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Masters in Holistic Counselling

Available completely online

Total of 48 lessons plus Thesis
92 weeks part-time (approximately 10 hours of study per week)
46 weeks full time (about 20 hours of study per week)


Actual completion time for the Masters in Holistic Counselling is 104 weeks part-time (2 years) or 56 weeks full time. Students can also request longer study breaks between modules (up to four weeks), making the possible course duration longer again.

Graduates will receive the Mind Body Education Masters in Holistic Counselling and are entitled to use the letters Mast.Hol.Couns.(MBEd)

There are eleven programs which form this comprehensive training course and career pathway, and students will receive the relevant certificate each time they graduate from a level.

The programs are: (Course content for all of these programs are listed at the end of this page)

Level One: Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development Includes: Certificate of Meditation Teaching, Certificate in Chair Yoga Instruction and Certificate in Holistic Counselling and Life Coaching.
The Certificate course is an important foundation course for Holistic Counsellors as it will provide you with a strong understanding of meditation as a therapy and a range of tools for you to use with your counselling clients. It will also give you a basic understanding of how stress and fear effect health on both a physical and psychological level.
Level Two: Certificate in Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
Level Three: Certificate in Brain Body Medicine
Level Four: Certificate in Advanced Holistic Counselling
Level Five: Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling
Level Six: Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling
Level Seven: Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling
Level Eight: Certificate in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling
Level Nine: Certificate in Corporate Stress Management
Level Ten: Holistic Psychotherapy
Level Eleven: Masters in Holistic Counselling Thesis

You will also receive your Diploma of Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling, your Advanced Diploma in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Counselling and your Masters in Holistic Counselling.

Course Dates, Fees & Payment Plans

Course commencement dates:

16th March 2020
27th April 2020
8th May 2020

Course fee paid in full on enrolment: $5335 AUD

Course fee payment plan

For part-time students doing the 92-week course only
$209 on enrolment. Plus, 90 weekly payments of $60.50.
Total $5654 AUD

Course fee payment plan. For full-time students doing the 46-week course only.
$209 on enrolment. Plus, 45 weekly payments of $121
Total $5654 AUD

Courses Pathway

Certificate in Meditation Teaching and Holistic Human Development

Studies in Chair Yoga, Holistic Counselling and Meditation Techniques are a core component throughout all course modules.

Module One - Foundation Studies in Meditation
History and Theory of Meditation
Developing Meditation routines
Deepening and refining your practice

Module Two – Stress; Understanding Cause & Effect
Understanding stress
Physiological responses to stress
Psychological causes of stress

Module Three - Foundations of Human Happiness
The psychology of happiness
Subconscious programming and reprogramming
States of mind & Fundamentals of self-image

Module Four - Tools for Healing
Tools for healing
Positive thinking skills
Foundations of Mind-Body Medicine
Meditation as a healing tool & Hypnotic states

Module Five - Meditation Styles and Techniques
Poses and positions
Chakras and energy Meditations
Guided Meditations & visualisation
Mantras and affirmations in Meditation

Module Six - Teaching
Talking to groups & Group leadership skills
Answering questions about Meditation Leading guided Meditations
Overcoming obstacles to Meditation practice
Creating safe and effective teaching environments

Module Seven - Working with Specific Groups
People with disabilities
Health care professionals & business clients
Difficult clients

Module Eight - Counselling & Coaching Skills
Client-centred approach
Active listening skills
Identifying obstacles
Case studies

Module Nine - Running Classes and Workshops
Basic Meditation
The Inner Voyage Course (Meditation, Stress Management & Personal Development Combination)
Inner Voyage Teen Program (Meditation for Teenagers)
Choosing Venues

Module Ten - Corporate and Community Settings
Corporate stress management and relaxation workshops
Approaching community groups and organisations
Volunteer and community work

Module Eleven – Small Business Management
Ethics and Professionalism
Your public profile
Fundamentals of customer service
Maintaining student/client records
Charging for your services
Running a small home office

Module Twelve – Marketing; The key to success
Understanding the power of branding, targeted marketing and advertising
The Internet - How to use free advertising for your business
Public image

Autonomic Nervous System Realignment Therapy (ANSR)
The Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for determining which neurochemicals and what amounts are released into our bodies; these chemicals create the physical environment our cells are formed in and live inside. This course explores the link between the way we chose to think (our perception), the neurochemicals those mental states determine and how chemical imbalances cause disease. Based on clinical evidence, ANSR investigates how and why, what we think influences our level of physical wellbeing and explains, in practical terms, how changing our thinking process will dramatically improve our physical health.

