Phoenix Institute of Australia


Students in the Community

What is the Phoenix Community?

Phoenix students are exposed to cognitive approaches to psychotherapy, as well as to experiential modes of healing engaging the full spectrum of human consciousness. Phoenix invests in a vision of a community tolerant of individuality, fostering counsellors and therapists who are able to validate and support meaning in their clients’ experiences.

For such a community to be viable, Phoenix students take on an attitude of personal responsibility for their own self-development, so that they become models of exemplary practice for their clients.

The Phoenix community seeks to become a model for how an educational institution can support the emergence of more ‘conscious’ individuals who aspire towards authenticity and who can build communities and be connected to their environment.

It is the dedicated goal of the Phoenix Institute to foster a new generation of integrated practitioners and thereby bring psycho-spiritual work into the mainstream of therapeutic practice.

When a student chooses to study in the Phoenix community, they will become part of the growing network of students and graduates, both in Australia and internationally, working in the wider community supporting holistic and psycho-spiritual health therapies.

Phoenix in the Community

All Phoenix students must undertake work placement to complete their qualifications and this practical placement is an opportunity for students to gain first hand experience in the wider community by working with and being involved in art therapy and related activities.

By participating in placement work Phoenix is also contributing to the wider community. Each year Phoenix is proud to offer over approximately 20,000 hours of voluntary community work.

Placement is structured workplace learning that helps prepare the student for the workforce. It is part of the course, designed to help the student better understand the learning by putting it into practice in the workplace during a specified time.

Practical placement is different from work experience in that instead of just observing what goes on, the student is given the opportunity by a host employer to undertake tasks that relate to the Phoenix course in an appropriate industry setting.