Course Aims

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.