Brain Body Medicine
This course explores why people can find themselves ‘trapped’ in old belief systems, negative thinking and habitual ideas that do not contribute to living happy or healthy lives. It provides a deeper understanding of the simple and practical tools we can use to help adopt a more positive and healthier thinking process. It includes an in-depth exploration of how and why particular thinking patterns manifest into specific physical illness. Based on scientific research and humanistic psychology, this course takes the mystery out of ‘mind-body medicine’ and brings a popular theory into a new light as a comprehensive healing modality.

Advanced Marketing and Business Development Skills for the Holistic Practitioner
This training course expands on the marketing skills you began to develop in your Certificate course and provide you with valuable insight into developing a holistic business ethically and consciously. You will learn about marketing trends, using the internet to promote your business, developing a public profile, free and close to free advertising, attracting new students and clients to your business, networking, generating referrals for your business and creative marketing ideas. You will also learn about writing editorial and articles for print publication, creating newsletters, writing blogs and developing social media. You will develop a comprehensive marketing plan to apply within your own business throughout this module.

Corporate Stress Management
Corporate Stress Management Stress can have a significant effect on work performance. Some of the consequences include absenteeism, diminished performance, negative attitude and cynicism, a decline in commitment and creativity, and a decreased ability to concentrate, learn and interact with other employees. Stressed workers can also develop a range of symptoms including insomnia, headaches, back pain, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue, anxiety, irritability and depression. This course focuses on developing your skills as a Corporate Stress Management Consultant and using your qualification to help build active workplace stress management programs, better self-esteem among employees, stronger workplace teams and higher productivity levels for business owners.

Advanced Holistic Counselling
This course delves deeper into the practicalities of holistic counselling. You will study communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), building counsellor/client relationships, relationship counselling, the holistic counselling process, mental and emotional wellbeing, counselling parents, counselling teenagers and releasing past trauma. This course also looks at the ethical aspects of holistic counselling and will guide you in developing a professional practice.

Meditation for the Management of Depression and Anxiety
This course provides people with the tools required to self-manage depression and anxiety as well as better manage stress in daily life. As we witness the distressing increase in the number of people dependent on antidepressant drugs to cope with everyday life, we realise how essential it has become to provide natural and self-managed alternatives to medication as a standalone treatment. Teaching Meditation for Depression and Anxiety is particularly useful for practitioners who wish to focus on the epidemic of stress, depression and anxiety-related disorders that are rampant in our modern communities and combines exceptionally well with holistic counselling.

Meditation for the Management of Pain and Healing
Modern research has confirmed the age-old wisdom that meditation can cure many physical and psychological ailments. This training program allows practitioners to specialise in the area of self-empowered healing and personal pain management and covers self-healing and recovery, and meditation for pain management. (This is an excellent course for anyone who is interested in working in the holistic healing field and combines particularly well with Chair Yoga teaching.)

Meditation for Children
Meditation for children is a great class for those interested in working with children, offering young students a fantastic first step toward a lifetime of health and happiness. The kid’s classes are lots of fun and high energy. Children learn the basics of traditional yoga poses through role play. They learn about how their bodies work, how to look after themselves and how to be calm and relaxed Learning meditation through creative visualisation also significantly contributes toward better sleeping patterns and a wide range of other health and emotional benefits for kids and their parents.

Certificate in Men’s Holistic Health and Wellbeing
The course offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the issues many men face in our modern society. Subjects include men and communication, understanding anger, facing fear, sexuality, men’s roles in society, rites of passage, fatherhood, men’s health, and cultivating creativity for men. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for men, including warrior-style workshops and celebrations of manhood.

Prenatal Meditation
Prenatal meditation and use of meditation during childbirth contribute significantly to a more peaceful, faster and less painful birthing experience. It also helps to create a calmer, happier baby and a more confident, relaxed mother. This is a wonderful and rewarding field to teach meditation, and the program you will learn can be offered as a two-day workshop or adapted for a weekly class structure.

