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The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling intends to include an APAC accredited undergraduate major sequence in psychology, and a PACFA accredited major in counselling and psychotherapy. Students graduating from the course exit with eligibility to attain membership with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and can begin practicing as a counsellor immediately after graduation. The course is also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and provides further education pathways into APAC accredited 4th year psychology courses.
Both counselling and psychology are evidence-informed, relational disciplines. The Bachelor of Psychology and Counselling at Cairnmillar provides a unique synthesis of the science-practitioner and reflective-practitioner models. The course develops the skills, knowledge and personal capacities required for critically reflective, ethically aware professional practice. The course takes a trauma-informed, person-centred perspective. Students will explore counselling and psychological theories, human development across the lifespan, social psychology and foundational principles in cognition and neuroscience. Skills in assessment, intervention and treatment planning will be developed. The curriculum allows students an opportunity to explore the fields of health psychology, organisational behaviour, and group facilitation skills. Students will also undertake two placement units and will engage in at least 40 hours of direct counselling experience with clients.
All teaching staff are experienced practitioners or researchers who are committed to advancing the fields of psychology and counselling through their own work and their interaction with students.
We are committed to making your experience at Cairnmillar one that continues to assist you beyond your degree. We aim to provide you with skills beyond what you will gain through the units of study, including: