Bachelor Course Unit
Credit points: 6
Mode of Study: On Campus and Blended Delivery
In this unit, students develop an understanding of the historical development of the counselling profession and an applied understanding of counselling skills. Student learning is facilitated using relevant readings, extensive section notes in the unit curriculum, learning activities, skills practice and self-reflection. Students’ self-awareness of the influence of their values, attitudes and biases is fundamental in the development of effective counselling skills.
The process of assessment and establishing the counselling relationship is introduced in this unit. The counselling relationship is an important means of facilitating change and growth. Understanding of the stages of counselling provides a framework for practicing new skills. Students will learn how they can assist clients to achieve positive outcomes and increase their self-understanding.
Foundational counselling skills are introduced in this unit. There will be opportunity for learning through watching counselling demonstrations on YouTube and video resources available on the library website. Learning activities provide opportunity for practice with peers in triad groups. This is a very important part of developing counselling skills.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
a) define counselling and identify the qualities of effective counselling relationships
b) discuss the importance for counsellors of self-awareness about beliefs, values and biases and identify how these may influence counselling relationships
c) establish a triad counselling practice group and conduct an initial counselling session, assessment of the client, and collaboratively establish goals for the session
d) define the stages of counselling and the tasks of each stage
e) develop, apply and analyse the counselling skills of reflective listening, holding, use of silence, empathy, summarising and challenging in counselling sessions
f) develop and demonstrate skills of attuning to the language and metaphors used by clients
g) identify and apply the use of open-ended and closed questions in practice sessions and role plays
The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.
Please refer to the document available here.
The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/
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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.