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Master of Rehabilitation Counselling

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Overview

Provide life-changing support. The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling prepares you for professional practice as a rehabilitation counsellor. Offered both on campus and by distance/online, you will learn how to assist people with disabilities or disadvantage to achieve maximum participation in employment and community life through assessment, counselling, service provision and support.

During this two-year degree, you will be taught by leading academics as you learn how to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage. You will have the opportunity to advance your knowledge in specialist areas of mental health, alcohol and drug misuse, developmental disability, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), public offenders, or other interest areas as approved by the course director.

As part of your studies, you will also complete a number of clinical and professional fieldwork opportunities across both the public and private sectors which will enable you to practically apply your knowledge and gain firsthand experience. As a graduate entry program, this course is designed to accommodate all suitably qualified candidates regardless of their previous discipline. However, a formal background in psychology, rehabilitation, or related subjects is desirable.

The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling course an accredited program. As a qualified rehabilitation counsellor, you will have the opportunity to assist diverse clientele across a range of settings including business and industry, tertiary health, social service, advocacy, and private practice.

Why study with us?

  • You'll gain real-world, hands-on training through clinical placements within our extensive network of clinical partners.
  • You'll learn from highly respected practitioners, clinicians and researchers.
  • With a multidisciplinary focus, we prepare graduates with generalist and specialist healthcare knowledge and skills.
  • Our research ranks "well above world class" (Excellence in Research for Australia level 5).
  • We offer a range of leadership and student support programs to give you the best possible opportunity for success.
  • We have world-class facilities, with purpose-built laboratories and on-site health clinics. 
  • In 2021, we will move to the purpose-built Health Precinct at Camperdown campus, which will for the first time bring multiple health disciplines together in a facility that translates research into education and clinical services.

How will you learn?

The course is offered on campus and by distance/ online. 

Who should study this course?

Health and non-health graduates who are looking to gain the skills required for professional practice as a rehabilitation counsellor.

Important Information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in rehabilitation counselling. The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the inherent requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

You will follow a prescribed course of study with a total 96 credit points, including fourteen core units (84cp) and two elective units (12cp).

Sample study plan:

Year

Sem

 

 

Year 1

S1

Rehabilitation Counselling I

Rehabilitation Resource Management

Assessment, Evaluation & Planning

Applied Vocational Rehabilitation

S2

Rehabilitation Counselling II

BioPsychoSocial Aspects of Disability

Disability Management

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation

Year 2

S1

Disability, Public Policy and Change

Professional Practice 1

Disability Research and Evidence in Practice

Elective

S2

Inclusive Community Development

Professional Practice 2

Elective

Rehabilitation Counselling Capstone

 

For more information on the course structure and content, view the Health Sciences Handbook.

Units of study

Admission criteria

To be eligible to apply you will need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • A bachelor’s degree, master's or research degree from an Australian institution or equivalent.
  • A minimum GPA of 4.5 out of 7.0 which is an approximate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 percent.

(This does not guarantee an offer of a place as places are limited and offers are made based on academic merit)

Admission process

For more information on the graduate entry masters admission process for domestic and international applicants, read this document.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Rehabilitation Counselling degree is accredited by the Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia, a member of Allied Health Professions Australia and recognised by the Heads of Workers' Compensation Authority, Australian state based compensation authorities, Comcare, and the Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand.

Future study options

Eligible graduates may consider an additional three years of study with us as a research candidate for the higher research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The PhD is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake in-depth study in a specialised area under the supervision of an academic staff member with expertise in your field of research. The award of a higher research degree in the health sciences will enhance your profile as a genuine researcher and expert in your chosen field, afford opportunities as a published researcher, and may lead to an academic appointment, or to a research appointment with a government or industrial research and development organisation.

Career pathways

Graduates attain professional status as a rehabilitation counsellor and are qualified to provide specialist counselling, rehabilitation, and case management services to people who have experienced injury, disability or social disadvantage.

Rehabilitation counsellors work:

  • in government/public
  • in community or private rehabilitation settings
  • as industry, vocational/social trainers 
  • as counsellors in drug and alcohol, psychiatric and correctional settings
  • as human resource managers 
  • as private rehabilitation consultants 
Samridhi on field trip in Nepal

Samridhi on a field trip in Nepal

Graduate profiles

Samridhi Rana Thapa

"I'm currently based in Nepal and work for people with all types of disability (not just physical) and other vulnerable populations to promote their inclusion, through identification of support services, capacity building activities, proposal development, establishing partners and collaborators and creating evidence to enable formulation of stronger legislation and policies, among others." Read more.

Louise Bilbato

Louise Bilato
Managing Director, IMconcepts, Injury Management Practice

“I have always seen the field of Rehabilitation Counselling as the most well rounded, and grounded, of the Allied Health disciplines. It encompassed elements of positive psychology and biopsychosocial models well before these terms became ‘on trend’ and having a combined focus on vocation, ability, mental health, community engagement and case management skills development blends most effectively with holistic health and well-being management."     

Career timeline:

  • 1987 Bachelor of arts (Honours)
  • 1999 Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling
  • 2005 Master in Rehabilitation Counselling
  • 2008 Co-developed Abilita return to work index
  • 2017 Managing Director of Injury Management Practice

Start your journey at the University of Sydney

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.