Meditation for Weight Management
This course will assist you in developing a good understanding of the causes of excess weight problems, the physical and emotional impacts, facilitate workshops that help people in accomplishing a healthy body weight, developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles, healthier mindsets and a more positive self-image. You will also be able to assist people in adopting healthy eating habits, basic exercise programs and meditation routines, and guide them towards developing positive thinking skills. Your clients and students will be exposed to a new understanding of why they have weight issues and will be inspired to apply new, practical and achievable ideas. They will have the resources and support they need to overcome the root causes of their weight issues and move forward into a healthier and happier future.

Meditation for Women in Transition and Women’s Mid-life Health and Wellbeing
This course will prepare you to support women in transition and guide them with excellent tools that assist in developing high self-esteem, self-empowerment, inner strength, trust, self-love, joy and forgiveness. You will also learn about the physical effects of menopause, explore social attitudes regarding women and aging, and develop an understanding of the impact of diet, exercise and meditation on managing menopause. This course also covers running workshops and retreats for women, including goddess-style workshops and celebrations of womanhood.

Certificate in Holistic Trauma and Abuse Counselling
Trauma and Abuse Counselling works to assist people whose lives have been adversely affected through being abused or traumatised either physically or psychologically. (This may include sexual abuse, violent physical attack, bullying at home and school or in the workplace, domestic violence, witnessing or being involved in a traumatic incident or accident.)

The Trauma and Abuse Counsellors provides support, guidance and resources for the client to overcome the trauma and begin to implement strategies and positive life habits that allow them to live a normal, balanced life again.

Trauma and Abuse Counsellors must also have a thorough understanding of referral networks and the cycle of domestic violence as some of their clients may still be experiencing abuse and require guidance in removing themselves from danger.

Certificate in Holistic Grief and Loss Counselling
Grief and Loss counselling becomes necessary when a person is so disabled by their grief; and, so overwhelmed by their loss, that their normal coping processes are disabled or shut down.
People may require Grief and Loss Counselling after the death of a loved one, after a long term relationship ends or even after losing their job. All people experience grief and loss differently. Grief counselling facilitates an expression of emotion and thought about the loss, including their feeling sad, anxious, angry, lonely, guilty, relieved, isolated, confused, or numb.

It includes thinking creatively about the challenges that follow loss and coping with concurrent changes in their lives. Often people feel disorganised, tired, have trouble concentrating, sleep poorly and have vivid dreams. They may experience a change in appetite or a change in their health.
Grief counselling may be called upon when a person suffers anticipatory grief, for example, an intrusive and frequent worry about a loved one whose death is not imminent. Anticipatory mourning also occurs when a loved one has a terminal illness. (This can handicap that person’s ability to stay present while simultaneously holding onto, letting go of, and drawing closer to the dying person.)

Holistic Grief and Loss Counsellors are able to provide clients with coping skills, emotional support and resources (and sometimes referrals) to help support them through the normal grieving process and also through what is known as ‘complicated grief’ (which occurs when the client gets stuck in, or does not progress through, the natural stages of grief on their own.

Certificate in Holistic Telephone Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Telephone Counselling prepares students to offer telephone and online counselling for clients who are unable to attend in person for various reasons. These reasons may include family or work commitments, disability, location, lack of transport or isolation.

Telephone counsellors need special skills to ensure the client experiences as close as possible, the safe and nurturing environment the counsellor would provide in a face-to-face consultation.

Certificate in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling
The Postgraduate Certificate Course in Holistic Marriage and Relationship Counselling provides students with the skill and information required to counsel couples, families, siblings and others involved in close relationships who are seeking assistance to overcome difficulties within the relationship.

In this role the Marriage and Relationship Counsellor will often act as a mediator and will provide the clients with positive communication skills and life tools to assist them in expressing their emotions in a positive and non-blameful manner, taking responsibility for their part in the relationship breakdown, setting goals and identifying desired outcomes for themselves and the relationship.

Holistic Psychotherapy
8-week Research Project.

Masters in Holistic Counselling Thesis
8-week Research Project.