Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMCounselling
CRICOS code065140F
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton, Hong Kong, Singapore)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years, and enrolment must be continuous.
  • For students enrolled at Clayton via off-campus mode, EDF6531 requires compulsory attendance at a three-day (20-hour) residential school on the Clayton campus.


This course is designed to provide counselling knowledge and skills for professional people working in a range of education, community and service-related industries. The course is particularly suited to professional people with jobs in counselling in the human resources, health, social welfare and education industries, who wish to obtain a professional qualification in counselling.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge about major approaches to counselling
  • apply the skills developed in counselling practice immediately in the workplace
  • understand the ethical and professional issues in undertaking counselling as a profession.

Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. In the clinical setting students have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the director of psychology programs.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all uniform, equipment, travel and accommodation expenses incurred during clinical placement and will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Mandatory checks and security clearances

On commencing the program and prior to commencing their placement, students must submit a satisfactory Victorian government Working with Children CheckWorking with Children Check (

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and is recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling. Graduates are eligible to apply for full membership and/or the status of a registered counsellor in the Asian Professional Counselling Association (APCA) and for membership with the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.


This course consists of six 12-point coursework units.


Students must complete:

  • EDF6530 Introduction to counselling across the lifespan
  • EDF6531 Counselling for the professions
  • EDF6532 Assessment in counselling
  • EDF6533 Cognitive-behavioural approaches to crucial issues in living
  • EDF6540 Ethics in counselling
  • EDF6541 Field experience in counselling

Refer to the course map for the Master in Counselling for course progression advice.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling after successful completion of 24 points of study.


Master in Counselling