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Session2,3
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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Overviews the role of the counsellor within an Australian context, and shows how research, personal self-awareness and skill development contribute to the development of the therapeutic relationship in counselling.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is counselling?
Topic 2: The therapeutic relationship
Topic 3: Self-awareness for the counsellor
Topic 4: Theories in counselling - psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, humanistic-existential
Topic 5: Micro skills 1 - attending skills and observation
Topic 6: Micro skills 2 - questioning
Topic 7: Micro skills 3 - responding
Topic 8: Micro skills 4 - reflection of feeling
Topic 9: The process of counselling
Topic 10: Multicultural issues
Topic 11: Ethical issues
Topic 12: Counselling as professional practice (including unit summary)

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 discuss the role and professional identity of the counsellor
2 outline the major issues for ethical counselling practice in an Australian context
3 critique issues of self-awareness for the counsellor
4 demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic-existential counselling
5 successfully demonstrate beginning counselling skills
6 reflect upon and evaluate their own values and beginning skill development.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the role and professional identity of the counsellor
    • GA4:
  2. outline the major issues for ethical counselling practice in an Australian context
    • GA3:
  3. critique issues of self-awareness for the counsellor
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic-existential counselling
    • GA4:
  5. successfully demonstrate beginning counselling skills
    • GA6:
  6. reflect upon and evaluate their own values and beginning skill development.
    • GA3:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.

  • Geldard, D, Geldard, K & Yin Foo, R, 2016, Basic Personal Counselling: a Training Manual for Counsellors, 8th edn, Cengage Learning Australia , South Melbourne, Australia. ISBN: 9780170364362.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.