Master of Counselling

There has never been a better time for you to become a counsellor or further develop your counselling qualifications. The need for counsellors in Australia has never been greater. Increasing societal pressures have created a massive need in our communities for qualified counsellors. As a counsellor, you’ll be doing what you love and have a lot of career opportunities for you in this rewarding field.


We’ve helped people from all sorts of backgrounds become counsellors. Our Masters students come from a variety of backgrounds. With a prior undergraduate (Bachelor) degree in counselling or any field, some are seeking to utilise counselling skills in their current profession in education, nursing, ministry or corrective services. Some are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession. While others already have a Bachelor degree in counselling and are looking to extend their knowledge and skills further.


As a counsellor with a Master of Counselling, there are many opportunities for you as an employee or in private practice. You can make a real difference in areas such as grief and loss; relationships; abuse; youth and adolescents; family; stress; trauma recovery; addictions; mental health and many more.


Our Master of Counselling is available to anyone with an undergraduate Bachelor qualification in any field. The course has been specifically designed this way to provide a learning pathway at a higher educational level commensurate with the student’s prior demonstrated abilities. The Master of Counselling can be studied either full or part time, allowing you to progress at a speed that suits you; either moderately according to your lifestyle commitments, or faster if you wish to gain your Master qualification more quickly.


The course is completed externally by working through your course material at home. This is particularly useful if you have other obligations in your life that occupy your time.


Irrespective of your reasons to contact us, it's your natural desire and ability to help others that we seek to evolve and formalise through our tertiary education. AIPC’s Master of Counselling provides a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional tertiary education offered by Universities.


So, no matter where you live or how busy you are, we make it possible for you to achieve your Master of Counselling.

The Master of Counselling provides a means for professional people from all backgrounds to attain a high level counselling qualification. AIPC has been at the forefront of the Counselling industry for almost 25 years. We’ve invested significant time in developing a unique program that intricately and progressively teaches Counselling theory and applications to provide graduates with a strong, thorough knowledge and skill base.


The Institute is approved as a Higher Education Provider (Provider Number: PRV12083) by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) with its higher education courses also being accredited by TEQSA.


At the completion of all subjects, the Master of Counselling qualification is awarded by Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors Pty Ltd ATF AIPC Trust T/As Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors.


The Institute is also approved to as a Higher Education Provider for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), so you can choose to pay your subject fees via the FEE-HELP system. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees.


The Master of Counselling is equivalent in terms of its academic standing to any Master program in Counselling offered by a University. Additionally, AIPC’s Master of Counselling has also attained industry accreditation through the Australian Counselling Association.


The Institute’s Master of Counselling is the ideal path for professionals to acquire a tertiary counselling qualification.


The Master of Counselling is a careful blend of theory and practical application. Theory is learnt through user-friendly learning materials that have been carefully designed to make your studies as accessible and conducive to learning as possible.


The course and its subjects are structured to progressively develop your knowledge and skills from foundational, theoretical concepts through to more complex concepts and advanced skills and applications.


Subjects in the first year of the course focus on foundational counselling topics such as the profession of counselling, therapeutic relationships, the process of counselling, counselling micro skills, ethical considerations and reflective practice for the counselling professional. A range of contemporary therapeutic approaches to counselling are covered to establish a strong therapeutic base, along with assessment tools and methods appropriate to the counselling setting.


Second Year subjects integrate specialist knowledge and skills with focussed application in areas such as Crisis and Trauma, Loss and Grief, Alcohol & Other Drugs, Families & Couples, and Children & Adolescents. You will also complete a work placement and practical project in a counselling environment.


On completion, you will have the capacity to apply counselling theory and skills in an intentional and mindful manner. You will have the ability to evaluate and apply a variety of counselling skills and approaches according to the presenting issues of your client. You will also have the ability to analyse counselling issues with consideration to broader cultural perspectives and will be equipped to make a natural transition to the role of Counsellor.

Below is the subject outline for AIPC's Master of Counselling.


Year 1
Semester 1 Semester 2

MC01 - Introduction to Counselling

MC05 - Counselling & Human Development

MC02 - Counselling Process

MC06 - Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

MC03 - Counselling Skills

MC07 - Collaborative & Competency Based Approaches

MC04 - Ethics & Reflective Practice

MC08 - Assessment & Case Conceptualisation

Year 2
Semester 1 Semester 2





MC09 Research Methods in Counselling

MC10 Counselling Placement & Capstone Project


MC11 Counselling Interventions for Crisis & Trauma

MC12 Counselling for Families & Couples

MC13 Counselling Children & Adolescents

MC14 Counselling for Alcohol & Other Drugs

MC15 Counselling for Loss & Grief


  1. The information included in this Course Outline is indicative of the final curriculum but may not necessarily contain all units necessary for completion of the course. The Institute periodically revises the curriculum to maintain its position at the forefront of the counselling industry. Any changes, upgrades or expansions to the curriculum will be instigated in such a way that your studies are affected as little as possible.
  2. The Institute also offers an optional third semester between November and February for students who like to study all year round.
  3. Please note that the Institute offers a wide range of subjects each semester. Not all subjects are available every semester.

*Electives offered each semester are at the Institute’s discretion.


Recognition of Prior Learning


Graduates of the Institute’s Bachelor of Counselling receive credit for the following subjects in the Master of Counselling:


MC01 Introduction to Counselling

MC02 Counselling Process

MC03 Counselling Skills

MC04 Ethics and Reflective Practice


Graduates and students of other Bachelor courses in Counselling are able to apply for credit of subjects in the Master of Counselling and are eligible to receive credit equivalent to up to one semester of subjects (ie, four x 6 credit point subjects, or 2 x 6 credit point subjects and 1 x 12 credit point subject).


