students to build on the counselling hours previously acquired during their Graduate Diploma. It will consider the demands of their placement setting in terms of intake and assessment, note taking, report writing and documentation. It will require a minimum of 70 hours of supervised client work.

 

Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies
XP90775*

Taken concurrently with XP9076S, students will need to explore a variety of advanced counselling approaches and strategies for application during their practicum. Various approaches to eclecticism are explored.


Accreditation Stream Electives

15 point elective units - levels 8 and 9

Students must complete four electives

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.

* This is a recommended unit that has been developed for the Master of Counselling course. However, it is not required by any peak body and may be replaced with an alternate theology unit by negotiation with the Course Coordinator.

Interpreting Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
CT8702S*

The challenges and issues of life are explored considering the interface of the Christian testimony, faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom.

 

Critical Incident Counselling, Trauma and Suicide
DP9779S

An exploration of responding as a counsellor to critical incidents that are likely to be traumatic for some involved with a partcular consideration of the assessment and management of suicidal ideation.

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
DP9778S

An exploration of the process of normal physical, social, cognitive and spiritual development. Identification and support for those who are not experiencing normal development.

 

The Art of Reconciliation
DP9730S

An exploration of growth into agents of reconciliation in Australia today. It will consider theological foundations, causes of relational dysfunction, gifts and challenges in engaging with First Nation Australian and the fostering of justice, truth, mercy and peace.

 


Professional Development Stream

15 point units - in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.

Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma following completion of aifc’s Advanced Diploma will be able to choose from a wide range of electives as they will have already met the accreditation requirements of PACFA.

 

*  This is a recommended unit that has been developed for the Master of Counselling course. However, it may be replaced with an alternate theology unit by negotiation with Course Coordinator.

 

** These units are not available online and locations may be limited.

 

 

Interpreting Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
CT8702S* 

The challenges and issues of life are explored considering the interface of the Christian testimony, faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom.

 

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

This is a fully online unit which introduces students to spiritual care approaches and methods of research and reflective practice related to the use and abuse of power within relationships, institutions and society.

Pastoral and Theological Issues in Ageing
DP3/9070S  

Narrative therapy and its link with story telling will be explored in the context of working with individuals at end of life and their loved ones. A particular focus will be on forgiveness and grief and death as a spiritual journey.

Students will explore topics such as dementia, society’s view of aging, disability, chronic illness and well being as they relate to an understanding of, and care for, the aging.  

 

Clinical Pastoral Education
DP9100S**

Using a method of action/reflection learning students will be expected to reflect on their practice in a counselling setting (their ‘clinic’), considering the spiritual and theological dimensions at play.

Pastoral and Spiritual Care in a Multi-Faith Context: Reflecting, Respecting, Practising
DP2/3/9022S

Through a one day immersion experience in 6 faith communities, students are challenged to consider the provision of care in hospitals, healthcare facilities and other faith communities.

 

Supervision of Spiritual Care Practitioners
DP8015S**

Exploration of the support for practitioners in a pastoral and spiritual care context. Through group and individual reflection, issues of spiritual reflection within a preferred tradition, power, ethics and transference will be discussed.


NOTE:   A full list of elective options can be found by visiting the website of Stirling Theological College (www.stirling.edu.au). A limited set of elective options will be available to students who cannot undertake studies at Stirling’s Campus in Mulgrave, Victoria.


Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma following completion of aifc’s Advanced Diploma and would like a pathway into further (PhD) studies will need to:

  1. Replace the Core units with a Research Essay (12,000 words) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (relevant to counselling).
  2. Include RQ9029C Research methodologies as one of their Electives

NOTE: the exclusion of the Supervised Practicum may impact the recognition given to the Master of Counselling by professional bodies.

Research Formation Stream