Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Study Mode: On-Campus, Distance Learning
Campus Locations: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth (domestic students only)
Attendance Mode: Full-time, Part-time

CRICOS Code: 094685K
AQF Level 7

Counselling and Psychotherapy is professionally regarded as the most sophisticated approach to clinical practice with clients. It is a multidisciplinary approach, which means it is a psychotherapy that considers equally the biological, cultural, sociological, psychological, philosophical, spiritual, and psychodynamic factors when working with people. While the course therefore draws from all these diverse fields, it is in teaching the integration of these disciplines that makes the Ikon syllabus on par with the most advanced and up-to-date research and practice in psychotherapy available today.

Key Information

T1 22 Application Close Date: Saturday 22 January 2022

AWARD

Bachelor of
Counselling and Psychotherapy

DURATION

3 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)

INTAKES

February
May
September

CAMPUSES

Adelaide
Brisbane
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

STUDY MODE

Overview

 

The Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy is designed to provide graduates with a broad and coherent body of knowledge relating to the field of psychotherapy, with a specific emphasis to embed a conceptual framework and model of psychotherapeutic practice for the ‘whole person’.

This degree provides you with the practical skills and theoretical foundation you need to integrate Psychotherapy into your existing vocation or to establish a new career as a private practitioner. This unique course is inclusive of traditional healing methods and incorporates, in a live fashion, cutting edge science.  You will learn to assist your clients in moving forward in a healing and holistic sense.

Through your personal experiential learning and personal development, you will learn the skills to personally engage with each and every client. You will learn various approaches and techniques and most importantly learn to adapt and utilise your knowledge and approach to the needs of your client with a unique and specialised Mind, Body and Spirit approach.

At Ikon, we place a huge emphasis on Psychotherapy (understanding one’s self) as well as giving you the skills to be both an excellent theoretical practitioner and a wonderful human. We recognise that with just the theoretical knowledge alone, you are likely to have a limited capacity to make a great counsellor.

This course meets the required guidelines as specified by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

This qualification is FEE-HELP approved for eligible applicants.

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Face to face delivery is an essential part of quality learning. Ikon’s experienced teaching staff will support you during your studies and share a variety of real-life approaches and experiences to help you develop your professional skills, and feel confident and career-ready, upon completion of your course.

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Student support through the entire lifecycle of your learning, with our dedicated team of Student Counsellors and Academic staff

Course Structure

What will I learn?

  • A holistic approach, involving sophisticated notions of integration relating to people and problems.
  • A focus on people in their dynamic and multidimensional lives.
  • A strong emphasis on creating competence in understanding and applying new and viable practices and theories in mental health, including current controversies and emerging technologies (e.g. consciousness research, transpersonal perspectives and psychobiology).
  • Excellence in the ability to effectively manage encounters with clients and other professionals through establishment of competence in fundamental communication and counselling skills.
  • A sharply honed attention to critical and philosophical analysis of the foundations of psychotherapeutic and disciplinary knowledge, theories and assumptions. Learning how to think clearly, to reason and also appreciating clinical intuition and insight.
  • An emphasis on personal and professional development through engagement with supervision, self-reflective and insight generating processes. This facilitates a sophisticated comprehension of the relationship between the professional as a person, the practice of psychotherapy, and the engagement of clients.

Study Sequence

The course consists of 24 subjects including three elective subjects, plus a 240-hour placement. You must successfully complete all subjects to graduate with the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy (144 credit points).

Each academic year consists of three study periods called trimesters. Each trimester consists of twelve weeks of teaching plus one exam week.

A full-time study load is typically nine subjects per year.
A part-time study load is typically five subjects per year.

Click here to see a typical full-time study plan

 

Delivery & Workload

Course delivery for the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy is a combination of  lectures, tutorials,  self-directed study and workplace learning.

