PACFA Accredited Specialist Training
Mixed-mode, intensives and online study
2 Years (Full Time)
Specialist Training in Holistic Counselling & Psychotherapy
Course Coordinator: Geoff Berry
A PACFA Accredited course in Holistic Counselling/Psychotherapy. A rigorous first class counselling training and industry qualification for professional work or private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist.
Our two-year Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia as Specialist Training courses.
You can view the details of our accreditation on PACFA's Accredited Specialist Courses page here.
Specialist Training in Holistic Counselling (STP)
2 Year course
This training develops specialised practical skills in holistic counselling, designed to support the healing, growth and empowerment of individual's in today’s interconnected world.
It develops process-oriented skills that can be applied to a wide range of mental, emotional and spiritual conditions, and a living understanding of the human as a being of body, soul and spirit.
This training builds on the first year to add cutting edge information and more highly developed skills designed to support the evolution of all, including the therapist in training, their prospective clients and the world at large.
The training in psychotherapy uses experiential and holistic education to provide a foundation for diverse practices that can be used in a range of mental health and wellbeing settings. Its key focus is on the transformation of the student into a psychotherapist.
Applications for 2023 are open now. The first stage of the application process involves completing an application form (via the Apply for 2023 button below) and paying a non-refundable application fee of $175. Please note that applications will not be considered without payment.
The second stage in the application process is to have an online interview with one of our staff.
If you have any questions at all, please contact us via the Enquire button or calling us on 02 4862 2559.
Core UnitsCourse Sequence, Units and Credit Points (55 cp in total)
Models for Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (101S)3 cp
This 3-credit point unit introduces a holistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy.
Inner Work 1 (102S)3 cp
The development of skills in self-awareness through inner work is central to the holistic counselling and psychotherapy model.
The Human Being from a Holistic Perspective (103S)3 cp
The fundamental principles of the Human Being from an Anthroposophical approach.
Core Process Oriented Skills 1: Introduction (104S)3 cp
Introduces students to the Process Oriented approach of Arnold Mindell, including the contribution of quantum physics, field theory, levels of awareness, consciousness continuum and the dreambody.
Core Process Oriented Skills 2: Working with Body Symptoms and Dreams (105S)3 cp
This unit introduces students to skills-based Process Oriented approaches for working with body symptoms and dreams.
Core Process Oriented Skills 3: Conflict, Diversity and Relationships (106S)3 cp
Develop a deeper understanding of Process Oriented theory and skills for working with conflict, including deep democracy principles and Mindell’s four phase conflict theory
Mental Health Practice (107S)2 cp
Explore holistic approaches to mental health, including the recovery model and the Process Oriented approach to understanding altered states
Holistic Counselling Supervision and Practice (108S)6 cp
An introduction to the foundational ethical, social and legal aspects of professional counselling practice.
Biography for the Life Span (201S)4.5 cp
This unit explores understandings of the developmental phases of life and changing human needs through the lifespan, with a focus on students’ own development through these phases to develop experiential knowledge and insight.
Trauma and Abuse (202S)4.5 cp
This unit will provide students with an overview of trauma, how it manifests in the body, mind and behaviour.
Introduction to Research Methods (203S)3 cp
This unit introduces students to the role and significance of research in counselling and psychotherapy
Inner Work 2 (204S)3 cp
The development of the person of the psychotherapist is central to holistic psychotherapy education.
Research Project (205S)3 cp
Students will revise and implement the research question, literature and methodologies developed in Introduction to Research Methods
Grief, Loss, Death and Dying (206S)3 cp
In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the issues and processes of holistic counselling and psychotherapy when working with people experiencing grief, loss, death and dying.
Holistic Psychotherapy Practice and Supervision (207S)6 cp
This 6-credit point unit advances students’ understanding and application of psychotherapy in practice.
Full Course FeesPayment Plans are available
Instalment plans are available.
|Tuition Fee||$24,820.95||(monthly payment plan available)|
|Deposit||$1,500||(non-refundable, but allocated to tuition fees)|
Course DatesSemester and Intensive Dates
Each table below shows all the available dates for the cohort based on enrolment period (intake).
