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COU8101 Counselling Skills and Applications

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Examiner: Elisa Agostinelli


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCCO or GDCN or MCCO or PDEV or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNSG or GDNG or GCNG


The knowledge and skills acquired in this course are designed to address areas of competence required for registration as a counsellor, and will be relevant to similar standards in most allied health disciplines. Effective practice in the helping professions relies on a strong foundation in the core skills of counselling methods and processes as well as on both personal and professional self-exploration, reflective practice, and ongoing professional development. The course is one of the core courses in the counselling stream and informs and links with others in the counselling stream. It also underpins the learning outcomes for the various specialisations and advanced degrees in this stream.

This course provides students with a thorough understanding of counselling processes and practices. It includes a specific focus on practical skills, based on counselling theory. Students will also develop their ability to plan, structure, and manage a counselling session, including attention to ethical and contextual issues affecting the client and therapeutic process. Because there is a concomitant focus on the nexus between the therapist as a person and a professional, the course also emphasises introspection, reflective practice, and professional learning and growth.

This course contains a mandatory four-day residential school and 10 hours of mandatory online synchronous workshops.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. competently apply core counselling microskills;
  2. effectively use influencing skills to effect behaviour change;
  3. plan, structure, manage, and evaluate a counselling session, paying attention to ethical and contextual issues affecting the client and therapeutic process;
  4. incorporate a feedback-informed approach and critically reflect on their practice to facilitate ongoing professional learning and development.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Ethical, contextual, and relational issues affecting the client and therapeutic process 10.00
2. Core counselling microskills 30.00
3. Influencing skills to effect behaviour change 20.00
4. Structuring, managing, and evaluating a counselling session 20.00
5. Feedback-informed practice 10.00
6. Reflective practice and ongoing professional learning and development 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Ivey, A. E., Bradford Ivey, M., & Zalaquett, C. P 2018, Intentional Interviewing and Counselling:, Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society, 9th edn, Cengage Learning.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Demonstration 1 No 20 1
Assignments Written Quiz 1 No 20 1,2,3
Assignments Practical Demonstration 2 No 10 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 30 1,2,3,4
Assignments Written Quiz 2 No 20 1,2,3
Date printed 18 May 2022