COUN5911 Cross Cultural Counselling

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

COUN5911 Cross Cultural Counselling

Level: Higher

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills 2

Unit description

This unit provides a conceptual framework and skills for cross cultural counselling. It addresses the particular needs of counselling clients of different backgrounds in Australia’s multicultural society. Students are expected to develop cross cultural sensitivity and awareness of issues as well as effective skills and strategies for cross cultural counselling.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • identify the concepts and basic issues in cultural diversity in Australia
  • demonstrate an understanding of cross cultural issues for counselling
  • identify cross cultural counselling issues
  • demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues for counselling
  • use cross cultural counselling skills

Unit content

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Cultural Identity: Formation and Change
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Cultural Bias – Values and the Counselling
  • Social and Political Influences
  • Indigenous Issues
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Interpreters, Resources and Translations
  • Cross Cultural Counselling Approaches and Techniques
  • Culture and Illness
  • Refugee Issues: Torture, Trauma, Loss and Resettlement
  • Conflict Resolution in Cross-Cultural Work

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Case Study




Academic Essay




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

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

Recommended text

d’Ardenne, P., & Mahtani, A. (1999). Transcultural counselling in action (2nd ed.) London, England: Sage Publications.

Relevant journals

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Australian Psychologist
International Review of Psychiatry
Counseling and Values
Counseling Psychology Quarterly
Journal of Counseling and Development
Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development
The Australian Journal Of Counselling Psychology
Transcultural Psychiatric Review
Transcultural Psychiatry

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 to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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