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EDU8507 Counselling in Education Contexts: Theory & Practice

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Helping professionals in education contexts require high level communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, in order to provide optimum support to clients. Education contexts are not the same as clinical contexts in which specific forms of counselling and psychotherapy are practiced. However, the application of counselling microskills informed by models of therapy and counselling theory are used routinely to assess client needs, attend to short term client distress or critical incidents, negotiate with services and design effective support plans focusing on client wellbeing and functioning in education contexts. EDU8507 provides a solid foundation from which professional staff in helping roles in education contexts can build competency in the application of the microskills of counselling that form the focus of EDU8332 and EDU8333.

EDU8507 aims to assist helping professionals working in education contexts to develop an in depth, working understanding of the theoretical foundations of counselling and the principles that inform professional practice. The course focuses on contemporary education contexts and the ways that counselling theory and practice can contribute to client and community wellbeing. Contemporary issues in education contexts such as diversity, mental health, digital technology, sexuality and suicidality are canvassed before learning about the foundation concepts of counselling: change, counsellor as a context, the therapeutic relationship, positive psychology and wellness, and models for describing the counselling process. Case conceptualization as a process is explored in the context of different therapeutic traditions. Finally a model of case management is introduced to integrate the delivery of services to clients beyond the counselling room.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022