EDU8332 Introduction to Educational Counselling

Subject Cat-nbr Term Mode Description Units Campus
EDU 8332 1, 2010 EXT Introduction to Educational Counselling 1 Toowoomba

Academic group: FOEDU
Academic org: FOE002
Student contribution band: National Priority Teaching
ASCED code: 070113



Examiner: Stephen Hughes
Moderator: Patrick O'Brien


The Master in Educational Counselling program is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in guidance and counselling, or as an educational psychology professional in educational and other settings. The intensive skill development component of this course prepares counsellors to apply their conceptual and theoretical knowledge for the effective conduct of their professional duties. Professional and ethical issues specifically related to school and counselling practice are also covered to ensure students are aware of appropriate professional practice. The course will also provide an opportunity for students enrolled in the Career Development specialisation of the Postgraduate Certificate in education to apply basic counselling skills to career guidance and counselling practice. Note that this course is developed in the Australian cultural context and may have limited transferability to other cultural contexts.


This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the counselling process and introduces the foundation skills of counselling. Professional and ethical issues pertaining to aspects of counselling in educational settings will be discussed. Consultation processes with parents, school personnel and other key stakeholders will also be examined. The roles of the school counsellor/guidance officer and career practitioner will be addressed and contextual issues impacting on the client, the school counsellor, the school setting, and the therapeutic process will be explored. There is an emphasis on both personal and professional self-exploration and development.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

define counselling in educational contexts (Residential School Workbook; Essay Task)
demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and professional issues associated with counselling practice in educational settings (All assessment itmes).
demonstrate competence in basic micro-counselling skills (Role Play/Video Tape 1; Role paly/Video Tape 2).
critically reflect on the fole that personal values, culture and experiences play in the counselling process. (Essay task, residential School Workshop)
critically discuss the roles of counselling practitioners in education contexts (Essay Task)
outline a program for the counselling role in a professional context (Essay Task)
demonstrate effective use of ICT in their academic work, competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuations and bibliographic referencing and demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic and information literacy skills. (All tasks).


Description Weighting (%)
1. Introduction to counselling
2. Counselling in context
3. Introductory counselling skills
4. Basic counselling skills
5. Enhancing the quality of the counselling relationship
6. Integration of counselling skills
7. The counselling process - an overview
8. The roles of the school counsellor/career practitioner

TEXT and MATERIALS required to be PURCHASED or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials are available for purchase from USQ BOOKSHOP (unless otherwise stated). Orders may be placed via secure internet, free fax 1800642453, phone 07 46312742 (within Australia), or mail. Overseas students should fax +61 7 46311743, or phone +61 7 46312742. For costs, further details, and internet ordering, use the 'Textbook Search' facility at click 'Semester', then enter your 'Course Code' (no spaces).

Ivey, AE & Ivey, MB 2010, Intentional interviewing and counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural society, 7th edn, Thomsen/Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.


Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

(Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information The gateway to education resources is here ...

Corey, G 2005, Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy, 7th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont.

Patton, W & McMahon, M 2006, Career development and systems theory: connecting theory and practice, 2nd edn, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.

Schmidt, JJ 2003, Counseling in schools: essential services and comprehensive programs, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston.


Directed Study 82.00
Independent Study 83.00


Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
ROLE PLAY/VIDEO TAPE 1 25 25 06 Apr 2010
ROLE PLAY/VIDEO TAPE 2 30 30 08 Apr 2010
ESSAY TASK 35 35 04 Jun 2010


  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. All students are encouraged to attend the residential school. Students who are unable to participate in the residential school in person may negotiate alternative arrangements with the course examiner.
  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the practical component satisfactorily, students must submit all practical reports and obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each report submitted.
  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and must satisfactorily complete the practical counselling component/s and the combined academic component/s.
  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.
  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.
  8. University Regulations:
    Students should read USQ Regulations 5.1 Definitions, 5.6. Assessment, and 5.10 Academic Misconduct for further information and to avoid actions which might contravene University Regulations. These regulations can be found at the URL or in the current USQ Handbook.


1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.


  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.
  2. Students are to use a recognised referencing system as specified by the examiner.

This version produced 17 May 2011.