COUNSELLING

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The Counselling Pathway is designed for students interested in developing a comprehensive understanding of sexology, sexual health counselling and sex therapy. You will learn with, and from, experienced scholars and expert practitioners in the sexual health counselling and sex therapy fields in a learning environment which is innovative, flexible and inquiry-based.

At the completion of your studies, you will be able to:

  1. Evaluate, explore and critique different approaches to sexual health counselling and psychosexual therapy;
  2. Engage with the most up-to-date research on sexual health counselling and sexology;
  3. Understand the breadth and impact of sexual health concerns on psychological wellbeing;
  4. Apply theory and research to real world; and
  5. Interact with current sexual healthcare counselling professionals in their community.

Students who enrol in the Counselling Pathway may include professionals who deal with HIV, STIs and Sexual Health issues as part of their professional roles (such as marriage and relationship counsellors, clergy, journalists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counsellors, psychologists, social workers, medical practitioners, and nurses) and who wish to gain greater knowledge and understanding in sexual health counselling and sex therapy.

Target Audience

    Components of the Degree count towards certification with the Society of Australian Sexologists Ltd and ASSERT NSW as well as Sexual Health Counselling certification outside of Australia.

    Entrance Requirements

    An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a recognised institution. Applicants seeking accreditation as a psychosexual/sex therapist must have qualifications in counselling and/or psychotherapy prior to commencing the course.

    Professional Recognition and Opportunities

    Completion of the Postgraduate Program in HIV, STIs and Sexual Health - Counselling pathway will provide graduates with the chance to contribute to the growing field of human sexuality and sexology, including sexual functioning, sex and gender diversity, and relationships. Graduates of this program can use their skills to work in non-profit or governmental health agencies as a sexual health expert.

    Graduates with and without previous counselling degrees will find this course invaluable in enhancing their current skills and helping develop a specialised practice in the field of sexual health and sexology.

    The Sexual Health Counselling Pathway contributes towards to the accreditation requirements for psychosexual therapist/sex therapist/sexuality educator with the Society of Australian Sexologists and ASSERT NSW. The sexual health counselling pathway has been designed to meet the sexological education and training requirements of accreditation. Accreditation as a sexual health counsellor/psychosexual therapist/sex therapist/sexuality educator may require you to complete additional courses. Please refer to either the Society of Australian Sexologists or ASSERT NSW for information on accreditation as a psychosexual therapist/sex therapist/sexuality educator.

    Available Programs

  • Masters (48 credit points) – provides a specific focus on application within practical environments, together with the addition of elective choices.
  • Advanced Masters (60 credit points) – a more specialised qualification, extending knowledge into the workplace setting, and/or supporting independent research.
  • Graduate Diploma (36 credit points) - covers most of the knowledge and skills of the subject
  • Graduate Certificate (24 credit points) – allows recent graduates to explore their interest in the area.
  • Individual Units of Study - allows students to explore, in depth, a specific topic from the field to study . Credits from these can potentially be credited towards future courses.
  • Masters

    Individuals enrolled in the Masters must complete 48 credit points in total consisting of:

    Stream Specific Units of Study

    Stream Specific Elective Units of Study

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 1

    SEXH5402: Introduction to Counselling for the Health Professions (6 cp)

    SEXH5200: Advanced STIs (6 cp)

    SEXH5403: Counselling in Psychosexual Therapy (6 cp)

    SEXH5409: Adult Sexual Assault (6 cp) (not available in Semester 1, 2016)

    SEXH5404: Variations in Sexual Function (6 cp)

    SEXH5412: Sexual Health & Relationships Education (6 cp) (not available in Semester 1, 2016)

    SEMESTER 2

    CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (6 cp)

    SEXH5402: Introduction to Counselling for the Health Professions (6 cp)

    MEDF5005: Health Research Methods and Ethics (6 cp)

    SEXH5407: Sex Gender and Sexuality  (6 cp)

    PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses (6 cp)

    SEXH5415: Advanced Issues in Psychsexual Therapy   (6 cp)

    PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics (6 cp)

     

    SEMESTER 2

    SEXH5202: Advanced HIV Infection (6 cp)

    SEXH5205: Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health (6 cp)

