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Master of Counselling

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Many people working within the human service professions (psychologists, social workers, medical practitioners, nurses, educators, the clergy, physical therapists, and others) consider counselling to be an important part of the work that they do. In addition, the number of full-time, professional counsellors is increasing. Counsellors are employed in many areas such as non-government organisations, government services, schools, general practice and community health settings as well as in private practice.


The Master of Counselling program is intended for students who, following completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree, wish to develop in-depth knowledge, skills and competencies for professional practice in counselling. Within this program students will develop the skills to competently serve individuals, couples, families, and groups in the community.

It is a program that encourages a multi-disciplinary focus drawing students from a number of different discipline backgrounds including psychology, social work, education, nursing, medicine, human services, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. It has also been popular with students of many different ages and nationalities. The program seeks to extend students' abilities to consider counselling within the broader social context in which people live their lives; as well as within individual client work.

The program provides a rich blend on content and experience being jointly run by the School of Psychology and the School of Social Work and Human Services. The cooperation of these two Schools allows us to call on the expertise and knowledge of both disciplines.


The UQ Master of Counselling program is currently one of the only PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) accredited counselling programs in Australia. The program is also accredited by the ACA (Australian Counselling Association). As such, the program upholds counselling practices that are in accord with professional codes of ethics and standards of practice of the professional associations in Australia. As such students who complete the program can gain membership to the two major professional organizations representing counselling in Australia.

Regististration as a Psychologist

It must be noted that completion of the program does NOT provide eligibility for registration as a psychologist. Students who are seeking registration as a counselling psychologist should consider enrolment in the Master of Psychology (Counselling).

Reasons to Study Counselling at UQ

Important issues to consider when choosing to become a professional counsellor at The University of Queensland:

  • The MCOUNS is a multi-disciplinary program that is based on the development and use of integrative theoretical approaches to counselling.
  • It offers fulltime and part-time options.
  • The program seeks to develop a strong sense of community among its students and provide a supportive atmosphere for students.
  • It recognises and seeks to develop not only skills, but actively encourages personal reflection and understanding of the person as counsellor.
  • It draws students from other programs into its courses broadening the ability of students to work with other professions.
  • It offers a comprehensiveness list of courses that will equip students to work among varying groups and in varying situations.
  • It Is taught by lecturers and tutors who also work as practitioners and/or maintain very strong connections to the broader community in a professional capacity.
  • It seeks to develop in students skills beyond face-to-face counselling that will make the student able to work independently as a counselling practitioner in small organizations and within multi-disciplinary teams.
  • It seeks to consider counselling across the broad spectrum from mental health promotion to early intervention to therapy.
  • It seeks to consider counselling across the broad spectrum from mental health promotion to early intervention to therapy.
  • It offers varied placement experiences.
  • It seeks to ensure students are able to meet milestones of competence across the period of their study.
  • It seeks to maintain contact with graduates from the program to enrich the experience of both graduates and new students.

The Master of Counselling is well suited to people who work with individuals, families, groups and communities in many different fields and circumstances such as:

  • Loss and grief issues
  • Mental health and well-being
  • Violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Crisis
  • Working with children
  • Challenges to health
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