Master of Counselling Social Work

Master of Counselling Social Work

The Master of Counselling Social Work at UNSW is a unique program designed for practising social workers to consolidate and further develop their counselling skills and knowledge in individual, couple, family and group contexts.

This degree takes a contextual and relational approach to counselling and builds on your existing professional social work experience, combining outstanding teaching and research with a commitment to social justice, reflective practice, and an orientation to strengths and resilience.

To learn more about this program, please download the brochure.

Flexible Delivery

The Master of Counselling Social Work is delivered over two years part-time, and is designed to fit around busy lives, with flexibility at its core. Through a combination of online delivery and weekend intensives, it is easily accessible for students who have work and family commitments, or who live outside of Sydney.

Face to face classes are scheduled on campus in full and part day intensives. Intensives are complemented by weekly on-line learning and interactive web-based tutorials facilitated by your teaching staff.

Maximise Your Learning

Our leading academics combine significant industry experience with dynamic teaching strategies. Throughout the program, you’ll focus on family sensitive practise, the promotion of resilience and counselling methods orientated to clients’ strengths.

You’ll also study relevant counselling frameworks, including interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural, systemic family therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness.

The degree explores key aspects of approaches such as psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma-based approaches and couple therapy. Students engage with in-depth analysis of their own counselling practice in small consultation groups. A participatory format is used in theory and practice seminars and intensives.

 

Your Career

The Master of Counselling Social Work provides an advanced study qualification and supports continued professional development including essential aspects of working as an AASW Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. The program is also a direct pathway to the UNSW Professional Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) or PhD study.

There are many areas of social work practice, and various ways that social workers work toward change – from counselling and advocacy for individuals and families to community work and social development, to research and advocacy for social justice. Graduates of this program make an impact on groups and individuals in a wide range of areas.

There are many areas of social work practice, and various ways that social workers work toward change – from counselling and advocacy for individuals and families to community work and social development, to research and advocacy for social justice. Graduates of this program make an impact on groups and individuals in a wide range of areas.

What Our Alumni Say

Mali Alumni Counselling Social Work

“Studying the Master of Counselling Social Work at UNSW was the best thing I have done for my career in social work. The course really developed my skills in counselling and has added so much to what I can offer the people I work with.”

- Mali Newman-Plant, Social Worker at St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, Master of Counselling Social Work alumna