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COU8103 Counselling Issues and Contexts

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Social Wk
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


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. Counsellor education at an advanced level requires a continued examination of issues introduced in previous studies and the development of clear conceptual and theoretical frameworks which underpin professional practice. Thus, this course introduces specific issues of therapeutic counselling and contains an intensive skill development and practice component which links to specific therapies within a designated transtheoretical model. This approach is then embedded in counselling practice. This course informs and provides the foundation for other courses in the counselling stream, as well as underpinning the learning outcomes for the various specialisations and advanced degrees in the counselling stream.

The course introduces students to transtheoretical notions of change and resistance. It introduces different client groups that require counsellors to demonstrate sensitivity to diverse experiences. It then introduces students to a range of formats and configurations whereby counselling is delivered. Its final part is surveying commonly presenting issues in counselling, their features, assessment, and treatment.

This course requires mandatory attendance in a four-day residential school and 10 hours online synchronous workshops.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Date printed 27 June 2022