Students who have been working within a counselling environment for a number of years are able to apply for recognition of prior learning based on their experience.


If credit is provided, students are not required to pay the fee for the subjects in which credit is obtained.

The Institute sets the benchmark for service and support in external counselling studies in Australia. We are the only counselling educator in Australia to offer a complete external study support system, developed over many years of research and continuous feedback from students.


External doesn’t mean distant


Whilst we specialise in external education, support is always close at hand through phone call or email. No matter where you live, our dedicated academic and administrative staff are keen to assist you with your needs.


Toll Free Study Assistance with Qualified Lecturers


You have unlimited access to the Institute’s Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line. Our highly qualified Lecturers are there to assist you with academic support throughout the semester. This includes providing teaching and guidance on specific concepts if you feel you need further explanation, clarifying questions on assignment topics, and personal coaching on assignment writing. Students are advised by their respective Lecturer at the commencement of each semester of their individual availability.


You are also able to email your Lecturer at any time with your study query and will receive a response within one working day.


Practical Experience


The Master of Counselling is structured to ensure you graduate with a high level of practical skill so you can apply your counselling knowledge with confidence. Some subjects of the course require attendance at compulsory Residential Schools covering a range of topics including Counselling Process, Counselling Skills, Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Counselling, and Collaborative and Competency-Based Counselling Approaches.


The Residential Schools are scheduled at the end of each semester and conducted from our specialist Higher Education Campus in Brisbane, Australia. Residential Schools are a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of your Lecturer. To help facilitate your learning, our Residential Schools use case scenarios relating to everyday, contemporary issues and provide a wonderful supportive forum for group discussion, interaction and reflection.


If studying full time, you complete between 5 and 10 days at a Residential School at the end of each semester. Not all subjects include a Residential School component. If you are studying part time, you only need to attend the days of the Residential School allocated to the specific subject.


The following table shows how much time is allocated for the Residential School for relevant subjects:


 Subjects Residential School


Counselling Process

2.5 days


Counselling Skills

2.5 days


Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches to Counselling

5 days


Collaborative and Competency Based Counselling Approaches

5 days


Work Placement and Capstone Project


The Master of Counselling includes a Work Placement and Capstone Project where you undertake clinical practice in a work setting and complete a real-world counselling project. A counselling placement is essential in assisting the transition from application in a simulated setting to real practice.


The Practicum involves the completion of 12 hours work each week for 12 weeks along with 24 hours to attend individual counselling supervision with the workplace supervisor and group supervision by teleconference with the Lecturer.


The Institute has a network of community organisations and counselling practices to approach to set up the placement for you. The Institute facilitates initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement. The Institute provides guidelines to students on how to approach agencies, assists with initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement to ensure everything is progressing smoothly.




Some subjects within the Master of Counselling include progressive participation in Teleconverences. Teleconferences provide an interactive and stimulating teaching environment based on discussion of concepts and ideas to encourage the transition from teaching to practice. Teleclasses are scheduled during early evenings and are facilitated by the Lecturer.


Institute Web Site


The Institute website contains a Higher Education Learning Portal where you can access many study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Contact your Lecturer for study assistance;
  • Log onto the Institute’s Online Library to search and borrow from the Library Catalogue and access the electronic journals and ebooks.
  • Download details of Residential Schools and Teleconferences.
Unique Resources to expand your learning


The Institute has developed a range of unique resources to help you expand your knowledge and practical skills throughout your studies.


As a student you receive a complimentary subscription to The Professional Therapist magazine. The Professional Therapist is an industry publication full of practical case studies and counselling scenarios to hone your skills and broaden your knowledge.


Capitalising on the accessibility of the internet, the Institute has developed two websites to complement your studies. The Institute’s Articles site at is an online facility where you can browse numerous articles on a variety of counselling topics. And Counselling Connection, the Institute’s official blog at, assists you with accessing the latest information about counselling and what’s happening in the industry.

The Institute's Master of Counselling is the most cost effective way to gain a postgraduate counselling qualification. The Master of Counselling has 14 subjects and the current investment per subject is just $2,500. Plus you do not pay the subject cost for subject in which you receive credit.


The Institute is also approved as a Higher Education Provider for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), so you can choose to pay your subject fees via the FEE-HELP system. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees.


If you choose to pay your subjects fees using FEE-HELP, the Australian Government pays the amount of the tuition (subject) fee to the Institute and you then repay the loan through the Australian taxation system once your annual income is at a minimum amount.


You can find out more about FEE-HELP from the Government "Study Assist" website at


You also have the option of paying your subject fees direction to the Institute each semester for the subject in which you are enrolled. Or alternatively, you may choose a combination of funding part of your subject fees through FEE-HELP and paying the remainder yourself. As you can see, the choice is yours.

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You can apply for entry to the Master of Counselling course if you have an undergraduate Bachelor degree in any field.


Further, if you have a Bachelor degree in counselling, you can apply for up to one semester of credit (24 credit points) from your previous studies.


With your application, you will need to include a short Essay describing why you would like to study counselling and attributes you have which may affect your study of counselling, along with details of a professional Referee.


After receipt of your application and if your application meets the minimum educational requirements to gain entry to the course, we will contact your nominated Referee and conduct a reference check.


The Institute only accepts three intakes of students in March, July and November each year into the Master of Counselling. You are able to send in your application for entry up until the date shown on the Application Form. All applications are assessed on a first in, first served basis and student numbers are limited so that we can maintain a low lecturer:student ratio. So it is in your best interests to send in your application as soon as you have made your decision to apply for entry into the Master of Counselling.


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