Master of Counselling

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Stirling offers the Master of Counselling in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Counselling.

The M Couns offers advanced professional knowledge and skills for counsellors. This new award has a strong focus on the student’s personal attributes, relational capacity and spiritual formation as well as integrative and collaborative approaches to counselling.

Students are exposed to traditional knowledge and contemporary developments in the theory and skills of counselling and psychotherapy. The M Couns will provide opportunities for critical study and integration from personal, social and cultural perspectives and from the perspectives of pastoral theology, ministry, mission and service.

 

The M Couns is offered in two phases:

Phase 1 is aifc’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual). See www.aifc.com.au

Phase 2 is delivered by Stirling and made up of 6 units at AQF level 9 (Masters). It includes 2 capstone units (30 points) and 4 elective units (60 points).

 

Capstone units

XP9076S Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum). This unit enables students to build on the counselling hours acquitted during their Graduate Diploma and requires a minimum of 70 hours of supervised client contact.

XP9077S Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies. This unit enables students to explore, apply and integrate a variety of advanced counselling approaches

Notes: The two capstone units
1) are to be taken concurrently and run for the whole year.
2) may be replaced by a 30-point capstone research experience for counsellors wishing to pursue a postgraduate research stream.

 

4 Elective units (Counselling Accreditation Stream)

Choice of the 4 electives (60 points) varies depending upon enrolment in the Counselling Accreditation stream or the more flexible Professional Development stream.

The Counselling Accreditation elective subjects (60 points) are:

DP9778S Human Development

DP709S Critical Incident Counselling, Trauma and Suicide

CT8702S Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life

DP9730S The Art of Reconciliation

The Counselling accreditation stream is for students who complete aifc’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling without a prior 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 hours in supervised counselling, leading to accreditation with one of the two peak counsellor accreditation bodies.

 

4 Elective units (Professional Development Stream)

The Professional Development elective subjects (60 points) are:

 CT8702S Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life

DP9730S The Art of Reconciliation or an alternative  15 point unit

Two 15 point units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies and especially

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

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

The Professional Development stream is for students who complete aifc’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling 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 their Graduate Diploma. The purpose of Phase 2 enrolment is therefore to advance levels of professional accreditation as well as knowledge and skills.

 

 

4 Elective units (Research Stream)

RQ9029C Research Methodologies

CT8702S Interpreting the Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life

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

 Two 15 point units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies and especially

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

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