You should allow for 3 hours per subject for lectures and tutorials. For each subject, you should then spend approximately 10 hours per week for self-directed study to complete prescribed readings, practice skills, research, study and complete assessments.

Interested in studying this course online? Click here to learn more about our distance learning options.

Subjects

Year 1

Introduction to Integrative Psychotherapy   

In this subject, students will explore the intellectual foundations of integrative approaches to Psychotherapy. This subject will develop an intellectual foundation for integrative world views exploring the ontological assumptions of various approaches to psychotherapy. This subject will demonstrate the historical development of integrative psychotherapy and its role in the current psychotherapeutic landscape. This subject will explore the problems and modes of integrative thinking in psychotherapy and develop a foundational view of integrative psychotherapy that will be used throughout the degree.

Subject Code: PSYC102

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

PSYC103 Models of Therapeutic Practice 1 

Students will develop a working understanding of a number of the principal paradigms that promote growth, healing and psychotherapeutic change. Students will learn to recognise major theoretical perspectives, concepts and explanatory frameworks employed within psychotherapy. There will be a central focus on how to compare therapies with respect to their conceptual and theoretical structure, evidential basis, conditions of application (problem- and client-types) and philosophical assumptions. The models studied are all contextualised within an integrative case formulation framework, and are considered as different metaphors for the organisation of mind.

Subject Code: PSYC103

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 1

This subject has as its focus the knowledge and skills required to practice as a psychotherapist within the designated professional ethical, legal and professional standards as set down by the peak accrediting bodies within the field of psychotherapy/arts psychotherapy. The subject requires the student to examine their own personal values and belief systems as a foundation for the development of professional ethical practice.

The ethical, political and legal context of psychotherapeutic practice will be explored through case studies, professional situations and duty of care issues in contemporary therapy practice. There is an emphasis on the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to practice ethically and legally as a therapist including self-reflection of the practitioner’s own values. Skill development includes understanding of how to work with confidentiality, informed consent, themes of power, and practice boundaries.

Subject Code: PSYC801

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Models of Therapeutic Practice 2  

In this subject, students will develop a working understanding of a number of other principal paradigms that promote growth, healing and psychotherapeutic change, that augment their understanding gained in the Models of Therapeutic Practice 1 subject. Students will learn to recognise major theoretical perspectives, concepts and explanatory frameworks employed within psychotherapy. There will be a central focus on how to compare therapies with respect to their conceptual and theoretical structure, evidential basis, conditions of application (problem- and client-types) and philosophical assumptions. The models studied are all contextualised within an integrative case formulation framework.

Subject Code: PSYC105

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Case Conceptualisation 1  

This subject explores case management and conceptualisation. Students will examine the foundations of the case conceptualisation process to enable them to progressively map and work with the varied elements of a client’s experience. Conceptualisation frameworks will be introduced that enable students to integrate a range of appropriate theories and techniques. An integrative approach will be developed in order to reflect contemporary developments in research, theory and practice in an interdisciplinary framework.

Subject Code: PSYC104

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC103, PSYC802

Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1 

In this subject, students will be introduced to the fundamental theory and practice that underlies the effective psychotherapeutic practice. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the role of psychotherapy in society. They will reflect on their own acculturation and the ways in which this might influence their practice. Students will be introduced to the notion of relationality, and explore why it is foundational to the therapeutic change process.

At a practical level, students will witness demonstrations of certain key therapeutic skills essential to effective psychotherapy, and also engage in exercises designed to develop these basic skills. In addition to a strong emphasis on skills-based learning, this subject will focus on the areas such as therapeutic relationship building, communication, empathy and transference / counter-transference issues.

Subject Code: PSYC802

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 2  

In this subject student’s will deepen their understanding of relationality as a foundational aspect of the therapeutic change process and to skills required to facilitate effective psychotherapy and support the therapeutic change process. This subject has a strong emphasis on the practice of inter-personal psychotherapy, it draws together the content of all previous subjects in practice and application.

