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CDS1002 Counselling Skills

Semester 2, 2019 External
Short Description: Counselling Skills
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090513 - Counselling
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Nathan Beel

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


The intention for this course is to prepare students for competency in the knowledge and practical application of generic and foundational counselling microskills. These skills are essential for supportive and therapeutic communication within a range of caring professions including counselling, human services, psychology, nursing, and teaching. Students will learn and apply counselling microskills within a structured framework. The course will take students from basic to advanced level counselling skills.


This course introduces students to counselling within the helping professions and key values that counselling operates from. It introduces a framework of helping, including structured stages and tasks. Within this framework, students will learn specific communication and counselling skills that are foundational in the majority of counselling modalities.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school and online asynchronous tutorials. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( The dates and times of the online tutorials will be available in the course study schedule.


On successful completion of this course should be able to:

  1. developed a theoretical understanding of the Egan Model and its individual microskills;
  2. appropriately utilise basic counselling and interviewing skills;
  3. display self-awareness, openness to learn, and the receptivity to receive and implement feedback;
  4. to observe, identify, and critically evaluate basic counselling skills;
  5. use and apply ethical and therapeutic values in interviewing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ingredients of successful helping 10.00
2. The helping relationship and its guiding values 10.00
3. Empathic presence: Tuning in and listening 10.00
4. Empathic responding: Working at mutual understanding 10.00
5. Probing and summarising 10.00
6. Client and helper self-challenge 10.00
7. Introduction to the problem management process 10.00
8. Helping clients tell their story 10.00
9. Helping clients develop goals and possibilities 10.00
10. Helping clients plan and implement strategies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Egan, G 2019, Exercises in helping skills: a manual to accompany the skilled helper, 11th edn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.
Egan, G 2019, The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity development approach to helping, 11th edn, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA.

Reference materials

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.
Geldard, D & Geldard, K 2017, Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors, 8th edn, Pearson Education Australia.
(A brief, easy to read, counselling skills text.)
Ivey, AE, Ivey, MB & Zalaquett, CP 2017, Intentional interviewing and counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural society, 9th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.
(A comprehensive microskills training equivalent.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 40.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study or Practice 35.00
Residential Schools 30.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quiz 100 15 25 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
Video 1 100 30 26 Aug 2019
Video 2 100 45 19 Oct 2019
Participation 10 10 24 Oct 2019 (see note 2)

  1. The quiz will be held online. It will be broken up into smaller quizzes held on specified dates throughout the semester, as advised in the course study schedule.
  2. There will be interpersonal activities conducted in this course to support student learning and skill acquisition.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are highly recommended to attend the residential school and online tutorials in order to enhance applied knowledge and assist with meeting professional association membership requirements. It is also linked to an assessment item or an element of assessment preparation. There are no weekly on campus attendance requirements for this course, however it is the students’ responsibility 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted 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:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.