    SEXH5405: Contraception and Reproductive Health (6 cp)

    SEXH5408: HIV/STI Program Delivery (2 cp)

    SEXH5412: Sexual Health & Relationships Education (6 cp)

    SEXH5414: Public Health: HIV, STIs & Sexual Health (6 cp)

    BMRI5006 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (6 cp)

    CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (6 cp)

    MIPH5118 Global Perspectives of HIV/AIDS (4 cp)

    Non-medical graduates apply here

    Medical graduates (e.g. MBBS, MD, MBBCh) apply here

    Advanced Masters

    The Advanced Masters option is only available to students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health) or the Master of Medicine (HIV, STIs and Sexual Health).

    Admission into the Advanced Master's degree requires:

    • A weighted average mark of at least 75% in 24 credit points of compulsory and/or stream-specific units of study; and
    • Permission from the Pathway Coordinator.

    Individuals enrolled in the Advanced Masters must complete 60 credit points in total consisting of:

    • 48 cp as per the Master's degree requirements; and
    • Completion of 12 cp from Medical Faculty Project Units of Study (Green List Below). Individuals wishing to complete all 12 in one semester must enroll in MEDF5301. Individuals wishing to complete the 12 credit points over the course of one year must enroll in MEDF5302 and MEDF5303.

    Project Units of Study

    MEDF5301 Project (Advanced Masters) (12 cp) (available in both semester one and semester two)

    MEDF5302 Project (Advanced Masters) (Part A) (6 cp) (available in semester one)

    MEDF5303 Project (Advanced Masters) (Part B) (6 cp) (available in semester two)

    Graduate Diploma – 36 Credit Points

    Individuals enrolled in the Graduate Diploma must complete 36 credit points consisting of:

    Stream Specific Units of Study

    Stream Specific Elective Units of Study

    SEMESTER 1

    SEMESTER 1

    SEXH5402: Introduction to Counselling for the Health Professions (6 cp)

    SEXH5200: Advanced STIs (6 cp)

    SEXH5403: Counselling in Psychosexual Therapy (6 cp)

    SEXH5409: Adult Sexual Assault (6 cp) (not available in Semester 1, 2016)

    SEXH5404: Variations in Sexual Function (6 cp)

    SEXH5412: Sexual Health & Relationships Education (6 cp) (not available in Semester 1, 2016)

    SEMESTER 2

    CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (6 cp)

    SEXH5402: Introduction to Counselling for the Health Professions (6 cp)

    MEDF5005: Health Research Methods and Ethics (6 cp)

    SEXH5407: Sex Gender and Sexuality  (6 cp)

    PUBH5010 Epidemiology Methods and Uses (6 cp)

    SEXH5415: Advanced Issues in Psychsexual Therapy   (6 cp)

    PUBH5018 Introductory Biostatistics (6 cp)

     

    SEMESTER 2

    SEXH5202: Advanced HIV Infection (6 cp)

    SEXH5205: Advanced Adolescent Sexual Health (6 cp)

    SEXH5405: Contraception and Reproductive Health (6 cp)

    SEXH5408: HIV/STI Program Delivery (2 cp)

    SEXH5412: Sexual Health & Relationships Education (6 cp)

    SEXH5414: Public Health: HIV, STIs & Sexual Health (6 cp)

    BMRI5006 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (6 cp)

    CEPI5100 Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (6 cp)

    MIPH5118 Global Perspectives of HIV/AIDS (4 cp)

    Non-medical graduates apply here

    Medical graduates (e.g. MBBS, MD, MBBCh) apply here

    Graduate Certificate – 24 credit points

    Individuals enrolled in the Graduate Certificate must complete 24 credit points consisting of

    Non-medical graduates apply here

    Medical graduates (e.g. MBBS, MD, MBBCh) apply here

    Single Units of Study1

    The following Sexual Health Units of Study that are part of the Counselling Pathway are available to be taken as single units of study (non-degree), subject to approval by the Pathway Coordinator.

    1Some units of study may have pre-requisites. Please check before applying.

    To apply for any single units of study, visit the non-degree course page and follow the appropriate links (admission into any Unit of Study as a non-degree student is subject to approval by the Pathway coordinator.)