Counselling is the study of how to work with individuals to help and support them through listening and reflection to resolve personal, social or psychological challenges.

Subject overview

Our programmes develop students’ understanding and practice of counselling to enable them to develop careers as counsellors or integrate effective counselling skills into their existing roles. The theory of counselling and an overview of different approaches to counselling are the core of our programmes.

We also emphasise practical skills with practicum work where students are supervised by counselling professionals. Students are introduced to research that underpins counselling practice, and are given the opportunity to study research methods to take their study further.

Where can Counselling take you?

With a counselling qualification, you can work as a counselling professional or use your skills in other roles such as teaching, social work or health services.

Employment opportunities may include:

  • Counsellor in private practice
  • Counsellor in schools or tertiary institutions
  • Counsellor in government agencies (such as Corrections or ACC)
  • Human resource counsellor
  • Health and welfare services counsellor

Explore your study options in Counselling