10 year anniversary for Counselling at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 9-12-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Counselling students, staff, alumni and industry partners gathered to celebrate a significant milestone for The University of Notre Dame Australia on Wednesday 15 December when the University’s formally recognised the Counselling program’s 10 year anniversary at the Counselling Annual Awards ceremony.

Along with medicine and nursing, counselling is an important contribution to the University’s on-going commitment to providing excellent graduates in the healthcare sector.

Professor Martin Philpott, Foundation Head of Counselling and coordinator since 1999, said it was particularly gratifying to see so many donors, alumni and agency coordinators present to celebrate this milestone.

“We are most grateful to those Counselling agencies and Supervising Coordinators who have supported us from the beginning when we enrolled our first Counselling students in Semester 1 2000.

“We enrolled 24 undergraduate students and 12 Master of Counselling students at that time. Since then we have added the Graduate Diploma in Counselling Skills as well as a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counselling and currently have close to 200 Counselling students enrolled at the Fremantle Campus,” Professor Philpott explained.

“The continued success of the Counselling programs offered by Notre Dame is in no small way due to the dedication and conscientiousness of all staff involved. This includes the sessional staff who take time out from their very busy practices to share their knowledge and expertise with our students.”

At the celebration, Professor Philpott advised of the programs recent Accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

“This is a significant event for us which allows our graduates to become Registered Counsellors with the newly created Australian Registration for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP),” said Professor Philpott.

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