Master of Counselling & Applied Psychotherapy

If you want to improve on your current qualifications, then why not choose one that can really help others?

A masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy from JNI is yours in just two years, after which you can kick start your career with the confidence of knowing you’ve got a nationally recognised and highly regarded education behind you.

You will learn the fundamentals of being a counsellor or psychotherapist which will allow you to explore career options in hospitals, government agencies, and community health centres. Receive plenty of practical clinical experience during your course and learn from the best experts in the field.

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
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Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Meets Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia training standards.


Undergraduate degree or graduate diploma in a related field plus at least 2 years of relevant professional experience. You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.


NSW - Sydney

Work placement

160 hours fieldwork & 50 hours in a counselling clinic

Course length
Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 4 years
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Written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing & clinical training
Start date

Six start dates per year.

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Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
Payment options

Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

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Applicants for this course must:

  • have completed a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honour Degree or Graduate Diploma in a related field*
  • have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience in a related field*
  • attend an interview
  • provide two referees
  • complete a 400 word written statement on why they want to do this course.

* Related fields include psychology, social work, teaching, nursing, welfare, counselling, rehabilitation counselling or behavioural sciences.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Understanding what drives human behaviour
  • Enhancing relationships through effective communication
  • Assessing clients
  • Working with anxious, distressed and challenging clients
  • Planning treatment

Work placement

  • 160 hours of fieldwork in the human services sector
  • 50 hours of working with clients in a counselling clinic

Course structure

15 units


  1. Understanding human behaviour across the lifespan: An introduction to psychology

  2. Theories & practices of counselling

  3. Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication

  4. The Counsellor: Ethics, legal & professional issues

  5. The psychology of personality & counselling practices

  6. Social psychology

  7. Practicum 2: Clinical placement

  8. Group therapy 1

  9. Mental health: Therapeutic assessment & intervention

  10. Practicum 3: Integrating macro micro skills

  11. Psychotherapy in context: A critique

  12. Group therapy 2

  13. Practicum 4: Trainee clinic

You will also need to complete 2 to 3 elective units throughout the course.

Support and delivery

Jansen Newman Institute offers a comprehensive support for all students.

You will receive one-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills.


This Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy has been designed to specifically address the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) training standards. 

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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