Master of Counselling (Advanced)

Academic Programmes

  • Accredited and awarded by Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Organised by the Executive Counselling and Training Academy in Academic partnership with Mount Elizabeth Hospital and Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • The Master of Counselling (Advanced) is recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • The Master of Counselling offered at the Hawthorn, Australia campus of Swinburne University of Technology is equivalent to the Master of Counselling (Advanced) offered in Singapore in partnership with ECTA.

Master of Counselling (Advanced)

Pre Requisite :

Completed Graduate Certificate of CounsellingCompleted Graduate Diploma of Counselling

The Master of Counselling (Advanced) is a 12-month course. It is the third and final stage of a 24-month “nested suite” course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Counselling, and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Total Credit Points: 100.0

Course Structure

COURSE STRUCTURECredit Points (CP)

PSC80010: Advanced Counselling Theories25.0

PSC80011: Professional Practice & Counselling Settings25.0

PSC80004: Advanced Counselling Placement25.0

Electives

PSC80012: Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions25.0

PSC80005: Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions25.0

Awarded with a Master of Counselling (Advanced) CP: 100.0

Course Aims

The Master of Counselling (Advanced) is jointly offered by the Swinburne University of Technology and the Executive Counselling and Training Academy. The programme is specifically designed to deepen counselling knowledge mastery and heighten skills-performance. Apart from keeping abreast of new and emerging counselling theories, our interns will have ample opportunities to explore and analyse advanced intervention models and approaches and apply them in various authentic counselling settings.

The Master of Counselling (Advanced) programme is taught and facilitated by academics with extensive clinical and field experience, and is awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology. The programme which can be completed in 24 months provides a professional qualification and is suitable for professionals involved in human resources, health, social services, and education. Professionals who are keen to enhance their communication and listening skills as well as further hone their skills in helping others to grow, will learn to transform their natural talents, abilities and inclinations towards a rewarding professional career.

An integral component of the programme is its 1000 contact hours, which include 492 lecture contact hours; 23 hours of individual supervision; 39 hours of group supervision; and 100 hours of client counselling during Practicum placements.

Other features of the course outside of these contact hours include counselling-related learning, such as clinical experiences at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, observations and activities at Child Guidance Clinic, Institute of Mental Health, Family Service Centres, case note documentation, attendance at conferences and meetings as well as participation in discussions on case management with families, educators, social workers, doctors, psychiatrists and other professionals involved in mental health.

The main objectives of the programme are to ensure the acquisition of an advanced level of knowledge of key counselling approaches; and the development of critical competencies for immediate application in counselling practice.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the counselling intern will be able to:

  1. apply counselling, psychotherapeutic and psychological theories at an advanced level;
  2. implement various counselling approaches especially in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Family Therapy;
  3. act as a professional counsellor in accordance with ethical guidelines and professional boundaries;
  4. apply process of self monitoring, self examination and self awareness in on-going personal and professional development; and
  5. utilise a set of advanced interpersonal skills which emphasises processes of facilitation.

Duration

The Master of Counselling (Advanced) is a 12-month course. It is the third and final stage of a 24-month “nested suite” course that also includes Stage 1: Graduate Certificate of Counselling, and Stage 2: Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Lectures are held usually held on one weekday evening per week and some Saturdays for the full day.

Duration: Part-time, 12 months

Next Intake: 18 August 2018

CONTACT HOURS (568 Hours)

Lectures :277
Case Management :100
Group Dynamics & Interventions :24
Individual Supervision :12
Counselling Direct Contact Hours :60
Related Counselling Activities & Counselling Facilities: Experience :47
Personal Journal :48

Entry Requirements

This programme is an extension of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling and the Graduate Diploma of Counselling that are accredited and awarded by the Swinburne University of Technology.

Applicants may be accepted directly into the Master programme if they have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from a recognised university or institution. Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of 50% of the nested suite of courses.

Such applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to the decision of the Clinical and Academic Director of ECTA and approved by Swinburne University of Technology.

Selection is based on a interview and the applicant’s aptitude for the programme as determined by personal suitability academic qualifications and work experience. Each applicant will be expected to provide:

  1. evidence of a high standard of performance at the Graduate Diploma level;
  2. one character referee (the referee should have good knowledge on the applicant’s quality of work and personal suitability for the counselling programme);
  3. evidence of appropriate supervised counselling experience; and
  4. a written statement of 200 words of his/her reasons for wanting to develop his/her counselling competencies.

Lecturer : Students Ratio

Course Title: Master of Counselling (Advanced) 1 lecturer : 48 students
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
– Advanced Training in Congitive Behavioural Interventions (Elective)
1 lecturer : 25 students
Certificate in Family Therapy
– Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions (Elective)
1 lecturer : 25 students
Advanced Counselling Placement 1 lecturer : 25 students
Individual Supervision 1 supervisor : 1 student

Course Fees

Please refer to the Fee Payment Structure for more information.

Course Assessments

The course assessments are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Course Orientation and Administration of Pre-Course Counselling Session. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA.

PSC80010 / Advanced Counselling Theories (25.0 Credit Points)
2 Essays and 1 online Assessment are required for this unit

PSC80011 / Professional Practice and Counselling Settings (25.0 Credit Points)
1 Essay and 2 Case Studies required for this unit

PSC80004 / Advanced Counselling Placement (25.0 Credit Points)
Practicum log of counselling hours and clinical supervisor’s final report required

PSC80012 / Advanced Training in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions (25.0 Credit Points)
2 CBT Assignments required for this unit

or

PSC80005 / Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions (25.0 Credit Points)
2 FT Assignments required for this unit

Graduating Criteria

The graduation criteria are available in the Course Guidebook which will be given on the day of the Course Orientation and Administration of Pre-Course Counselling Sessions. Members of the public can have access to the information by calling or e-mailing ECTA.

Upon graduation, students will be awarded the Master of Counselling (Advanced). Please  click here  for sample certificate.

Teaching Methodology

Counselling interns will develop and enhance their counselling skills through an integrated approach based on lectures, role-plays, video-clip viewing, small group discussions and clinical supervision.

Registration

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