Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling
Australian College of Applied Psychology
Combined with Counselling, this specialised double major degree will be of benefit to students seeking to work in the broad area of applied psychology.
Data from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing indicates that about one in four to five Australians will meet criteria for a mental illness in a 12 month period. This program provides the first three years of the six years of training required for registration as a psychologist.
The double major degree will also be of benefit to students seeking to work specifically in counselling roles due to the inclusion of dedicated counselling theory and practice units included in this program.
This degree also provides a pathway into graduate-entry studies in a range of fields, such as occupational therapy and rehabilitation counselling.
The double major structure
The psychology major provides a comprehensive education in the theories and models underpinning the critical and analytical thinking, research methodology, design and analysis necessary for conducting and evaluating psychological research. The psychology major also introduces students to the applications of psychological theory.
The counselling major provides the knowledge, theoretical concepts and best practices pertinent to counselling, specifically in areas relating to theoretical approaches to therapeutic change, clinical skills, approaches to understanding mental health, counselling practice in fields of alcohol and other drug and in grief and trauma. The counselling major complements students' knowledge of psychology and their understanding of behaviour through psychological approaches.
Placement for job-readiness
The two field placement units included in the counselling major provide substantial practical supervised counselling experience to prepare graduates for employment as a counsellor in non-profit agencies, government, schools, commercial settings, and private practice (after additional study and experience).
What will I learn?
Areas of study include:
Research methods in psychology
Theories of personality
Learning and memory
Perception and cognition
Intercultural diversity and Indigenous psychology
Professional issues and applications in psychology
Counselling skills, theories and models
Ethical frameworks and decision-making
Group counselling process
Alcohol and other drugs
The Psychology Study Sequence
It takes six years to become eligible for registration as a psychologist in Australia. This time may consist of:
Six years of accredited study, or;
Five years of accredited study and one year of supervised practice, or;
Four years of accredited study and two years of supervised practice.
Career prospects in Psychology and Counselling
Unemployment is below the national average in both Psychology and Counselling in Australia.
Psychology is a large occupational field, consisting of 23,400 employed professionals. Job numbers have been increasing since 2012 and moderate growth is expected to continue to 2020. Between 10,000 and 25,000 job openings are forecasted, made up of new roles and incumbent turnover.
The number of Counselling roles in Australia has grown steadily in recent years, with very strong growth expected to 2020. Around 20,700 people are employed in the sector, mainly in Health Care, Social Assistance, Education and Training and Public Administration and Safety. Part-time work is common in Counselling, though more than half of its current workforce are in full-time positions.
- Start date 28-MAY-2018,17-SEP-2018
- Duration 3 years
- International Cost AUD $20344 per year
- Qualification Bachelor degree
- Study mode Full time