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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Overviews the use of counselling skills within human services work within an Australian context, and shows how research, personal self-awareness and skill development contribute to the development of the therapeutic relationship.

Unit content

Topic 1: Listening deeply in human services
Topic 2: Theories that inform human services practice
Topic 3: Micro skills l Topic 4: Micro skills ll 
Topic 5: The ‘counselling’ process 
Topic 6: Access, ethics and critical self reflection

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 discuss the use of counselling techniques in human services practice, addressing questions of ethical practice
2 describe basic principles of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic-existential theories
3 demonstrate beginning counselling skills
4 reflect upon and evaluate the importance of self-awareness, their own values and beginning skill development.

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

  1. discuss the use of counselling techniques in human services practice, addressing questions of ethical practice
  2. describe basic principles of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic-existential theories
  3. demonstrate beginning counselling skills
  4. reflect upon and evaluate the importance of self-awareness, their own values and beginning skill development.

Prescribed texts

  • 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.