Introduction to Integrative Psychotherapy
Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing
Models of Therapeutic Practice 1
Case Conceptualisation 1
Models of Therapeutic Practice 2
Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy
Foundations of Professional Competency
Introduction to Mental Health
Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy

Students will utilise experiential methods, including, triads and role-play to develop the basic concepts, techniques and practical skills required in psychotherapy, including conceptualisation in practice.

Subject Code: PSYC106

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC802

Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy  

This subject has as its focus the knowledge and skills required to practice as a psychotherapist within the designated professional ethical, legal and professional standards as set down by the peak accrediting bodies within the field of psychotherapy/arts psychotherapy. The subject requires the student to examine their own personal values and belief systems as a foundation for the development of professional ethical practice.

The ethical, political and legal context of psychotherapeutic practice will be explored through case studies, professional situations and duty of care issues in contemporary therapy practice. There is emphasis on the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to practice ethically and legally as a therapist including self-reflection of the practitioner’s own values. Skill development includes understanding of how to work with confidentiality, informed consent, themes of power, and practice boundaries.

Subject Code: SOSC801

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC802

Foundations of Scholarly Practice  

This subject explores with students the foundations of scholarly practice in higher education and its role in supporting a humanistic liberal arts education. Students will develop an understanding of how scholarly practice contributes to the development and organization of self and mind. The subject introduces, places into context, and develops skills in listening and speaking; reading and writing; reasoning, argumentation, and communication; the schematics of thought; reflective and reflexive thinking; metacognition and the development of self; communication and community; and the scientific method; and explantation of international and Australian trends to enable successful engagement in scholarly practice as a higher education student.

Subject Code: SOSC804

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Year 2

Altered State Techniques in Psychotherapy

This subject concerns state-specific knowledge and techniques, which derive from research on the nature of consciousness and states of consciousness. Specifically, it focuses on the ways in which human resources such as knowledge insight, health enhancement, problem-solving and self-realisation may be accessed through a range of states of consciousness, including those central to therapeutic imagery techniques, hypnosis, meditation, focusing and psycho-spiritual experience accessed in cultural medicine. The subject emphasises skill development in using Ericksonian-styles of state-change, Gendlin’s focusing and recent developments in the use of mindfulness formats in psychotherapy, medicine and psychiatry. These techniques, along with related methods, are placed in an integrative psychotherapeutic context.

Subject Code: PSYC203

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress

In this subject, students will gain an overview of the Australian mental health system and examine the role of the active participants therein, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and others. Students will explore the varied experiences of consumers utilising mental health services in Australia and identify the current strengths and weaknesses of that system. Students will learn about how the conceptions of normal and abnormal behaviour have developed historically. Students will focus on the historical emergence of systems of diagnosis (DSM / ICD10), their justifications, and criticisms. Students will learn to identify important terms and major categories of the current classification systems in psychopathology. They will also critically evaluate the changing role of psychopharmacology within the Australian mental health system. Finally, students will gain an understanding of the roles available to Ikon Graduates working within or alongside the Australian mental health system.

Subject Code: PSYC803

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Treatment of Grief and Loss in Psychotherapy

This subject will enable students to develop both a sound understanding and familiarity with the techniques of case management concerning central issues around grief, loss and bereavement in the psychotherapeutic process. This will involve acquisition of skills, knowledge and an understanding of appropriate interventions for different grief and loss contexts and presentations. The subject will also focus on the cultural, sociological, and ethical aspects of working with these themes.

Subject Code: PSYC204

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Please select “Electives” above below for available Elective subjects. Elective selection can differ depending on availability.

Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy

This subject will take a systems lens to psychotherapy focusing on the person: environment approach. Students will be introduced to General Systems Theory (GST) as the foundation for understanding the different systems that impact an individual’s wellbeing. The exploration of a systems approach will be undertaken within the philosophy of phenomenology. This subject will build on the knowledge of groups already covered in the course and provide a bridge between the introductory subject of Integrated Systems of Health and Wellbeing and the Eco-psychotherapy subject. Students will be introduced to the historical, as well as the contemporary, understanding and application of systems approaches in psychotherapy. The subject will commence with an exploration of broad eco-systems approach and move through a range of systems such as social/cultural/political systems, community/neighbourhood/tribal systems, family systems, couple systems and finally link to the earlier subject on individual psycho-biological systems. The subject will focus on developing theoretical understanding and an application of a systems approach to psychotherapy practice.

Subject Code: PSYC804

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Life Span Development

This subject will explore central issues, theories, and methods in the study of developmental psychology and life span development. An interdisciplinary approach is taken to go through the development of life from an evolutionary and cultural perspective. By focusing on evolution, embryology, attachment, and cultural history, students can gain a deeper awareness of how life develops with regard to concepts of nature and nurture. An overview is provided of abnormal development alongside the important developmental stages that human beings pass through – birth, infancy, adolescence, adulthood, seniority, dying and death.

Subject Code: PSYC805

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Psychotherapy & the Body in the Treatment of Trauma

In this subject, students will be introduced to the theory and practice that underlies the emergent area of trauma-focused and somatic informed psychotherapy. This subject will enable students to develop a sound introduction to the key areas concerning trauma treatment and practice. This subject will involve the acquisition of basic safety and stabilisation skills for trauma treatment and a working knowledge of the phases of trauma treatment and practice. Students will gain some understanding of appropriate interventions for trauma presentations across all three phases of trauma treatment, however, this subject as an introduction will be focused on phase one skills. The subject will also focus on the ethical aspects of working with these themes.

Subject Code: PSYC207

Credit Points: 6

Co-requisite Subjects: PSYC205

Narrative, Identity and Integrative Processes

This subject will introduce students to the core concepts and practices which focus on dealing with the notions of self, agency, autonomy, identity and narrative as they appear in psychotherapy. This subject draws from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to enable students to understand how these critical aspects of human experience may be considered and worked within a clinical setting. This subject is divided into two distinct phases. The first is theory-based and draws from the philosophy of mind, neuroscience, neuro-psycho-pathological studies and cognitive science. The second draws these into clinical relevance by engaging these ideas alongside the practices of narrative therapy and mentalization-based psychotherapy.

Subject Code: PSYC205

Credit Points: 6

Co-requisite Subjects: PSYC207

Case Conceptualisation 2

In this class, students will return to a formal focus on clinical thinking and clinical skills. This subject is designed as a seminar to allow students to workshop clinical matters drawn from live clinical cases. In this class, the teacher or students will workshop a case demonstrating a clear integrative conceptualisation and treatment plan. Any clinical issues or skill deficiencies that arise will then be workshopped and practiced in class. This class is designed to further prepare students for their clinical placement.

Subject Code: PSYC206

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC104

Year 3

Please select “Electives” above below for available Elective subjects. Elective selection can differ depending on availability.

Please select “Electives” above below for available Elective subjects. Elective selection can differ depending on availability.

Introduction to Research Methods

This subject focuses on providing students with a basic understanding of a wide range of research methods in psychotherapy. This module covers basic conceptual and practical issues in research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods of research. Students will develop a basic understanding of the role of empirical evidence and learn to reflect on, review and audit their professional practice. This subject carefully scaffolds students’ exposure to research methods in two ways: first, it is internally scaffolded by means of assessments that are appropriate to students’ level of learning and research within the subject; and second, it is externally scaffolded insofar as the subject as a whole serves as an undergraduate ‘apprenticeship’ in research that builds capacity for conducting research at a post-graduate level.

Subject Code: SOSC803

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Clinical Supervision 1

As practicum subjects prepare students with placements that parallel the clinical situations they are likely to encounter in their professional lives, it is crucial that students fully understand the role of supervision and engage with the process. Supervision will provide a safe, supportive space for students to critically reflect on their practice in light of the skills and knowledge covered in the course. There is a strong emphasis on students establishing effective self-care techniques into their practice.

