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EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Intro to Counsel in Edu Contex
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070113 - Teacher Education: Special Edu
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Yosheen Pillay


EDU8332 is one of a suite of courses that make up the Guidance & Counselling Major in the Master of Education Program at USQ. EDU8332 is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in guidance and counselling, school counselling, or as an educational psychology professional in educational and other settings. It is the first of two courses that focus on counselling in educational contexts, the second being EDU8333, Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts. The provision of counselling services in educational contexts is a feature of the position descriptions of Guidance Offices and School Counsellors across national and international settings. Guidance and counselling personnel along with a range of other school based student welfare professionals use counselling skills for a broad range of purposes relating to individuals in need and also in group processes and working in organisational roles.


This course provides students with an opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of the key issues presented to guidance personnel in contemporary education settings and to develop basic counselling skills with these contexts in mind. A strong online pedagogy supports student learning and helps to build a sense of belonging to a community of practice where students are seen as significant contributors to knowledge building and skill development in this complex field. An ecological and case study approach is used to assist students develop skills in case analysis and formulation as part of the determination to engage in counselling as an intervention in an educational setting. This foundation work introduces the need for the development of high level skills in the application of basic counselling competencies in the service of student wellbeing. The delivery of counselling services in educational settings requires an understanding of the legal, ethical and professional competency issues that apply when working with children, adolescents and adults. These are canvassed throughout the course. 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.


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 successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. define counselling in educational contexts (Assignment 1);
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and professional issues associated with counselling practice in educational settings (Assignments 1 and 2);
  3. demonstrate competence in basic micro-counselling skills (Assignment 2);
  4. critically reflect on the role that personal values, culture and experiences play in the counselling process (Assignment 1);
  5. critically discuss the roles of counselling practitioners in education contexts (Assignment 2);
  6. apply case analysis principles to case simulations across the developmental range relevant to education contexts (Assignments 1 and 2);
  7. demonstrate an awareness of and capacity to apply counselling micro-skills as a response to a variety of case simulations (Assignments 1 and 2);
  8. demonstrate effective use of ICT in their academic work, competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing and demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic and information literacy skills (Assignments 1 and 2).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to counselling 15.00
2. Counselling in educational contexts 15.00
3. Case Analysis and Conceptualising 20.00
4. Basic counselling skills 20.00
5. Enhancing the quality of the counselling relationship 15.00
6. Integration of counselling skills 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Ivey, AE, Ivey, MB & Zalaquett, CP 2017, Intentional interviewing and counselling: facilitating client development in a multicultural society, 9th edn, Cengage Learning, Belmont, California.

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.
Egan, G 2018, The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping, 11th edn, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, California.
Geldard, D & Geldard, K 2016, Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors, 8th edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
Geldard, K & Geldard, D 2019, Counselling adolescents: the proactive approach for young people, 5th edn, Sage Publications, London.
Geldard, K, Geldard, D & Foo, RY 2018, Counselling children: a practical introduction, 5th edn, Sage Publications, London.
Patton, W & McMahon, M 2014, Career development and systems theory: connecting theory and practice, 3rd edn, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam.
Schmidt, JJ 2014, Counseling in schools: comprehensive programs of responsive services for all students, 6th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, Massachusetts.
Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 19 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 40 40 10 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 30 30 24 May 2021

Important assessment information

  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.

  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:
    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 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:
    Not applicable.

  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. 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 at

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 18 June 2021