Dates may be changed ahead of schedule - students will be informed of any date changes.
|Year 1 - 2023||Start Date||Census Date||End Date|
|Semester 1||6 March||9 March||15 July|
|Intensive 1||6 March||11 March|
|Semester 2||17 July||20 July||10 November|
|Intensive 2||17 July||22 July|
|Intensive 3||10 Nov||12 Nov|
|Year 2 - 2023||State Date||Census Date||End Date|
|Semester 1||13 February||16 February||26 May|
|Intensive 1||13 February||18 February|
|Semester 2||26 June||28 June||29 September|
|Intensive 2||26 June||1 July|
|Intensive 3||27 October||30 October|
Intensives run for the full day on each scheduled day except the last one.
|Intensive Days||9:00 am||5:30 pm|
|Final Day||9:00 am||1:00 pm|
|Online discussions||Regularly throughout semester|
This course has been developed from a unique combination of philosophies and practices that best unite a holistic understanding of human life. From the new sciences of the heart, brain and biology we explore the mind-body connection. We link this to our understanding of the subtle energies of the body, consciousness studies, and process-oriented psychology.
"What is within surrounds you" (RM Rilke)
The training emphasises experiential learning. A foundational element of the training is the practice of inner work, which will support the development of your awareness and emotional intelligence. These inner conditions are necessary for your presence, and to develop confidence in your unique therapeutic way of being and offering in the world.
More and more clients today are asking for an integrated holistic approach to matters of health and well-being. The Metavision graduate practitioner will be there to meet this emerging need.
Are you ready to evolve?
You will emerge from this training with:
Clear & Rewarding Professional Pathway: The Australian Government's Job Outlook service reports that job graduate prospects for counsellors are strong. "Employment for this occupation rose strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Counsellors to November 2020 is expected to grow very strongly."
Clear path to self improvement: A holistic approach embodies transformative change for the body, soul and spirit and develops self reflective awareness where inner change generates outer change.
Connection with a like-minded community: learning and growing with others in this course enables life-long connections and a welcomed embrace into a community of professionals committed to; life long learning, growth and contribution to holistic education and therapy.
Exceptional Techniques and skills: The techniques and skills you learn are ideal for everyday use and adaptable to a wide variety of applications.
Enriched understanding of the subtle relationship between yourself, others and your world: These insights will expand your perspective, ensuring your work will also help others to connect more deeply with themselves and their communities.
You will be supported to:
- Excel in your chosen field with confidence and ability
- Turn your passion into action through with tangible skills and pathways
- Learn to identify, articulate and respond to the need in your organisation, sector, community or the world
- Develop your awareness and emotional intelligence through inner work
We warmly welcome
- People wishing to gain an industry-accredited post-graduate AQF Level 8 equivalent qualification in counselling and psychotherapy (holistic practice).
- Health professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, doctors, complementary medical therapists and nurses who wish to expand and enrich their counselling and psychotherapy skills.
- Professionals, including lawyers, educators, HR managers, business and community leaders who need to extend their conflict management and interpersonal skills.
- Men and women seeking a career change and wishing to strengthen their self-awareness, leadership and people skills.
- Mature age students or young people (over 23) seeking to gain personal development, transformative knowledge, and spiritual awareness.
The Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course is taught via 12 modules over two years of full-time equivalent study. This involves a mix of on campus intensives and home study via e Learning and a peer learning or 'study buddy' arrangement.
- There are three on campus intensives each year, two of these are seven days and the last one is three days long.
- There is a seven day intensive at the start of each semester, during which the content for the four corresponding modules is covered, so eight modules are covered over two semesters in the year.
- The final three day intensive recaps and reviews the year's work and each student's progress through the course.
- The course includes an extensive home study program, allowing for study to be done at your own pace.
- Assignments and grading take place via interacting with the online components for each module.
- The course requires approximately 16 hours of weekly commitment to adequately meet the study and assessment requirements.