Credit Points: 6

Placement 1 (120 hours) 

Supervised therapeutic work with clients as a ‘therapist in training’ is an essential part of the Bachelor of Arts Therapy. The Practicum subjects are delivered sequentially, within one placement setting, alongside the Clinical Supervision subject in the last trimester of second year. This will enable students to immerse themselves in their practice experience and develop safe and professional practice within a placement setting. A dedicated Placement Team will support students throughout their placement experience. Placement opportunities will be drawn from a variety of settings, including the opportunity for students to work with adults, children and groups.

Subject Code: PLAC905

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC102, PSYC102, PSYC801 PSYC105, PSYC106, SOSC802 PSYC206

Placement 2 (120 hours) 

Supervised therapeutic work with clients as a ‘therapist in training’ is an essential part of the Bachelor of Arts Therapy. The Practicum subjects are delivered sequentially, within one placement setting, alongside the Clinical Supervision subject in the last trimester of second year. This will enable students to immerse themselves in their practice experience and develop safe and professional practice within a placement setting. A dedicated Placement Team will support students throughout their placement experience. Placement opportunities will be drawn from a variety of settings, including the opportunity for students to work with adults, children and groups.

Subject Code: PLAC906

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: PSYC102, PSYC102, PSYC801 PSYC105, PSYC106, SOSC802 PSYC206

Electives

The following subjects are available to be studied as Electives, where available throughout the course:

Creative Art Modalities –
Introduction to Drama Therapy

This subject provides a firm introduction to dramatherapy utilising the core processes that inform this modality. Students will consider their dramatic histories before using role, story, projective techniques and a range of dramatic processes to further their dramatic development. Students will have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and conceptualise how the theatre arts may be used to explore and achieve therapeutic goals.

Subject Code: ARTS701

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

 

Creative Art Modalities –
Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy

This subject provides an overview of the foundational concepts and practices of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), which is understood as the relational and therapeutic use of dance and movement to further the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and cultural functioning of a person (www.dtaa.org.au).

In common with other arts therapies modalities, DMT focuses on individual expressivity within the therapeutic practice. It draws on the use of a range of theoretical premises from psychology and psychotherapy to support this. DMT differs from other arts modalities in that it uses the body as the prime instrument of creative expression, with dance and movement its main medium. DMT practice is centred on the essentialness of dance, aesthetics and the body-mind-feeling framework for a better understanding of human health and wellbeing. It works to establish and develop a therapeutic relationship through additional concepts that include kinaesthetic empathy, presence, attunement, witnessing and intersubjectivity.

Students will engage primarily in experiential learning to explore these core theoretical underpinnings and related embodied therapeutic processes. They will develop an awareness of themselves as embodied beings through engagement in improvised movement, the principal dance modality of DMT.

Subject Code: ARTS702

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Creative Art Modalities –
Introduction to Voice and Sound Therapy

Sound therapy is a relatively new healing technique that employs the vibrations of the human voice to go beyond relaxation and foster healing. This subject will prepare students to understand the history, foundations, and some of the key concepts of voice and sound therapy. Some sound therapists use external instruments, such as tuning forks or singing bowls. However, there is no tool more powerful for healing than the human voice. Students will engage in experiential work to explore how to free the voice and use it to fully express themselves in all aspects of their life. Through sound therapy, you just might be able to find the authority of your own true voice – and self.

Subject Code: ARTS703

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Psychotherapy with Difference Client Populations –
Psychotherapy with Young People

This subject has as its focus the knowledge and skills required to apply psychotherapy/arts psychotherapy to working with young people. The subject requires the student to develop an understanding of child and adolescent development, concerns facing young people in today’s society, common issues that young people may bring to therapy, best practice engagement strategies for working with young people in a therapeutic context and processes in working with this specific population group.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to understand how art-based engagement activities can be used to effectively build rapport and positive therapeutic relationships with young people.

