Master of Counselling | aifc | Christian Counselling Education

Master of Counselling

 Master Of Counselling

ONE YEAR (FULL-TIME ) or 2 YEARS (PART-TIME)

The Master of Counselling is an award accredited by the University of Divinity, delivered through a partnership with Stirling Theological College. The backbone of the program is a full year of Supervised Practicum and Advanced Counselling Strategies. These are supported with a set of prescribed electives for those students seeking peak body accreditation. Students who are already accredited with PACFA or ACA have a wide variety of electives to choose from to engage in areas of personal interest and specialty.

Students may also replace the core units with a research option if they plan to undertake further (PhD) studies. The course commences in 2018. Entry into the Master of Counselling Program is based on an entry interview and successful completion of aifc’s 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual).

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode
The delivery mode is mixed or ‘blended’ including on-line learning, face to face
seminars, reading and assessments and client practice hours.
Course Units
CORE UNIT NAME
TOPIC
XP9076S* Supervised Counselling Practice Integration (Practicum)
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.
XP9077S* Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies
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.
*These two units are undertaken through the whole year, with half of each unit being completed in each Semester. Students must complete 4 electives.
Counselling Accreditation Stream Students who have entered the Graduate Diploma with a prior undergraduate degree will need to complete a particular set of electives in order to meet PACFA’s accreditation requirements
ACCREDITATION STREAM ELECTIVES
TOPIC
DP9778S Human Development
An exploration of the process of normal physical, social, cognitive and spiritual development. Identification and support for those who are not experiencing normal development.
DP9779S Critical Incident Counselling, Trauma and Suicide
An exploration of responding as a counsellor to critical incidents that are likely to be traumatic for some involved with a particular consideration of the assessment and management of suicidal ideation.
DP9730S The Art of Reconciliation
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.
CT8702S** Interpreting Christological presence within the vicissitudes of life
The challenges and issues of life are explored considering the interface of the Christian testimony, faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom.
*These two units are undertaken through the whole year, with half of each unit being completed in each Semester.
Students must complete 4 electives
** 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 Course Coordinator.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STREAM 4 ELECTIVES (Indicative only**)
TOPIC
DP9070S Pastoral and theological issues in aging
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.
DP9033S Palliative and end-of-life care
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.
DP8015S Supervision of Spiritual Care Practitioners
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.
DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education
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.
DP9022S Spiritual care in multi-faith settings
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.
Professional Development Stream 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.
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.
Research Formation Stream
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.
Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

Students will only be able to enter into the 1 year Masters of Counselling upon successful completion of aifc’s 1 year Graduate Diploma course.

Locations Offered
Locations Offered
The course will be able to be completed by distance from anywhere in Australia with lectures being offered in Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Students will be required to undertake clinical experience involving at least 70 hours of counselling during their studies. Students in Melbourne and/or Sydney may have access to a broader number of elective units through classroom study.
Fees

The Master of Counselling course will cost $14,400 and FEE HELP is available.

About Our Courses

 

Founded in 1992, aifc’s courses were created out of a growing need for counselling training with a Christian perspective. Almost 25 years on, aifc is the leader in the field. All our Christian counselling courses are:

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Bible-based

Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.

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Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experts in their field. High quality training, combined with one-on-one access to lecturers makes the difference.

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Flexible

Full-time students spend just 13 days a year at their study centre. Study fits into your lifestlye. We also offer a distance-based program, so you can study anytime, anywhere.

Affordable

We are one of the most affordable counselling training organisations in the country.  FEE-HELP and Austudy/Abstudy are available on approved courses to eligible students.

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Accredited

All our courses are nationally recognised. In fact aifc is the only Christian counselling vocational education institution to be accredited by ACA, PACFA and is a member of ACPET.

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