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Master of Counselling (MCCO) - MCouns

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Start:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Residential school: Ipswich campus or Toowoomba campus — mandatory 
Standard duration:2 years full–time, 4 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Diploma of Counselling

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Professional accreditation

The Alcohol and Drug Studies, Child Youth and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counselling and Foundations of Practice specialisations in the Master of Counselling are accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

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Program aims

The aim of this program is to equip students with advanced counselling skills. The Master of Counselling prepares students for practice, extends practice into specialist areas, and can be a pathway to a Doctorate. The Master of Counselling has two main pathways, each designed for different purposes. The aim of the qualifying pathway is to enhance students’ counselling skills and knowledge and to prepare them for registration as counsellors. Students completing the Master of Counselling in through this pathway will, at completion, have met the training requirements for membership with PACFA and the ACA. This pathway has a choice of four specialisations.

  • Alcohol and Drug Studies

  • Child, Youth and Family Therapy

  • Mental Health Counselling

  • Foundations of Practice


This Master of Counselling contains special admission selection requirements, foundational courses, mandatory residential schools and online tutorials, and practicums to ensure that the training standards are of the highest quality. Please note that students must be enrolled in or have completed the USQ GDCN Graduate Diploma of Counselling (or equivalent) prior to applying for the Master of Counselling. The Master of Counselling also includes two research options – a Research Project option that involves completion of a full Research Project, and a Capstone Experience option, that involves completion of a smaller piece of research.

The second pathway is called the Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) and is designed to advance knowledge, research, and practice for applicants who are already registered professionals in counselling or related disciplines and thus are not required to meet initial registration requirements. This pathway does not require students to undertake foundational courses, residential schools, or a practicum. It offers maximum choices, flexibility, and a simpler admission process. However, it does not lead to registration as a counsellor. The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) includes two research options – a Research Project option that involves completion of a full Research Project, and a Capstone Experience option, that involves completion of a smaller piece of research.

The Master of Counselling is available to graduates of human services, health, nursing, psychology and other allied disciplines.

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Program objectives

On completion of the award, students should be able to:

  1. Apply a core body of knowledge, including contemporary theories and models central to counselling assessment, treatment, and clinical supervision.

  2. Effectively utilise a range of advanced interpersonal, written, oral and digital literacy skills appropriate for communicating with diverse audiences including clients and professionals.

  3. Apply critical reasoning, problem solving, and professional and ethical judgement with initiative to identify and resolve a range of therapeutic, professional, legal and ethical practice issues.

  4. Consolidate theory and practice within an integrative framework to effectively provide counselling within diverse cultural and practice contexts and client groups.

  5. Critically evaluate relevant research literature, methodologies and findings to inform practice development and conduct research.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

EITHER Master of Counselling (Qualifying)

  • Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor degree in any area (or equivalent).

  • Completion of at least 50% of the GDCN Graduate Diploma of Counselling at USQ with a GPA of 5, or above, or completion of an equivalent qualification at another institution.

  • Provide two satisfactory Referee Reports and a report to address the Selection Criteria indicating the applicant's abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program; and

  • Participate in an interview with a panel of School staff.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


OR Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice)

  • Current evidence of full membership of a relevant professional body, such as the Australian Psychological Society, Australian Counselling Association, Australian Association of Social Workers, Australian Counselling Association, or the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practical and/or clinical experience will be undertaken as part of the program (with the exception of the Advanced Practice stream). Students will negotiate supervised industry placement where they will have to demonstrate competency in those components of the course(s) that require application in a counselling situation.

Students undertaking practical and/or clinical experience are responsible for their own transport to and from their clinical placements and are also responsible for their own safety in organising that transport, whether public or private.

Students must have a Blue Card issued by the Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian in Queensland or its respective interstate equivalent, or be a registered health professional who qualifies for a professional exemption, to enrol in COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum. These courses must be satisfactorily completed in order to graduate from the Master of Counselling.

