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The two-paper Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling offers specialist postgraduate education in either family and relationship counselling or counselling supervision. The qualification is designed for experienced counselling and social service practitioners who have already received professional education.

The postgraduate certificates combine online learning and on-campus learning. This approach provides for students in more distant settings from Hamilton who are interested in learning about the ideas that we are teaching.

Enquires are now welcome for the PGCertCouns (Counselling Supervision).

The two papers within the PGCertCouns (Counselling Supervision) are offered over two years:

COUNS547 Counselling Supervision is offered in 2020, with COUNS548 Supervision Practice to be offered in 2021.

Please see below (under "Papers") for further details.

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Key information

Area of Study:

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COUNS540Working with Groups30.021B (Block)
This paper explores dialogic group processes with selected kinds of groups. Students will be given the opportunity to develop group membership and leadership roles through observation, participation and evaluation during an experiential workshop format and through on-line discussion and assignments.
COUNS541Counselling Skills30.021X (Block)
This paper provides the opportunity for students to develop competence in basic relational and conversational skills of counselling within a narrative perspective. Students will develop a repertoire of counselling skills which are relevant in a variety of contexts. Video feedback and peer supervision will be used.
COUNS542Counselling Practicum30.021X (Hamilton)
This paper requires 450 counselling hours in an agency, organisation or school. This paper is taught partially online. It is a compulsory paper for the MCouns and is available only to students enrolled in this programme. Students must arrange their own practicum placement in order to meet course requirements. The arrangements must ...
COUNS543Counselling Young People and Families30.021B (Block)
This paper extends the narrative counselling skills taught in COUNS541. Its particular focus is counselling children, young people, families and couples.
COUNS544Discourse and Counselling Psychologies30.021X (Block)
This paper offers a constructionist perspective on counselling and includes consideration of psychological theories which have influenced counselling practice. Students will be introduced to concepts which enable analysis of therapeutic conversations.
COUNS545Professional Practice of Counselling30.021X (Block)
This paper is designed to bring together the narrative theory and practice issues arising in COUNS542. Students will meet on campus at regular intervals throughout the year to present examples of their work with clients, to participate in peer consultation and to address common problems related concerns that are present in their co...
COUNS546Conflict Resolution: Restorative Approaches30.021B (Block)
This paper develops the skills of facilitating conflict resolution using mediation, conferencing and other types of restorative and generative conversations in families, schools and other contexts. A narrative perspective on conflict resolution features strongly in the paper.
COUNS548Supervision Practice30.021D (Block)
This paper is an introduction to the practices of counselling supervision from a narrative stance, including reflecting on team supervision.
COUNS549Counselling and Contexts30.021H (Block)
This paper provides an overview of counselling practice and its contexts, including an optional module on school counselling. It teaches the skills and ethical perspectives of collaborative approaches to counselling, offering a particular introduction to narrative therapy.

Selection for the PGCert programmes is based on the following criteria:

  • An approved undergraduate degree
  • An approved counselling or social practice qualification
  • Five years’ experience in counselling or social practice
  • Current membership of a recognised professional association in counselling or social work
  • Access to suitable ongoing practice.

The regulations allow for application from very experienced professionals who do not meet all the above criteria.

Additional application documents:

Application Form - Supervision (Due November 30 2019)

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