Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

Course Code



Masters Degree


Mixed-mode, intensives and online study

Credit Points



2 Years (Full Time)

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice)

AQF Level 9

Course Coordinator: Geoff Berry

The Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice) course is designed to develop specialised, advanced knowledge and skills in holistic counselling and psychotherapy and process oriented methodologies and skills.

The course is attuned to the increasing complexity and fast paced change of our times, as well as the developing mental health landscape of the early 21st century. But it does so in a unique way, recognising that what is often required to cope and flourish in modern society is the need to slow down and listen to the wisdom within.

At Metavision we combine experiential learning and transformational education to deepen self-awareness. We create and model safe space for students, who are challenged to engage with every aspect of themselves in a truly holistic fashion. Faculty members will support you to develop your capacity for critical questioning, asking you to reflect upon the human condition and spirituality, while nurturing your relationship to your place in the world and your own wellbeing.

The Metavision model facilitates the formation of graduates as counsellors and psychotherapists. Graduates will display an advanced level of awareness of self and others, integrity, ethics, rigour and conscious development. They will also have knowledge of research, ethics and methodologies and skills for conducting literature based and autobiographical research projects from proposal stage to oral and written presentation of findings. Our aim is to produce graduates who have 'done the work' and can lead others on the same path to integration, flow, and an expanded sense of self.

The Metavision Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Holistic Practice) is designed for those wanting to enter a career in these helping, listening and caring professions at the highest level, whether they be graduates of a more conventional Bachelor's degree in psychology, the social sciences or the humanities, or those interested in a career change from something less satisfying. It is also appropriate for current practitioners who wish to gain a formal qualification at Masters level, while extending their skills and deepening their knowledge into new territory and broader applications.


Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of theoretical integration and skilled application of holistic psychotherapeutic interventions. With these expectations in mind, the course has been designed with assessments that test each unit’s learning outcomes.

Unit outlines provided to students include mapping of assessments against the unit’s learning outcomes, as well as an outline of the graduate attributes developed in the unit.

Marking rubrics are used to ensure consistency in marking and grading, and students are consistently provided with clear and helpful feedback designed to help them improve their performance in skills and future assessment tasks.

Student Progression Requirements

Students are expected to maintain good study habits, meet attendance requirements, log in regularly to Sophia learning management system, and submit all assignments by the due date. Students at risk of academic failure will be invited to meet with the Academic Director Higher Education if they:

  • Are not meeting attendance requirements,
  • Fail to submit assessments, and/or
  • Have Fail grades for their enrolled units.

The meeting gives students a chance to discuss extenuating circumstances and agree on an academic support plan. Students may bring a support person to the meeting.

Core Units

Course Sequence, Units and Credit Points (55 cp in total)

Year One

Year Two


Full Course Fees

Payment Plans are available

Payment plans are available enabling students to pay fees in instalments.

Credit Points Unit Cost Number of Units Total
2 $1,500 x 2 $3,000
3 $2,250 x 10 $22,500
4.5 $3,375 x 2 $6,750
6 $4,500 x 2 $9,000
Course Total $41,250

Other Costs

  • Application fee: $175
  • Non-refundable Deposit: $1500 (allocated to course tuition fees)
  • National Police Check: $41.50 on the Clear to Work website
  • Textbooks: Students are expected to purchase the required textbooks for each unit
  • Personal therapy: Five sessions with a PACFA registered counsellor or psychotherapist
  • Travel and accommodation for three workshop intensives

Bridging Course - $1000

  • Applicants who have not completed counselling skills training in their previous qualification will be required to attend a bridging course provided by Metavision Institute.
  • More details can be found here: Foundational Counselling Skills

Fee refunds

  • Students may withdraw from their enrolled units prior to the Census Date, which is Day 4 of each semester, and receive full unit tuition fee refunds. The enrolment deposit is not refundable.
  • Students who withdraw from their enrolled units after the Census Date will not usually receive a tuition fee refund. However, students who require special consideration may apply for a refund on the Fee Refund Application Form.

Course Dates

Semester and Intensive Dates

Each table below shows all the available dates for the cohort based on enrolment period (intake). Some dates are to be advised (TBA - not yet defined), dates may be changed ahead of schedule - students will be informed of any date changes.

Now Enrolling (MCP-222)
Year 1 - 2022-23 Start date Census Date End date
Semester 1 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 1 TBA TBA
Semester 2 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 2 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 3 TBA TBA TBA
Year 2 - 2023-24
Semester 1 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 4 TBA TBA TBA
Semester 2 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 5 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 6 TBA TBA TBA
Course in progress (MCP-221)
Year 1 - 2022 Start date Census Date End date
Semester 1 14 February 17 February 3 June
Intensive 1 14 February 20 February
Semester 2 4 July 7 July 30 October
Intensive 2 4 July 10 July
Intensive 3 28 October 30 November 30 October
Year 2 - 2023 Start date Census Date End date
Semester 1 6 February 2023 9 February 2023 2 June 2023
Intensive 4 6 February 2023 12 February 2023
Semester 2 3 July 2023 6 July 2023 20 November 2023
Intensive 5 3 July 2023 8 July 2023
Intensive 6 17 November 2023 20 November 2023 20 November 2023
Course in progress (HE211)
Year 1 - 2021-22 Start date Census Date End date
Semester 1 19 July 22 July 27 November
Intensive 1 19 July 25 July
Semester 2 5 February 8 February 5 June
Intensive 2 5 February 11 February
Intensive 3 3 June 5 June
Year 2 - 2022-23
Semester 1 1 August 4 August December
Intensive 4 1 August 7 August
Semester 2 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 5 TBA TBA TBA
Intensive 6 TBA TBA TBA

Workshop Intensives

Intensives run for the full day on each scheduled day except the last one.

Day Start Finish
Intensive Days 9:00 am 5:30 pm
Final Day 9:00 am 1:00 pm
Online discussions Weekly throughout semester


In addition to being an accredited Higher Education course with TEQSA, Metavision Institute is also applying to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) for course accreditation of the Masters course. More information about Metavision's Accreditation status can be found on the Accreditation page.