Information about application requirements for each state can be found below:


Mandatory Documents required prior to commencing ANY clinical placements in the program:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check

  • Australian Police Certificate

  • Resume

  • USQ Student Declaration

  • USQ Placement Request Form


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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure


Program Training Philosophy

USQ counselling programs prioritise high quality, research-informed, client-focussed, transferrable counselling knowledge and skills to ensure maximum versatility and responsiveness to client diversity. The programs emphasise respecting client dignity throughout treatment, and emphasise collaboratively designing and adapting treatment to fit client goals, values, strengths, preferences, and treatment response. The focus is on feedback informed therapy, and matching treatment to client needs and preferences.

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Program completion requirements

Students must have successfully completed the core and approved courses (as applicable) to successfully complete the program.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete this program.

Specific specialisations

In this section:

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Foundations of Practice specialisation

This specialisation is completed as part of the GDCN Graduate Diploma of Counselling, Completion of at least 50% of the GDCN Graduate Diploma of Counselling is a pre-requisite to enrolment in the MCCO Master of Counselling. The MCCO Master of Counselling (Foundations of Practice) consists of 7 core courses, one of which (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum) is a 2 unit course. Students can then either elect to complete a Research Project (4 units – MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II ) or a Counselling Capstone Course (2 units – COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project). Students completing the Research Project may select 4 additional units, while students completing the Capstone Course may select 6 additional units. Students will be required to attend mandatory residential school workshops and mandatory online tutorials for five courses, COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications; COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics; COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts; COU8104 Counselling Frameworks), COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice. Students will also be required to take a counselling practicum (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum) as part of the Master of Counselling program.

Core Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications #  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics#  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+  EXT 
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences  1,2  ONL 
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*  1,2  EXT 
For Research Project Option:      
MSC8001 Research Project I*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
MSC8002 Research Project II*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
Choose four of the following courses:     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse   ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs   ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention   ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling   ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling   ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling   ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1   ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2   ONL 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention   1,3  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents   1,2,3  ONL 
For Capstone Project Option     
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project *  1,2  ONL 
Choose six (6) of the following     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse   ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing   ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs   ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention   ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling   ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling   ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling   ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1   ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2   ONL 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention   1,3  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents   1,2,3  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
+Please note that in 2021, COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice will run in S2 (not S1 as indicated in the enrolment pattern). For 2021, students can choose between taking COU8006 in S2 OR taking COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision, in S1. COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision is in teach-out mode, and will be offered for the last time in 2021.
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum
*Two units

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Alcohol and Drug Studies specialisation

The Master of Counselling (Alcohol and Drug Studies) consists of 11 core courses, one of which (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum) is a 2 unit course. Students can then either elect to complete a Research Project (4 units – MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II) or a Counselling Capstone Course (2 units – COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project). Students completing the Capstone Course may select 2 additional units. Students will be required to attend mandatory residential school workshops and mandatory online tutorials for five courses, COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics , COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts , COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications and COU8104 Counselling Frameworks ) and COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice . Students will also be required to take a counselling practicum (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum) as part of the Master of Counselling program

Core Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics#  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+  EXT 
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  EXT 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*  1,2  EXT 
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences  1,2  ONL 
For Research Project Option     
MSC8001 Research Project I*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
MSC8002 Research Project II*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
For Capstone Project Option     
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*  1,2  ONC 
Choose two (2) of the following two courses:     
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  1,3  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
+Please note that in 2021, COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice will run in S2 (not S1 as indicated in the enrolment pattern). For 2021, students can choose between taking COU8006 in S2 OR taking COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision, in S1. COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision is in teach-out mode, and will be offered for the last time in 2021.
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum
*Two units

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Child, Youth and Family Therapy specialisation

The MCCO (Child, Youth and Family Therapy) consists of 10 core courses, one of which (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum ) is a 2 unit course. Students can then either elect to complete a Research Project (4 units – MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II) or a Counselling Capstone Course (2 units – COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project). Students completing the Research Project may select 1 additional unit, while students completing the Capstone Course may select 3 additional units. Students will be required to attend mandatory residential school workshops and mandatory online tutorials for five courses, (COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics; COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications; COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts; COU8104 Counselling Frameworks),and COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice. Students will also be required to take a counselling practicum (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum ) as part of the Master of Counselling program.

