COUN5031 Counselling Skills 2

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

COUN5031 Counselling Skills 2

Level: Higher

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills 1


Unit description

In this unit Counselling Skills 2, students build on the foundation of Counselling Skills 1 to develop more advanced assessment and counselling skills for working with diverse client groups. Skills in building family genograms, case conceptualisation and suicide risk assessment; crisis counselling skills, and advanced skills in working with themes, narratives and blind spots, are introduced. Skills for working with the therapeutic relationship are outlined, including the careful use of self-disclosure, immediacy, reframing and normalising. Students will also develop Solution-focused counselling skills, relaxation techniques to reduce anxiety, and telephone and web counselling skills.

Students are also introduced to counselling practice with involuntary clients and clients who find themselves resistant to counselling. Skills for counselling children are also developed.

There are opportunities for learning about the range of advanced counselling skills covered in this unit through watching counselling demonstrations on YouTube and the In Counselling Video resources available on the library website. Learning activities provide opportunity for self-reflection and ongoing practice with peers in triad groups. These activities are very important in developing counselling skills.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • apply advanced counselling skills to a range of interactions with clients, including working with themes, narratives and blind spots; Solution-focused counselling skills, and relaxation techniques
  • develop genograms to map family structures, and apply genograms to assessment of clients' family histories
  • develop and apply skills in case conceptualisation to understand underlying factors contributing to clients' presenting problems
  • use principles of suicide risk assessment to identify risk factors and warning signs
  • understand and apply crisis counselling interventions in practice sessions and compare with other models of counselling
  • apply skills of counsellor self-disclosure, immediacy, normalising and reframing appropriately to build the counselling relationship and shift client perspectives
  • apply theory and skills to case studies of counselling involuntary and resistant clients, and children
  • identify and apply skills for telephone and web counselling
  • maintain client records appropriately and use clinical supervision

 

Unit content

  • Introduction to Advanced Counselling Skills
  • Exploring Clients' Presenting Problems and Case Planning
  • Suicide Assessment and Crisis Counselling
  • Working with Themes, Narrative Gaps and Blind Spots, and Creating Hope
  • Self-disclosure, Immediacy, Normalising and Reframing
  • Working with Clients who are Involuntary and Resistant, and Skills for Challenging Clients
  • Solution-focused and Externalising Counselling Skills
  • Relaxation for Anxiety and Strategies for Regulating Feelings
  • Telephone and Web Counselling
  • Counselling Children
  • Record Keeping and Use of Clinical Supervision
  • Combining Theories and Skills: Putting it Altogether

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Regular Term

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Completion of five section activities:
Activity 1.2
Activity 2.2
Activity 3.2
Activity 4.2
Activity 5.1

50%

400 words each, Total 2500 words

7

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

25%

25%

  20 mins.

1500

12

12

Summer School (2014)

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Completion of five section activities:
Activity 1.2
Activity 2.2
Activity 3.2
Activity 4.2
Activity 5.1

40%

300 words each, Total 1500 words

End of on campus week.

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

30%

30%

  25 mins.

2000

10 Days after Assignment 1

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquistition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

Geldard, D., & Geldard, K. (2012). Basic personal counselling: A training manual for counsellors (7th ed.). Sydney, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Relevant journals

Australian Psychologist
British Journal of Social Work
CPJ: Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Counselor Education and Supervision
Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Journal of Counseling and Development
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
Journal of Humanistic Education and Development
Psychotherapy Networker
Psychotherapy in Australia
The Counseling Psychologist
Therapy

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.