There is also an emphasis on the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to work effectively with children and young people. Skill development also includes an understanding of how to work with relevant legislation, confidentiality, informed consent and duty of care with children and young people under the age of 18, and also how to effectively engage families, parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process.

Subject Code: PSYC701

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Psychotherapy with Difference Client Populations –
Psychotherapy with People with Addictive Behaviours

This subject has as its focus on the knowledge and skills required to apply psychotherapy/arts psychotherapy to working with addictive behaviours. The subject will support students to understand what constitutes an addiction, with a focus on both substance and behavioural addictions.

This subject enables students to develop a holistic understanding of addiction incorporating biological, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions. Additionally, students will be introduced to the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuation factors which may be contributing to the emergence and maintenance of addiction, the Stages of Change process, and the micro (individual and family) and macro (community, societal, legal and systemic) factors which can impact on working with clients’ lived experience of addiction. The subject requires the student to develop an understanding of, best practice engagement strategies for working with addictive behaviours in a therapeutic context.

There is also an emphasis on the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to work effectively with addictive behaviours. Skill development also includes understanding how to work with relevant legislation to ensure that Duty of Care obligations are being upheld and to work with carers, families and other service providers to ensure quality therapeutic engagement.

Subject Code: PSYC702

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations –
Psychotherapy with People with Disabilities

In this subject, students will acquire knowledge and skills for working with and alongside people with disability. Students will explore how the diverse, complex experiences of people with disability can be understood from multiple perspectives, and how their stories are told and re-told in different settings and in a variety of ways. Such acts of telling and retelling can be healing experiences, political expressions (‘the personal is political’), and/or instruments for social action and change.

This subject addresses the personal and professional competencies and attributes required to work effectively with children, adolescents and adults with disability. They include understanding how to work with relevant legislation; the complexities of interdisciplinary team work; ethical professional client-centred writing; and engaging with families, parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process.

In this subject, students will develop a working understanding of a number of other principal paradigms that promote

Subject Code: PSYC703

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Social Ecology –
Eco-Psychotherapy

This subject will introduce students to the emerging field of eco-psychotherapy – exploring both theory and practice.

The subject will be run as a five-day experiential intensive, with one half-day session in the weeks before the intensive, and one half-day session in the weeks following the intensive.

Subject Code: SOSC704

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Social Ecology –
Art and Social Change

In this subject students will explore the interplay between community arts, outsider arts, arts and health and Arts Therapy.

Students will examine the motives, benefits and disadvantages of politically and socially challenging forms of artistic expression such as graffiti, tattoos and comics. Throughout this subject there with be a strong focus on students developing cultural, psychosocial and disability awareness and exploring how they react personally to themes of diversity.

Subject Code: SOSC705

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Social Ecology –
Indigenous Approaches to Wellbeing 

In Australia, we are living in a land that is suffused by the rich cultural traditions of indigenous people whose sense of wellbeing is inexorably linked to the wellbeing of country. Indigenous approaches to wellbeing are holistic incorporating physical, social, emotional and cultural health of both individuals, the broader community and the country itself. Local aboriginal elders will be involved in the teaching of this subject and assist students to explore the political and personal implications of incorporating this holistic understanding of health and wellbeing into their personal life and therapeutic work.

Subject Code: SOSC706

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Transpersonal Theory and Practice –
Dreams and Symbols in Psychotherapy

This subject is concerned with developing an understanding of the symbol and dream producing resources of the human psyche. In particular, the subject focuses on the capacity of the dreaming function to access and mobilise resource systems to engage with problem-solving, stress reduction, knowledge and understanding, change management and psychological development. The unit explores experiences gained in the dreaming, liminal, conscious imaging and metaphor states of consciousness. Skill development is directed towards using various methods to access this domain, including Jungian, Gestalt, shamanic and archetypal processes, in both individual and group settings. These methods are developed as part of an integrative psychotherapeutic skillset.

