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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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At a glance

Study mode

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In-class

Provider

Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)
Career Opportunities
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Meets Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia training standards.

Prerequisites

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.

Location

NSW - Sydney

Work placement

160 hours fieldwork & 50 hours in a counselling clinic

Course length
Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 4 years
Study mode

In-class


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing & clinical training
Start date

Six start dates per year.

Provider
Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) provides flexible, industry-based training in counselling and psychotherapy.

The college has a strong reputation in the industry for producing highly competent graduates.

Jansen Newman Institute courses feature:

  • Practical training – so you graduate with the skills to step into a job
  • Flexible study options – so you can fit study around your life
  • The option to study at an accelerated rate – so you can finish your course sooner and start your career

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd (RTO 0269) trading as Jansen Newman Institute

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

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

Units

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


    The unit introduces you to the field of developmental psychology and explores why people do what they do, and what drives or motivates human behaviour.

    You will examine the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing and death in their social and cultural contexts. The unit also examines the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

  2. Theories & practices of counselling


    You are required to explore an eclectic approach to theories, modalities and practice skills and this unit of study sets the foundation for this work. In this unit, you are introduced to a selection of influential counselling theories, including:

    • Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories
    • Person-centred therapy
    • Existential therapy
    • Gestalt therapy
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Feminist therapy
    • Solution-focused therapy
    • Narrative therapy

    You will participate in different experiential learning scenarios to develop your understanding of the range of counselling interventions available to you from each of the counselling theories presented. This unit also establishes a firm foundation for the concepts and techniques developed in later units.

  3. Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication


    This unit explores the nature of interpersonal communication in its many guises with a survey of the different communication channels and barriers to effective communication. You will be required to consider the role of self and culture in interpersonal communication, and the part that perception, listening and reflection play. You will also be given the opportunity to examine how different types of relationships (family, work, personal) can be enhanced through more effective communication.

  4. The Counsellor: Ethics, legal & professional issues


    This unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when working as a professional in a therapeutic context. Students will be expected to engage with the topic to such a level that they can articulate their ethical position and what they consider to be moral behaviour in the therapeutic relationship. Professional standards for counsellors and counselling practice will be identified and implications for professional practice determined.

  5. The psychology of personality & counselling practices


    This unit undertakes a systematic study of the psychology of the personality: its genesis, traits, development, and typologies. Key theorists associated with personality theory will be presented and evaluated and their ideas of individual change will be explored.

    Specific counselling modalities, including Gestalt Therapy, CBT, Psychotherapy and Narrative Therapy will be reviewed in the clinical context, as methods for promoting change. The notion of 'abnormal psychological' development will also be analysed. You will also explore the influences of biology, gender and culture on our concept of self; this exploration will be crucial to developing a viewpoint on the nature of personality development and individual change in order to facilitate appropriate counselling responses.

  6. Social psychology


    This unit will explore the interaction between the individual self and social thinking, social influences and social relations. Knowledge from life span development is contextualised within the social world and its construction, and this unit will be guided by questions such as: How does one construct the world? How is behaviour shaped by social institutions, cultural practices and western knowledge, religion, lore, traditional media and social media?

    In addressing these questions, you are given an opportunity to develop your understanding of the how an individual negotiates their interconnectedness with notions of their 'social' self. The unit concludes with a discussion on emerging critiques of the individual and the social self.

  7. Practicum 2: Clinical placement


    To undertake this unit, you will obtain a placement of 160 hours within a community services organisation such as a community counselling agency, government counselling or welfare centre, child or youth service, neighbourhood centre, community corrections, hospice or hospital pastoral care setting (and with special permission their place of work). You will be required to use this placement to build upon and consolidate your counselling skills with a variety of client groups and presentations.

    In addition to the 160 hours placement, you may undertake up to 10 hours of individual face-to-face counselling to begin your more formal clinical training hours. This individual counselling will be supported by 3 hours of clinical supervision from the Jansen Newman Institute.

  8. Group therapy 1


    Group therapy 1 and Group therapy 2 are 2 core units in the Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy program. They occur in the second year of the course and mark the shift to a deeper engagement with psychotherapeutic processes.

    Group therapy 1 and 2 are discrete units (Group therapy 1 is a pre-requisite for Group therapy 2) but they are modelled similarly in that for each unit, you become members of a small therapeutic group, facilitated by experienced group leader. However, the constitution of the group and the group facilitator is different for each unit, as is the work you will undertake.

