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Master of Pastoral Counselling

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Master of Pastoral Counselling

Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling [exit point only]

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CSU's Pastoral Counselling program qualifies individuals to undertake professional or highly skilled work in the field of Pastoral Counselling in settings such as pastoral and clinical counselling practise, church and community work, and lay or ordained ministry.

The Master of Pastoral Counselling is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Pastoral Counselling is designed to extend the academic qualifications of people working in pastoral and clinical counselling or ministry settings including clergy and laity. Pastoral care and counselling skills are exercised in a variety of institutional settings within the overall framework of the churches in Australia at the corporate and congregational levels of denominations, universities, military, corrective services, police, ambulance, trade and industry and like situations.

  • Career opportunities

    Pastoral counselling skills are exercised in a variety of institutional settings within the overall framework of the churches in Australia at the corporate and congregational levels of denominations, as well as universities, the military, corrective services, police, ambulance, trade and industry.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32) [Exit Point Only]
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428.

    Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling (64)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, 430, 432 and 433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the degree structure for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).

    Master of Pastoral Counselling (128)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies
    THL531 Pastoral Counselling Research Proposal
    THL625 Pastoral Counselling Dissertation (32)

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, 430, 432 and 433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the structure of the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).
    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of eight subjects as outlined in the structure for the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling (64).

    Master of Pastoral Counselling (Clinical) (128)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills +
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues +
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice (16)
    THL524 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Pastoral Counselling (16)
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    + THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites to THL428, 430, 432 and 433.

    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of four subjects as outlined in the structure of the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling (32).
    Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling following the satisfactory completion of eight subjects as outlined in the structure for the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling (64).

     

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL523 Pastoral Counselling Professional Practice
    THL531 Pastoral Counselling: Research Proposal
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL433 Pastoral Counselling: Mental Health and Trauma
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL520 Advanced Pastoral Counselling
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills

  • Admission information

    Applicants should:

    1. be able to demonstrate personal suitability to undertake professional practice as a pastoral counsellor, including self-awareness, relational capacity, personal ethical practice, being able to reflect on and learn from experience, and being open to positive and challenging feedback; and
    2. hold an undergraduate degree in theology, psychology or equivalent - applicants with degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply; or
    3. have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling at CSU; or
    4. hold a Graduate Diploma of Counselling from another institution; if so they may be required to complete the core subject theological component of the CSU Graduate Diploma of Theology before being granted admission to the Master of Arts (Pastoral Counselling).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    1700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOAPB
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJAPB

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 128cps as outlined in the structure of the degree.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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