Unit description

Builds on skills and knowledge gained in Social Work Direct Practice I. Examines effective communication within specific contexts and modes of practice, including crisis intervention, relationship counselling and family therapy. Develops skills in writing for social work practice.

Unit content

Topic 1. Communicating with couples and families
Topic 2. Communicating effectively with involuntary clients
Topic 3. Counselling perspectives, including. strengths perspective, psychodynamic approaches, cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative therapy
Topic 4. Crisis intervention
Topic 5. Relationship counselling
Topic 6. Family therapy
Topic 7. Recording in casework, case management and counselling
Topic 8. Writing court reports and related documents
Topic 9. Communicating in public settings, including court

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

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Clinical skills30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Clinical skills30%

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Fee information


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