School of Health Professions


Take your passion to a new level with Postgraduate Study at Murdoch.

Delve further into the counselling relationship and develop your practical experience at our on-campus Counsellor Training Centre.

Murdoch University’s postgraduate counselling programs are ideal if you are a graduate wanting to pursue a new rewarding career as a professional counsellor, or enhance your current career. We welcome graduates from diverse fields such as psychology, social work, youth work, health, education, and other helping professions.

Our courses are designed to introduce and prepare students to meet the personal and professional challenges of counselling in a range of settings while learning from skilled practitioners in an interactive classroom environment. 

We will help you gain a deep understanding of the counselling relationship through experiential learning and practical hands-on experience. Our theoretical framework is based on person-centred/humanistic counselling which emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship as a key to growth and change. We have three postgraduate programs designed to suit diverse student needs and goals.

Creative Arts Therapies

Creative Arts Therapies is a humanistic psychotherapy with a person-centred framework which includes the use of expressive arts to enhance the therapeutic process. This therapeutic method is gaining momentum among existing practitioners and will lead students in developing a foundation in both theoretical knowledge and elementary hands-on art therapy and counselling skills.

While this course has proven beneficial for counsellors to work with clients to express themselves, the course is also of interest to teachers, social workers, chaplains, psychologists, youth workers and others who are interested in increasing the expressive abilities and mental wellbeing of their clients. As the only university based creative arts therapies program offered in WA, and accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the course will be highly experiential and run in new purpose-build classroom spaces at our Mandurah Campus with the option of most units to be completed at either Perth or Mandurah Campuses. See the course page for more information.

Postgraduate Courses

+ Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
+ Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
+ Graduate Certificate of Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
+ Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts Therapies (GradDipArtTherapy)