Subject Code: TRAN701

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Transpersonal Theory and Practice –
Eastern Practice and Western Psychology

This subject will develop the themes of growing up and waking up. The subject runs in an intensive format following a structured program of personal reflection, practice and lectures. The subject explores themes of organization of mind through understanding the research and practices that help facilitate individual organization of mind. This subject will begin by addressing early developmental factors in the formation of mind and move to include transpersonal psychology and eastern philosophy and practices.

Subject Code: TRAN702

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Transpersonal Theory and Practice –
Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 2

This subject focuses on deepening competence and understanding in the topics of health and wellbeing as they pertain to psychotherapy. This subject follows on from Health and Wellbeing one, which explored the nature of health and wellbeing and various debates in the field. In health and well being two, students will focus on the mind-body relationship problem as outlined in contemporary inter-disciplinary thinking and research, focusing particularly on how the mind-body problem influences psychological treatment.

Students will explore bottom-up movement-based practices in conjunction with top-down meditative practices as a key to their experiential learning. In addition, these elements of an integrative approach are supported and expanded upon by critical, analytical perspectives on culture, social and political structures and dynamics in thinking about health and wellbeing, and various systems of intervention in psychotherapeutic practice.

Subject Code: TRAN703

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Transpersonal Theory and Practice –
Philosophy and Psychotherapy

This subject seeks to explore the important relationship between philosophy and psychotherapy. The subject takes a wide and varying look at philosophical approaches and problems that are deeply connected to psychotherapy practice. The subject introduces the core ideas in the philosophy as therapy movement. This subject provides a rich intellectual landscape for students interested in the practice of thinking and its relationship to psychotherapy.

Subject Code: TRAN704

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisite Subjects: None

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy prepares graduates for an exciting career as counsellors or psychotherapists with the skills to attend to the needs of clients in a variety of professional settings, ranging from mental health organisations and agencies through to private practice. 

Professional Accreditation

This course is approved by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Graduates will be eligible for Level 2 membership with the possibility of increasing membership levels after acquiring the appropriate amount of professional development and experience. Please visit the ACA website for specific details.

Admission Criteria

 

Ikon has a range of admission pathways available to students of all circumstances and academic backgrounds:

  • Australian Year 12 Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 60
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Diploma level or higher
  • Completion (or partial completion) of a higher education qualification

Applicants may also gain entry in recognition of their work and life experience. You must be at least 21 years of age at course commencement and provide a written admission statement of 300-500 words explaining how the knowledge, skills and personal qualities you’ve gained through your experiences will help you succeed in your studies at Ikon. For more information about writing your admissions statement click here.

All applicants must participate in an admissions interview.

International applicants, and any applicants who did not complete their previous study in English, must evidence a minimum IELTS Overall Score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.

You should choose the admission pathway most relevant to your academic background. To discuss the best pathway for your circumstances, please contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or via email at admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

For more information see:

Application Process
Domestic Student Admission Policy
Student Profile Table

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 

Recognition of Prior Learning is an assessment process used to determine the extent to which a student has achieved the learning outcomes of a subject from earlier learning, experience or achievements. Where equivalence of prior learning can be established, the student is exempt from attending that particular subject in order to complete their course.

You may apply for course credit towards the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy in recognition of prior learning which may result in course credit and exemption from that subject. For more information on the application process, see the Recognition of Prior Learning & Credit Policy or contact Admissions at 1300 000 933 or admissions@ikon.edu.au.

 

Pathways

Exit Pathway

Students who successfully complete the first year of the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Students who successfully complete two years of the Bachelor of Counselling and Psychotherapy and decide they do not wish to continue their degree studies may exit with the nested award of Associate Degree of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

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