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COU5009 Counselling Skills and Applications

Short Description: Counselling Skills & Applictns
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


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


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. The skills specifically addressed include core counselling microskills, such as observation, attending, encouraging, questioning, and reflection of content and feelings. Some of the more advanced influencing skills, such as empathic confrontation, exploration of meaning and values, interpretation, self-disclosure, and psychoeducation, are also developed in the course, given their role in behavioural change and the achievement of client goals. 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 offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2019 External