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Start study from home in Trimester 2, 2020

For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

A forward looking, forward thinking professional area with solid growth prospects

A rehabilitation counsellor plays a key role in assisting people with injuries or social disadvantage to reach their occupational, personal or social participation goals. They assess an individual’s strengths and capabilities to develop a coordinated rehabilitation plan and provide advice on how they can improve their circumstances and the environment they live in.

You'll learn about vocational evaluation, job placement, injury management, disability, applied counselling and research methods, and will be given opportunities to apply your knowledge through organisational placements. By choosing to study Rehabilitation Counselling at Griffith, you'll be taking an important step towards building your career in healthcare.

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We’re committed to helping you achieve your study goals, no matter what. With flexible options that put you in control, discover how study can fit around your life.

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Study rehabilitation counselling at Griffith

Studying the 1.5-year Master of Rehabilitation Counselling will transform your life. You’ll study core vocational rehabilitation knowledge and skills from your first trimester, to develop your professional identity. Participating in inter-professional activities with other health students will ensure that you develop teamwork skills that will enhance your employability. All core courses are provided online with a range of interactive opportunities to provide you with enormous flexibility.

You’ll be taught by academics with industry experience using student-centred and active learning approaches. While you’re developing leadership skills and rehabilitation counselling values and skills, you’ll also be exposed to national and international vocational rehabilitation and disability management expertise. As a Griffith Rehabilitation Counselling graduate, you’ll be well prepared for where the profession is going and will be eligible for professional accreditation and associated industry recognition.

5-Star Rated

Rehabilitation at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Learner Engagement, Student Support, and Learning Resources by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Bron Taylor

Griffith rehabilitation counselling graduate

Group Workers Compensation Manager, Virgin Australia Airlines

'Throughout my learning, I felt supported, encouraged and empowered to succeed. Online study aligned with my lifestyle and work commitments. Putting the theory learned into practice has been instrumental in guiding Virgin Australia to achieve positive outcomes through our Disability Management program.'

Bron Taylor

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It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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Career outcomes

This program is designed to enhance employability with relevant skills and knowledge to be an effective and qualified rehabilitation counsellor. You'll be prepared for work as a rehabilitation counsellor in government, insurance, private and not-for-profit organisations involved with vocational rehabilitation services, workers compensation and motor accident rehabilitation, and disability employment services.

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You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) - CANCELLED

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo - CANCELLED

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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