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Hands-on training is an important part of your studies at JNI. Students may secure placement opportunities in not-for-profit and government welfare organisations across Sydney, including Lifeline, Catholic Care, Foundation House, Christian Community Aid, KYDS, Kirribilli Community Centre, Wesley Mission and Salvation Army. These placements offer students the opportunity to work with clients on a wide range of subjects such as relationship, family, youth and work related issues, as well as mental health concerns, and our staff are on hand to advise and support students with their placement applications.

What’s it like in the field?

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I’ve been so fortunate with my JNI counselling placement at Lifeline in Gordon. I also worked at the Wayside Chapel at kings cross as a student counsellor…Getting a good placement is a great experience.

JNI Graduate – Masters of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy

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I worked with a group of homeless men who are now no longer homeless. They happened to be able to play musical instruments and they had a little band together. I worked with that band and a venue and we were able to give them their first live concert in front of an audience. It was a huge success for them. What means most to me about that experience was the self esteem and the re-belief in themselves. If I have something to be proud of, that would certainly be it...My next [work] experience will be working with disabled people.

JNI Student – Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

The placements are like the testing ground, you learn pretty quickly what you know and what you don’t. I wanted to experience the narrative approach to placement and it was just quite life changing. We worked with refugee kids, and to watch these kids thrive through the placement was just life changing.

MARTIN DEAN  - Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences (Counselling) - Online
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