Announcing the aifc Masters of Counselling - aifc

Introducing the Masters of Counselling


A new pathway for aifc students

On 11th January 2017 the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (AIFC) and Stirling Theological College – University of Divinity signed an agreement to commence a Master of Counselling from February 2018.   This is a significant new initiative in the provision of high quality Christian Counselling training and also a significant partnership between Australia’s only Christian collegiate university and one of the nation’s largest and most effective providers of Christian Counselling training.

AIFC’s Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) will fulfill all first year prerequisites entry into a second year for the University of Divinity Master of Counselling, available at Stirling Theological College.  The Master of Counselling will seek approval during 2017 with national professional counselling bodies, including the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).  Students will enjoy quality and streamlined teaching though provision of a course coordinator.

Nicholas Marks, CEO of the Australian Institute of Family Counselling said, “Stirling Theological College as part of The University of Divinity were our first choice in looking for a partner for a Masters program.  The pathway to a Masters degree has been part of AIFC’s strategic plan for several years.  This pathway creates a unique program that will integrate the best of vocational education and training and higher education to produce industry ready graduates that we hope will become leaders in Christian Counselling globally.”

Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal of Stirling Theological College commented, “This is a unique opportunity between two quality and established Christian tertiary providers and benefits students and the counseling profession.  It also encourages greater links with research via University of Divinity research excellence.”

To find out more about the course and to stay on top of any announcements – please go to the new Masters of Counselling Course page.

Enquiries should be directed to:

  • Australian Institute of Family Counselling, Academic Manager Shannon Hood (02) 6242 5111
  • Stirling Theological College – University of Divinity Registrar John Williamson (03) 9790 1000

Signing the agreement (pictured L to R: Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc; Shannon Hood, Academic Manager aifc; John Williamson, Registrar Stirling College; Dr Andrew Menzies, Principal Stirling College)