Counsellor Development Workshops

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BASSIX)

Counsellor Development Workshops (CDWs) provide a highly dynamic and interactive opportunity to apply skills and knowledge. They consist of three individual one week workshops of intensive exercises and activities designed to consolidate the integration of theory and practice. Workshops are held throughout the year at the Sydney Brisbane and Melbourne Campuses.

Counsellor Development Workshops (CDWs) are a requirement for students in the counselling specialisation who have studied through Flexible Delivery, and not completed a minimum of 3 of the following units on campus:

Please note that we highly recommend attending these workshops regardless of whether you are studying on campus or by Flexible Delivery as they are a great opportunity to practise your skills.

In order to enrol in a CDW, students must have completed the appropriate pre-requisite units as outlined in the table below. 

Workshop Pre-requisites


The Client’s Experience

Counselling Skills 1
Counselling Skills 2


The Counsellor’s Experience

Counsellor Development Workshop 1
Counselling Methods 1
Counselling Methods 2
Social, Legal and Ethical Issues


Reflecting on the Counsellor’s Journey of Development

Counsellor Development Workshops 1 & 2
Developing Professional Practice (prev. Practicum 1)
Student Placement (min. 150 hours)


Students can enrol in the Counsellor Development Workshops through My Enrolment in my.acap when re-enrolling each term. For workshops times and dates see the Counsellor Development Workshop Dates available in Key Dates.


Students may be absent for up to 1 day of the CD Workshop program, only if there are extenuating circumstances – that is, 1 day in total from the full 3 weeks. Students must show supporting documentation for their absence such as a medical certificate. If a student misses more than one day, they will be required to repeat the workshop. This is to ensure that the student meets the hourly requirement of face to face learning as set by PACFA.