Bachelor of Counseling

General

Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description

This course provides students with theoretical foundations, beginning therapeutic skills, and first self-reflective clinical practice proficiency in counselling.

It gives students the opportunity to learn interpersonal competencies, including communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-reflection, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.

The course is preparatory for those wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in counselling and psychotherapy.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

One or more of the majors in this course have admission requirements. Refer to the major for more information.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test*
  • University Preparation Course*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programs defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 12 Core units. In addition to the core units, students should complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Design, Psychology, Arts, Contemporary Arts, and Media & Communications; or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available.

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1101 Dynamic Models of Counselling 15
COU1201 Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU1102 Self Development 1 15
COU1212 Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic Practice 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2102 Therapeutic Practice with Children and Adolescents 15
COU3101 Humanistic Models of Counselling 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU2101 Therapeutic Practice with Older Adults 15
COU3106 Skills Training in Humanistic Counselling 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3102 Self Development 2 15
COU3201 Contemporary Challenges in Therapeutic Practice 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
COU3105 Psychodynamic Concepts into Practice 15
COU3202 Sexuality and Therapeutic Practice 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate knowledge and ideas demonstrating interpersonal skills and essential counselling skills relevant to an entry-level professional helping role.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of counselling practice that is astute to human diversity in all its forms including issues of power differences.
  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and skills in the foundations of Counselling.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the importance of a developmental focus and its application to understanding individuals, couples, families, and groups at a local and global level.
  • Demonstrate initiative and judgment in planning, problem-solving, and decision-making appropriate to engaging professionally with others in a supportive counselling role.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and principles and their application to engaging with, maintaining, and terminating a professional relationship within an entry-level counselling context.
  • Develop counselling transliteracy including an appreciation of the distinctness of the consulting room context.
  • Exercise critical thinking and judgment to identify and solve problems as applied to understand the dynamics and process of individual counselling and psychotherapy. (3)
  • Integrate entry-level counselling knowledge and skills into diverse contexts.
  • Review, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate foundation psychodynamic, humanistic and systemic counselling theoretical frameworks.
  • Use creativity, innovation, and the ability to generate ideas to work constructively in a supportive professional role.
  • Work collaboratively in groups producing quality counselling knowledge.

Career Opportunities

This course prepares students for a range of entry-level human services positions that utilize counselling.

Possible future job titles

Entry-Level Counsellor, Client Liaison, Community Worker, Family Welfare Officer, Human Service Worker, Mental Health Worker, Pastoral Roles.

Last updated Oct 2020

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