Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy


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

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  • This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework and
    is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
  • This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association.

Course Structure

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

There are a total of 24 Units 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 training, out of class self directed learning and on-the-job placement. Each trimester is 13 weeks in duration, consisting of 12 teaching weeks and 1 week of self directed learning. Please refer to timetable in each state, for specific delivery format, as this may vary from state to state.


At Ikon, you’ll gain a rewarding career where you can make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.

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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.

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Entry Requirements

If you are aged 21 years or over:

  • Application will be through completion of a course enrolment form and,
  • Complete a Bachelor Applicant Questionnaire

You must be at least 18 years of age at course commencement and if you are under 21 years of age must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
    or Associate Degree
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree and
  • Complete a Bachelor Applicant Questionnaire.

All applicants are subject to an interview.

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