Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy


Qualification: Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Duration: 3 Years Full Time
Study Mode: On Campus

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework and
is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
TEQSA Code: CRS1400329

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association.

Due to the current situation relating to COVID-19, Ikon is currently utilising online delivery for its courses for all students. For more information, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.

This qualification is FEE-HELP approved for eligible applicants.

Course 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.

Course Structure

Counselling & Psychotherapy Program Course Structure

There are a total of 24 subjects plus a 240-hour placement.

Course Subjects

Year 1, Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Models of Therapeutic Practice 1
  • Integrative Systems of Health and Wellbeing 1

Year 1, Trimester 2

  • Case Conceptualisation 1
  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1
  • Models of Therapeutic Practice 2

Year 1, Trimester 3

  • Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 2
  • Ethics and Politics in Psychotherapy
  • Foundations of Professional Competency


Year 2, Trimester 1

  • Altered State Techniques in Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Mental Health: Wellbeing and Distress
  • Treatment of Grief & Loss in Psychotherapy

Year 2, Trimester 2


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Dramatherapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with Young People
  • Social Ecology – Eco-psychotherapy
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Dreams and Symbols in Psychotherapy


  • Understanding Systems in Psychotherapy
  • Life Span Development

Year 2, Trimester 3

  • Psychotherapy & the Body in the Treatment of Trauma
  • Narrative, Identity and Integrative Processes
  • Case Conceptualisation 2


Year 3, Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Research Methods


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Addictive Behaviours
  • Social Ecology – Art and Social Change
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Eastern Practice and Western Psychology


  • Creative Art Modalities – Introduction to Voice and Sound Therapy
  • Psychotherapy with Different Client Populations – Psychotherapy with People with Disabilities
  • Social Ecology – Indigenous Approaches to Wellbeing
  • Transpersonal Theory and Practice – Integrative Sytems of Health and Wellbeing 2

Year 3, Trimester 2

  • Practicum 1 
  • Clinical Supervision 1
  • Practicum 2

Delivery Format

Course delivery will be through a combination of facilitated classroom learning , self-directed learning and work placement.

Each trimester is 13 weeks in duration, consisting of 12 teaching weeks and 1 week of self-directed learning.

Please refer to the timetable in each state for specific delivery format as this may vary across campuses.

Graduate Pathways

The Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy will cater for:

  • Students with no prior learning in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
  • Students who have completed an accredited Counselling Diploma or Advanced Diploma and wish to further expand their knowledge.

The course aims to develop graduates who will be able to work appropriately and professionally in therapeutic settings in both the public and private sectors.

Graduates from this program will be well placed for employment opportunities in Australia and other Western societies because of their comprehensive skill and knowledge set underlying their flexible and encompassing practice.

Download the course brochure here.

Admission Criteria

You must be at least 18 years of age at course commencement and  meet one of the following requirements:

  • Australian Secondary School Certificate with a minimum ATAR 65
  • Completion of a VET qualification at Certificate IV level or higher
  • Completion (or partial) of a Higher Education qualification

Applicants who finished senior secondary school more than two years ago and have not undertaken any accredited study may gain entry in recognition of their work and life experiences. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age when they commence their studies and are required to submit a written admission statement of 300 to 500 words outlining their reasons for wanting to study. For more information about writing your admissions statement please click here.

All applicants are subject to an interview.

For more information see:

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