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 effectively with involuntary clients

Topic 2. Crisis intervention / Task centred social work

Topic 3. Counselling perspectives 1

Topic 4. Counselling perspectives 2

Topic 5. Counselling perspectives 3

Topic 6. Communicating with couples and families

Topic 7. Relationship counselling

Topic 8.  Family therapy

Topic 9 Recording in casework, case management and counselling

Topic 10. Writing court reports and related documents

Topic 11. 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 6 hours over one day (1)
Structured online learning 1 hours (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%
Clinical skills30%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (12 weeks)
Residential session 6 hours per day for 7 days (7 days)
Case study40%
Clinical skills30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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