    Under the guidance of the skilled group leader (who is also a faculty member) you learn firsthand about the dynamics of small groups, and may volunteer to participate in personal therapeutic work while undertaking the unit. You must complete set readings and undertake video viewing to help you analyse and reflect on the group processes you have observed. The Yalom model of group therapy is utilised to inform your theoretical understanding of the group processes within which you are engaged.

  9. Mental health: Therapeutic assessment & intervention


    This unit explores issues and concerns that inform counselling and psychotherapeutic practice in the mental health field and considers a range of commonly presented symptoms and syndromes. Practice models, therapeutic approaches and skills for effective and deliberative practice will be identified and examined for use. To inform this investigation, you will review research findings on aetiology, subsequent development and the evidence base for the efficacy of various forms of treatment.

    The final component of the unit's work introduces the notion of cross cultural counselling and gender awareness and the way that gender, ethnic, religious and cultural differences affect the way "problems" are perceived and presented, and the way that change agents may need to respond. This unit uses experiential learning opportunities with critical feedback from peers and lecturers.

  10. Practicum 3: Integrating macro micro skills


    This unit offers you further opportunities to develop your professional practice skills within the context of specific therapeutic models that are taught in the course. You will participate in a range of experiential learning activities to develop their counselling techniques.

    New skills will be explored such as working with anxiety, holding clients while distressed, challenging and confrontation, interpretation, reframing and witnessing. These will be integrated with the communication skills of empathic responding, summarising, and open-ended questioning. You will also be introduced to community skills in cooperation, alliance work, and networking and their usefulness in practice will be explored and critiqued.

  11. Psychotherapy in context: A critique


    This unit explores the critical dimensions of counselling and psychotherapy used to inform clinical work. In particular you will explore and analyse how the individual and the social is formed and how this relates to the dominant cultural, gender, political and social practices. This exercise is crucial to the investigation of the cultural social and political utility of psychotherapeutic work.

    By addressing questions like 'who is producing psychological knowledge and for whom?' you challenge the way current thinking about psychotherapy emerges. By linking the interconnectedness between individuals and their broader social and cultural environment, you will have new knowledge and practice methods to inform your work.

  12. Group therapy 2


    Group therapy 1 and Group therapy 2 are two core units in the Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy program. They occur in the second year of the course and mark the shift to a deeper engagement with psychotherapeutic processes. Group therapy 1 and 2 are discrete units (Group therapy 1 is a pre-requisite for Group therapy 2) but they are modelled similarly in that for each unit, students become members of a small therapeutic group, facilitated by an experienced group leader. However, the constitution of the group and the group facilitator is different for each unit, as is the work they will undertake. 

    Under the guidance of the skilled group leader (who is also a faculty member) students learn firsthand about the dynamics of small groups, and participate in therapeutic work while undertaking the unit. Students must complete set readings and undertake video viewing to help them analyse and reflect on the group processes they have observed. The Yalom model of group therapy is utilised to inform students’ theoretical understanding of the group processes within which they are engaged. Students must take PSY601 and PSY604 in consecutive trimesters in order to remain in the same group for both units.

  13. Practicum 4: Trainee clinic


    This unit has two components.

    1. Clinical practice and supervision 

    Students will be given the opportunity to undertake between 40* and 50 hours of supervised clinical practice, under supervision, either in the JNI Trainee Clinic (which offers low cost counselling services to the public), and/or in selected outplacements. Seeing real clients takes students a step towards the full professional role. Particular attention is devoted to client assessment and treatment planning; to skills of dealing with client resistance; and to issues of counter transference. Students will also receive between 10* and 13 hours of formal clinical supervision to assist them to process and manage their experience as counsellors and psychotherapists. Students will be required to write up cases to professional standard and to submit an AV recording for assessment and feedback. 

    *Standard hours are 50 (clinical) and 13 (supervision), which can be reduced to 40 and 10 if some clinical hours have been done in CLN501. 

    2. Individual Support and Learning Sessions (ISLSs) 

    Students will be required to make arrangements with the appropriate JNI staff member and JNI counselling graduate for twelve hours of individual sessions. These sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience how it is to be a client – an experience which will further enrich their training as therapists.

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

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

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.

Recognition

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

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