Counselling and Psychotherapy are 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.
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.
Potential career outcomes could include:
What You'll Learn
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 the 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 appreciate 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
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
Duration and Study Load
- 3 years full time
- 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
- 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
Note: Online delivery is completed via Ikon Distance Education and Learning (IDEAL), which means you learn the same things and you have the same interactions and time with teachers and with other students via Zoom, as you would on one of our physical campuses. You will always be in a live class, with other people, learning together, and able to ask questions directly with your lecturer, not by yourself watching pre-recorded videos.
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.
#FindYourWhy with Ikon
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.
- Smaller class sizes create a dynamic and supportive learning environment for students journeys that mixes theory with experiential processes to ensure students obtain a deeper understanding of what is being taught
- Student support through the entire lifecycle of your learning, with our dedicated team of Student Counsellors and Academic staff
- 480-hour placement
Recognition of Prior Learning
- 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 Diploma of Arts Therapy in recognition of prior learning which may result in course credit and exemption from that subject
Isabelle RuizCounselling and Psychotherapy Graduate, 2020
Julian CerretoCounselling and Psychotherapy Student, 2020
Candyce LiningtonFormer Counselling and Psychotherapy Student, 2020
About Ikon Institute of Australia
Ikon is a private Institute of Higher Education in creative therapies, counselling and psychotherapy and early childhood education. Ikon has been helping people help others for over 30 years.
Ikon aims to create a difference through learning and continued professional education. The goal is to develop professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to an international community committed to social change, healing and learning.
Our higher education courses in creative therapies, psychotherapy and counselling, and early childhood education provide individuals with the skills and knowledge to move forward with rewarding careers. Ikon students are diverse but are connected by a common desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
We provide support to students across their life-cycle of learning; including orientation, academic skill sessions, counselling, expert lecturers, like-minded students and alumni program.
We provide a personalised educational experience that incorporates small class sizes with greater opportunities for guidance. This creates a positive impact on learning through increased time on tasks, tailored instruction and supported classroom participation.
Our involvement in the broader community, through our connections with industry, ensures content is innovative, relevant, and current to the needs of the sectors in which we operate.
Our teaching staff come from diverse backgrounds and have professional experience in the disciplines they teach, ensuring the examples they share are relevant to current practices.