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  • Objectives
    This program is designed for students interested in working hands-on with clients who are experiencing difficulties in meeting the demands of their day-today life. Students will learn about the key counselling frameworks and practical approaches for working with clients to help them overcome their personal difficulties. One major focus of this degree is on presenting counselling as a person-centered profession designed to explore and create positive changes in client difficulties. Teaching centers on a problem-focused model and students will receive supervised counselling experience during the completion of a practicum subject.
  • Practical experience
    Work Experience & Internships Some students without practical workplace experience, or with workplace experience in a field different from their studies, choose to undertake an internship as part of their degree. This intensely practical professional development approach fosters graduates who are ready, willing and able to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact in the workplace.
  • Entry requirements
    Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent, Bond College Certificate.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Counselling
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    The Bachelor of Counselling qualifies students for employment as hands-on practitioners in hospitals, government departments (e.g. child protection), specialist intervention programs (e.g. drug rehabilitation), social welfare agencies, independent schools and as private consultants.

    Attendance

    International Students: Students must undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points) to fulfil student visa requirements.

    Domestic Students: Most Students undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may, however, enrol in fewer subjects (equivalent to 30 credit points) and extend your degree over a longer period.

    Bond's Teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

    Combined Degrees

    Students can combine this degree with any other undergraduate degree at Bond (except Medicine) to suit their professional and personal interests. Bond's three-semester academic year allows students to complete two degrees in the same time it would take to complete just one degree at other universities (dependant upon degree combination).

    Program Structure
    Accreditation

    The Counselling subjects contained in this degree are currently accredited with the Australian Board of Counsellors, qualifying graduates to work as independent counselling consultants.
    Core Subjects

    Every Bachelor degree student at Bond is required to complete at least one subject from each of the following four discipline clusters
    Communication (1)

        * CORE11-100 Communication Skills
        * CORE11-101 Public Speaking: Presentation Skills for Leaders

    Outcomes: To communicate effectively in writing, speaking and visual; to understand the nature of communication processes and sources of difficulty in communication.
    Information Technology (1)

        * CORE11-110 Information Technology 1
        * CORE11-111 Business Applications of IT

    Outcomes: To work effectively with contemporary information technology; to evaluate critically the current and future role of computing technology in the storage, retrieval and processing of information.
    Values (1)

        * CORE11-120 Cultural and Ethical Values
        * CORE11-120 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society

    Outcomes: To appreciate the foundation of moral, ethical and social theories and their relevance to issues of public concern and debate; to use theoretical ideas in formulating arguments about how particular issues should be resolved.
    Organisations (1)

        * CORE11-130 Strategic Management
        * CORE11-131 Entrepreneurship

    Outcomes: To appreciate the natural, dynamic and strategic positioning of organisations within their environments; to appreciate the nature of effective work in groups.
    Foundation (14)

        * BVMT11-103 Abnormality and Illness
        * BVMT11-109 The Influence of Biology on Human Behaviour
        * BVMT12-123 Assessment and Diagnosis
        * BVMT12-304 Behaviour Analysis and Interventions
        * BVMT13-111 Introduction to Genetics Counselling
        * BVMT13-153 Interventions with People Experiencing Difficulties
        * COUN13-101 Theory and Practice in Counselling
        * COUN13-102 Understanding and Changing Human Behaviour
        * COUN13-103 Counselling Interventions for Specific Groups and Populations
        * COUN13-106 Functional Analysis & Treatment in Counselling
        * COUN13-108 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counselling
        * COUN13-301 Foundations of Counselling
        * COUN13-600 Research Project in Counselling
        * COUN13-700 Practicum 1 - Counselling

    Subject (4)

    Four (4) Humanities and Social Sciences subjects:

        * COMN11-101 Human Communication
        * COMN13-310 Corporate & Community Conflict Resolution
        * PSYC11-105 Statistics and Data Analysis 1
        * PSYC12-315 Developmental Psychology

    Electives (2)

    Any two (2) other subjects of which at least one (1) must come from the H&SS list of undergraduate subjects.

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