Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling
This programme is suitable for those who wish to develop a career as a professionally qualified Counsellor. Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling is a three year, 360 credit bachelor level qualification. There are 15 compulsory modules and two electives.
Graduates will be able to enter the counselling workforce at a beginning practitioner level. Placement is a significant element in the programme. In Year 1 students will engage with a community agency in an observation capacity. In both year 2 and 3 they will undertake 200 hours of supervised placements which includes 100 hours of counselling and / or group work each year. In the final year of the degree students will select a practice focus and will choose electives relevant to that practice focus. There are three practice focus areas available: Mental Health and Addictions counselling; Māori-centred counselling; and, Family/Whānau counselling. Please note: not all practice focus electives are available every year.
Graduates of this programme with the Mental Health and Addiction practice focus will be eligible to apply for provisional registration as an Addictions Practitioner with dapaanz.
Graduates of this programme will also be able to apply for professional membership in a relevant professional body: NZAC, Te Whāriki Tautoko or NZ Christian Counsellors Association. Graduates will have developed a range of flexible skills and professional attributes that will position them well to be responsive to, and to work collaboratively within, the increasingly complex and interdisciplinary social service and health communities.
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|Module Code||Module Name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSCO501||Te Timatanga / Introduction to Counselling||5||30|
|HSCO502||Te Pikinga / Introduction to Professional Counselling Practice||5||15|
|HSCO503||He Tangata / Human Development and Psychology||5||30|
|HSCO504||Te Hāpori o Aotearoa / Introduction to Society||5||30|
|HSCO505||Te Pū: Foundations of Treaty Based Practice||5||15|
|HSCO601||Kaupapa Akoako / Counselling Theory and Practice||6||30||HSCO501,HSCO502|
|HSCO602||He Oranga Tinana / Counselling Change and Wellbeing in Practice||6||15||HSCO501,HSCO502||HSCO601|
|HSCO603||He Oranga Tangata / Foundations of Practice in Mental Health and Addictions||6||30||HSCO503,HSCO504|
|HSCO604||Te Whānau / Working with Whānau||6||15||HSCO503,HSCO504|
|HSCO605||Te Ture / Law, Ethics and Policy||6||15||HSCO501,HSCO502|
|HSCO606||Te Weu: Developing Treaty Based Practice||6||15||HSCO505|
|HSCO701||Kaupapa Arotake / Development of Counselling Practice||7||30||HSCO601,HSCO602,HSCO605|
|HSCO702||Ngā Pou Kōrero / Presentation and Review of Counselling Practice||7||30||HSCO601,HSCO602,HSCO605|
|HSCO703||Rangahau Māori / Research and Professional Practice||7||15||HSCO601,HSCO602,HSCO605|
|HSCO704||Te More: Transforming Treaty Based Practice||7||15||HSCO606|
|Module Code||Module Name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSCO705||Assessing Addictions Issues and Co-existing Problems|
|HSCO706||Counselling Interventions in Addictions and CoExisting|
|HSCO609||Te Hunga Rangatahi / Working with children and young people||6||15||HSCO604|
|HSCO707||Ngā Iwi Taketake / Indigenous Liberation Studies||7||15||HSCO504,HSCO505,HSCO606|
|FSIN713||Kaupapa Tirohanga / Developing Issues Focussed Practice||7||15||FSSC602 and FSSC603 or FSSC603 and FSCO603||HSCO601,HSCO602|
|FSIN714||Te Whakaruruhau / Care and Protection||7||15||FSSW605 or FSCO612 and FSCO613,HSCO601,HSCO602|
|HSCO607||Ngā Rongo 1||6||15||HSCO505,HSCO606|
|HSCO608||Ngā Rongo 1||6||15||HSCO505,HSCO606,HSCO607|
|Any other approved 15 credit module||5,6 or 7||15|
General Academic Admission
Candidates are required to have:
- University Entrance which is NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
- 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects; and
- Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
- Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
- A relevant qualification at Level 4 on the NZQF ; or
Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements to the courses, we offer four Certificates that will help prepare you for enrolment in the programme:
- Check that you meet the entry criteria (see above)
- Submit your Application to Enrol form as well as the completed additional information form.
- On this additional information form, you will be requested to provide contact details, including email addresses, for referees who will then be sent a link to complete a reference online
- Receive acknowledgement of your application
- The selection interview process involves:
- Group process where participants share their experiences that have led them to the programme – this is facilitated by the programme tutors.
- One on one interview with one of our tutors – this is an opportunity to review your study plans and discuss opportunities within the Centre for Health and Social Practice
- Written exercise that applicants will need to complete at the time of their interview – this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing and comprehension skills.
- ability to undertake academic work to the standard required;
- communication skills – verbal and written, in both interpersonal and group contexts;
- awareness and knowledge of the Te Tiriri o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi;
- awareness of your own beliefs and values;
- ability to work independently and part of a group.
The selection interview process will consider:
Graduates of this programme will be eligible for provisional membership of professional associations.
Registration of counsellors is currently not mandatory; however, the current benchmark for counselling practice is membership of an appropriate professional association with an appropriate code of ethics such as the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC), Te Whāriki Tautoko, or the New Zealand Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA). Counsellors working in the addictions field in the health workforce require DAPAANZ registration.
Graduates will be qualified to work in a range of social service positions primarily in not for profit social service agencies (NGOs) in counselling or related roles. Graduates may pathway into several relevant postgraduate programmes at Wintec and/or other tertiary education providers. Postgraduate study will enable counsellors to practice at a more advanced level in specialist roles.
Examples of where some of our graduates have gained employment:
- Specialist Support Worker, Community Living Trust, Hamilton
- Support Worker, IDEA Services, Hamilton
- Support and Information Coordinator, Parent to Parent and Altogether Autism, Hamilton
- Regional Branch Manager, Lifeline Aotearoa, Hamilton
- Private Practitioner (self-employed)
- Facilitator, Hamilton Abuse Intervention Project
- Clinician - Counsellor, Safe Network, Hamilton
Want to know what it's like to work as a counsellor?
Read Helen Bryant, Wintec Counselling graduate's story here.
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