Core Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics#  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  1, 3  ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+  EXT 
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences  1,2  ONL 
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*  1,2  EXT 
For Research Project Option     
MSC8001 Research Project I*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
MSC8002 Research Project II*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
Choose one (1) of the following     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse   ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  1,2,3  ONL 
For Capstone Project Option:     
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*  1,2  ONL 
Choose three (3) of the following two courses:     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
+Please note that in 2021, COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice will run in S2 (not S1 as indicated in the enrolment pattern). For 2021, students can choose between taking COU8006 in S2 OR taking COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision, in S1. COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision is in teach-out mode, and will be offered for the last time in 2021.
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum
*Two units

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Mental Health Counselling specialisation

The Master of Counselling (Mental Health Counselling) consists of 10 core courses, one of which (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum) is a 2 unit course. Students can then either elect to complete a Research Project (4 units – MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II) or a Counselling Capstone Course (2 units – COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project). Students completing the Research Project may select 1 additional unit while students completing the Capstone Course may select 3 additional units. Students will be required to attend mandatory residential school workshops and mandatory online tutorials for five courses, COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics, COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts, COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications and COU8104 Counselling Frameworks) and COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice. Students will also be required to take a counselling practicum (COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum ) as part of the Master of Counselling program.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics#  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+  EXT 
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences  1,2  ONL 
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*  1,2  EXT 
For Research Project Option:      
MSC8001 Research Project I *  1,2  ONL, ONC 
MSC8002 Research Project II*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
Choose one (1) of the following two courses:     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling   ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  1,3  ONL 
For Capstone Project Option     
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*  1,2  ONL 
Choose three (3) of the following     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  1,3  ONL 

Footnotes
#This course has a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
+Please note that in 2021, COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice will run in S2 (not S1 as indicated in the enrolment pattern). For 2021, students can choose between taking COU8006 in S2 OR taking COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision, in S1. COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision is in teach-out mode, and will be offered for the last time in 2021.
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum
*Two units

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Advanced Practice specialisation

The Master of Counselling (Advanced Practice) consists of 1 core course. Students can then either elect to complete a Research Project (4 units – MSC8001 Research Project I and MSC8002 Research Project II ) or a Counselling Capstone Course (2 units – COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project). Students completing the Research Project may select 11 additional units, while students completing the Capstone Course may select 13 additional units.

Compulsory Courses  Semester(s) Offered  Mode 
HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences  1,2  ONL 
For Research Project Option     
MSC8001 Research Project I*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
MSC8002 Research Project II*  1,2  ONL, ONC 
Choose eleven (11) of the following: 
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling   ONL 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+   ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling   ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1   ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2   ONL 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications #  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics #  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks #  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts #  EXT 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention   1,3  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents   1,3  ONL 
For Counselling Capstone Option     
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*  1,2  ONL 
Choose thirteen (13) of the following:     
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse  ONL 
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing  ONL 
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  ONL 
COU8014 Relapse Prevention  ONL 
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling  ONL 
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling  ONL 
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#+  ONL 
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling  ONL 
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 1  ONL 
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 2  ONL 
COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications#  EXT 
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics#  EXT 
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts#  EXT 
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks#  EXT 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  1,3  ONL 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  1,2,3  ONL 

Footnotes
*Two units
#This course has a mandatory 4–day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online tutorials.
+Please note that in 2021, COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice will run in S2 (not S1 as indicated in the enrolment pattern). For 2021, students can choose between taking COU8006 in S2 OR taking COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision, in S1. COU5003 Introduction to Clinical Supervision is in teach-out mode, and will be offered for the last time in 2021.

