COUN6011 Counselling Skills

Master Course Unit

COUN6011 Counselling Skills

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: none

Unit description

This unit offers students the opportunity to develop their core counselling skills, along with the core conditions for effectively managing the counselling process. It provides the foundation for subsequent specialisation and aims to develop the identity of the student as a counsellor.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate, analyse, and evaluate the application and integration of core counselling theory and skills
  • conduct both an initial and subsequent counselling session
  • establish counselling goals and action plans with clients
  • identify and manage the complexities of the counselling process
  • determine an appropriate approach to referral
  • explore the complex social, legal, and ethical issues associated with counselling
  • evaluate personal values and analyse how these may impact upon the counselling process
  • demonstrate self-awareness and integrate the capacity to be reflexive
  • understand and reflect upon clinical supervision

Unit content

  • Counselling in Context
  • The Therapeutic Frame
  • The Therapeutic Dialogue and Partnership
  • Empathising through Listening and Responding
  • Factors that Assist the Therapeutic Process
  • Moving from Helping Clients Explore Options to Specific Goal-Setting
  • Developing Possibilities
  • Working as a Professional
  • Ethical Competence for Counsellors
  • Moving Beyond Initial Sessions
  • Connecting Past to Present and Future
  • Termination and Review

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary



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Practice Session

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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 texts

Egan, G. (2014). The skilled helper: A problem-management and opportunity-development approach to helping(10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Tolan, J. (2012). Skills in person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). London, England: Sage Publications.

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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