Course outline

It is taught by academics with extensive experience of working as professional counsellors/psychologists.

This course is designed to prepare students to become registered counsellors in settings such as community mental health, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice. The course is also suitable for people already working in various professions who may wish to utilise counselling skills in roles such as teaching, social work and human resources. A distinctive feature of the course is its focus on preparing students to be culturally competent counsellors in Malaysia and the region.

This course requires students to undertake 504 hours of clinical placements, including a minimum of 192 hours of client contact. Through these mandatory placements, students have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision in clinical settings.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by

  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA)
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

The course has also been submitted to The Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia) for accreditation.

Areas of study

  • Counselling practice and theory
  • Human growth and lifespan development
  • Mental health issues: grief, trauma and substance abuse
  • Counselling in a multicultural context
  • Children and adolescents counselling
  • Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling skills: individuals and couples
  • Ethics and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  • Group counselling skills and psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Advanced Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling research design, statistics and program evaluation
  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Counselling practicum
  • Research project in counselling
  • Counselling Internship

Course structure

This course consists of advance preparatory units, core units and application units.

Requirements

Students must complete:

1. Four advanced preparatory units (24 points)

  • Counselling practice and theory
  • Human growth and lifespan development
  • Mental health issues: grief, trauma and substance abuse
  • Counselling in a multicultural context

2. Eight core units (48 points)

  • Children and adolescents counselling
  • Personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling skills: individuals and couples
  • Ethics and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  • Group counselling skills and psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Advanced personnel and career development counselling
  • Counselling research design, statistics and program evaluation

3. Four application units (24 points)

  • Psychological assessment and measurement
  • Counselling practicum
  • Research project in counselling
  • Counselling Internship

Mode of study

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Classes are held on weekdays during the day, no weekend classes. All students are expected to be available during scheduled class times)

Expected course outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge of evidence-based theories and frameworks related to the major schools of counselling and psychotherapy
  2. Relate appropriate therapeutic approaches and strategies to the corresponding developmental stages across childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing
  3. Demonstrate capacity in synthesising and communicating ideas at an advanced academic level
  4. Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in all aspects of professional counselling
  5. Develop a deeper understanding of self, personal values and preferred styles of counselling
  6. Assess clients both formally and informally through individual, family, group and career counselling
  7. Apply the knowledge and skills developed in counselling practice in a workplace setting
  8. Recognise the ethical and professional issues in counselling and psychology
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate research approaches and apply research and evaluation skills in the contexts of research, report writing, case notes and referrals

Career opportunities

  • On completion of the course, graduates should be able to work as counsellors with an advanced level of knowledge, and be cognisant of the professional issues involved in undertaking counselling as a profession in Malaysia and the region. Graduates would be able to work in settings such as community mental health clinics, schools, health centers, workplaces, and in private practice.

Duration

  • The Master of Professional Counselling degree can be undertaken over two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Intake periods for 2018

  • February and July

Credit

  • No credit transfer applications will be accepted

Programme fees

In 2018, full *tuition fees for this course are:

  • RM65,000 for Malaysian students (full course)
  • RM71,500 for international students. (full course)

Once-only fees

  • Application - RM100
  • Registration - RM200

Per-semester fee

  • General amenities - RM100

Visa application fee for new international student

  • Indonesia - RM 3,360
  • Other countries - RM 2,380

Entry requirements

 Applicants must have successfully completed a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent qualification with credit average (60%), submit referee reports(two academics) and must attend an interview.

English language requirements

Applicant must also meet the University’s English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall test score of 6.5 with individual band scores not less than 6 or an internet-based TOEFL score of 79 overall with minimum scores of :

  • Listening 12
  • Reading 13
  • Speaking 18
  • Writing 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL score of 550 overall with Test of Written English (TWE): 4.5

Sound English language skills are required for all academic programs at Monash. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Studying English at Year 12 or equivalent
  • Studying at an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English Proficiency Tests
  • Monash English Bridging.

If you have achieved more than one of the English language requirements over a period of time, only the most recent demonstration of English proficiency will be considered.

Special requirements

You must meet specific English language requirements when applying for our master’s and doctoral research degrees.

Submission of evidence

You must submit full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency with your application for candidature. If your first language is not English, or where degree qualifications were not undertaken in the English language, Monash reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
  5. For scholarship opportunities, please browse through our webpage postgradasia.com to find out local and international opportunities. 
  6. Encourage to visit https://www.monash.edu/ for deeper and more information.

Contact

General enquiries

  • Tel: +60 3 5514 6000
  • Fax: +60 3 5514 6001
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