OnlineSession 2,3Session 2

Unit description

Overviews the role of the counsellor within an Australian context, and shows how research, personal self-awareness and skill development contribute to the development of the therapeutic relationship in counselling.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is counselling?
Topic 2: The therapeutic relationship
Topic 3: Self-awareness for the counsellor
Topic 4: Theories in counselling - psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic-existential
Topic 5: Micro skills 1 - attending skills and observation
Topic 6: Micro skills 2 - questioning
Topic 7: Micro skills 3 - responding
Topic 8: Micro skills 4 - reflection of feeling
Topic 9: The process of counselling
Topic 10: Multicultural issues
Topic 11: Ethical issues
Topic 12: Counselling as professional practice (including unit summary)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Geldard, D, Geldard, K & Yin Foo, R, 2016, Basic Personal Counselling: a Training Manual for Counsellors, 8th edn, Cengage Learning Australia , South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170364362.

Session 3

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Recorded Interview30%
Written Evaluation30%

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