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Research

Students must choose between completing a Research Project Route and a Capstone Counselling Project Option. Students completing the Research Project Option take 4 units (2 courses) of research; while students completing the Capstone Counselling Project Option take 2 units (1 course) of research. Enrolment in the Research Project Option is dependent on the availability of a supervisor who is willing to supervise the research project; topics for the Research Project will be jointly determined by supervisors and students.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Residential schools

The attendance requirement of residential schools within this degree is indicated by the following letters: V = Voluntary; O = Optional; C = Compulsory; R = Recommended; HR = Highly Recommended; M = Mandatory. To find out more about residential schools, visit the Residential School Schedule to view specific dates for your degree, or visit the Policy and Procedure Library.

There are mandatory residential schools held at Ipswich, Springfield or Toowoomba campus, and synchronous mandatory online tutorials for:


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Articulation

A student successfully completing Master of Counselling who has taken the Research Project Route may apply for entry to the Doctor of Philosophy.

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Related programs

The Master of Counselling is nested with the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and the Graduate Diploma of Counselling .

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Exit points

Students may exit after four courses with a Graduate Certificate of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling. Students may exit after eight courses with a Graduate Diploma of Counselling provided they have met the requirements within the program structure of the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

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Credit

Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the USQ Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Foundations of Practice specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose one (1) course from the list of approved courses

COU8104 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG

Choose two (2) courses from the list of approved courses

Year 2

For Research Project Option:

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2121
MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or MSCN or MCCO or MADS or have the approval of their program coordinator

Choose one (1) course from the list of approved courses

COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*22Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)
MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

For Capstone Project Option:

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences21
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project21Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: HSC8050

Choose one (1) course from the list of approved courses

COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^21Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)

Choose two (2) courses from the list of approved courses

Approved courses

COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling 1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8014 Relapse Prevention2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 22Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents2Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5335 if EDU3335 has been previously completed.

Footnotes
*Two units
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050.

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Alcohol and Drug Studies specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8014 Relapse Prevention11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO

For Research Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences12
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or MSCN or MCCO or MADS or have the approval of their program coordinator
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*22Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)
MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

For Capstone Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2121
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*2121Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: HSC8050
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#21Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^^*Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)

Two courses from approved course list

Approved Courses

COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 22Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.

Footnotes
*Two units
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050.
#Mandatory Residential Schools

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Child, Youth and Family Therapy specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention11,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose one course from the following list of approved courses

For Research Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2121
MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or MSCN or MCCO or MADS or have the approval of their program coordinator
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#21MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*21,2Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)
MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

For Capstone Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2122
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: HSC8050
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*21,2Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)

Choose two courses from the list of approved courses

Approved Courses

COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8014 Relapse Prevention2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 22Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents1Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5335 if EDU3335 has been previously completed.

Footnotes
*Two units
#Mandatory Residential Schools
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050.

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Mental Health Counselling specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1 / Semester 1 entry - Full Time Pattern

COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8102 Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics11MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8031 Contexts of Mental Health Counselling11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8032 Mental Health Practice 111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8104 Counselling Frameworks12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts12MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG
COU8033 Mental Health Practice 212Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH

Choose 1 course from the list of approved courses

For Research Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2121
MSC8001 Research Project I*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCTN or MCOP or MCTE or MSCN or MCCO or MADS or have the approval of their program coordinator
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#21Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*21,2Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)
MSC8002 Research Project II*2222Pre-requisite: MSC8001

For Capstone Project Option

HSC8050 Research Methodology for the Human Sciences2122
COU8040 Counselling Capstone Project*Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: HSC8050
COU8006 Group Counselling Process and Practice#2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8050 Masters Counselling Practicum^*21,2Pre-requisite: (COU8101 or COU5009) and (COU8102 or COU5006) and (COU8103 or COU5007) and (COU8104 or COU5010) and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MCCO (all specialisations with the exception of Advanced Practice)

Choose two courses from the list of approved courses

Approved Courses

COU8011 Assessment for Substance Misuse1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8012 Motivational Interviewing1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8013 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8014 Relapse Prevention2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCAD or GDCN or MPPS or GCCO or MCCO
COU8021 Couple and Family Counselling1Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
COU8022 Child and Youth Counselling2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.

Footnotes
*Two units
#Manditory Residential Schools.
^Please refer to section headed “Requirements for professional experience placements” for information pertaining to COU8050.

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Advanced Practice specialisation recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Students should consult the Program Coordinator via usq.support@usq.edu.au.