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Te Tiriti-informed, well-being focused
Massey’s Master of Counselling Studies will prepare you for employment as a counsellor. You’ll join our counselling programme community, anchored in mana enhancing practices.
Tēnā koutou ngā Rangatira-o-ākengokengo, ngā pukenga o te mātai hinengaro, nau mai o hinengaro, nau mai o manawanui, otirā to aroha, ki tēnei he waka eke noa, kia puta atu ki te paerangi panekeritanga o te manaakitanga.
Greetings to you the leaders of tomorrow, those skilled in the understandings of psychology, of relating, connecting, understanding, bring along your minds, your hearts, your dedication, and especially your love and care, aboard our ship together, to sail over our horizons of excellence in providing care.
When you join the Master of Counselling Studies, you’ll join a counsellor education programme that is anchored in mana-enhancing practices. This includes:
You will become fellow travellers with our staff, on the journey to cultivate your strengths, worthiness and potential.
We will enable you to emulate cultural humbleness and a desire to learn and understand, so that healing and well-being can be delivered to those you are working with.
The counselling programme at Massey University is a NZAC-accredited professional training programme. While serving communities, families, and individuals, it strives to cultivate mana atua, mana whenua, mana tangata - well-being.
This qualification gives eligibility to apply for provisional membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) after you have gained a minimum of 200 hours of supervised practice.
When you graduate from this programme, you will be prepared to contribute to counselling service delivery through a variety of wellness and mental health services. That could be in school settings, addiction/recovery centres, crisis programmes, residential programmes or private practice.
Numerous individuals and communities’ experience various traumatic events, encounter loss/grief, and some grapple with addiction. Many people seek more purposeful lives and how to better relate in their intimate, personal, and professional/work/career related relationships. While this programme focuses on well-being and optimal growth, a trauma informed, post-traumatic growth approach is embedded throughout the training.
The programme, maintains primary focus on well-being, healing, and restoration/affirmation of human dignity. Therefore you will have opportunities to become aware of the Tihei-Wa Mauri Ora, a “construct that shows a life continuum, where periods of light and darkness are normalized as proper and valid, given their space and time in their lives.” (Teina Piripi and Vivien Body, 2013).
Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With your contributions together with mine our people will thrive.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements.
To enter the Master of Counselling Studies you will have:
You will be selected into the programme on the basis of a process which includes providing:
As part of the application you will also supply:
See more details about these requirements below.
If you are interested in applying, please contact us through the Enquire button and request a Counselling and Guidance Information Handbook.
If you are due to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Counselling and Guidance) this year, you may apply to be considered for conditional entry to the Masters Programme.
Applications for this programme close on 6 November 2020.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
The selection panel look for readiness in relation to personal and interpersonal awareness, respect for diversity, a bicultural mana-enhancing focus and attitudes demonstrating openness to change. They are also looking for the ability to participate in co-operative group learning and to operate in a professional capacity, as well as the overall capacity to fulfil the requirements of the professional development courses.
To be successful you will also have a demonstrated interest in the area, shown through attendance at relevant courses, personal development experiences and training.
If you have any short or long-term disability including learning disability or heath issue that may affect your study, please upload a summary in your application. If you disclose any disability, health or personal information as part of your application, this will be considered during the selection process and is confidential to the University staff processing your application.
In your CV please include details of your educational and professional qualifications, employment and volunteer history with dates and descriptions of roles and responsibilities. Also list any memberships of associations/organisations and a list of professional publications and research reports.
If your application meets the expected criteria, you will be invited to attend an interview (individual or group) via Zoom. You will have an opportunity to learn about the programme and ask questions, while the programme staff will get an opportunity to know you. You will be advised of the date, time and venue of your interview.
This qualification leads to provisional membership of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). To become a provisional member of the NZAC, you must meet their criteria for membership. If there are any circumstances in your past personal or professional life that you disclose as a part of your application, these will be considered during the selection process and are confidential to the University staff assessing your application.
Comment on why you have decided to pursue counselling training. In addition please describe your strengths relevant to the counselling field in a pluralistic society, and how you hope the programme will cultivate these.
Describe what you have learned about counselling, including your understanding of ti Tiriti and bi-cultural and pluralistic approaches, through your experience of:
We require two people who can act as referees for you. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, e.g. Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.
All applicants are required to undergo a number of safety checks. This includes police vetting (including confirmation of identity) and further checks required under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 and the Children’s Action Plan. You will be required to permit the Institute of Education to ask the New Zealand Police to disclose any information held on the Police record system.
If you are invited to join the programme you will be provided with assistance to identify a clinical placement that is compatible with your skills and career aspirations. Further information will be available upon acceptance.
See further details below.
Feel free to get in touch with us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions or to request a programme guide.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Attend workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
You will need to complete at least 200 hours (actual contact time) of counselling practice – on average, about four contact hours per week. These hours are to be divided equally between each of the following courses:
This must be under an agency/organisation (not a freelance private practice) and must be conducted in accordance with the NZAC Code of Ethics.
When you are invited to join the programme you will be provided with assistance to identify a clinical placement that is compatible with your skills and congruent with your career aspirations. Further information will be available upon acceptance.
When you are accepted into the programme you will initiate the process of identifying a potential placement site from November. You will need to secure a site which will typically run for the duration of the programme.
During your counselling practice placement you will need to undertake a minimum of 20 individual supervision sessions. Like the counselling placement, these sessions will be divided equally between each of the same two courses in Year 1 and Year 2.
The supervision sessions will be with a supervisor who is external to the practice placement, experienced in counselling and is also a member of a relevant professional body, preferably NZAC. In consultation with the Clinical Coordinator, you will need to identify a suitable supervisor and then seek formal approval from the Counselling Programme Team. Should you be unable to identify a supervisor, or your choice is unsuitable, we will assist you to identify other options. You will also need to undertake 10 hours of Puawananga Kaitiakitanga/cultural supervision and this may be available within the programme. In addition, the programme provides required group supervision via Zoom, every fortnight.
Note: Both the placement site and supervisors need to be approved by the Counselling Programme Team, no later than the first Friday of March.
Admission to the Research Project requires satisfactory completion of approved research methods course(s), normally two of the following courses: 267.782, 267.783, 267.740 or 267.741. You will be required to complete these courses if they (or approved equivalents) were not completed as part of the qualifying programme of study.
You may be permitted to revise an unsatisfactory Research Project and to resubmit it for assessment on one occasion.
Completion of this programme requires attendance at compulsory contact workshops.
The degree is awarded on the basis of successful completion of all components including the evaluation of the separate courses and the research project, with the proviso that all components are at least of pass standard.
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. This programme has a maximum time limit of four years. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
The Master of Counselling Studies is not awarded with Honours, Distinction or Merit, as the majority of courses are awarded by pass/fail, rather than grades.
Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
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In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
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