COUN2031 Advanced Counselling Skills

Bachelor Course Unit

Bachelor of Counselling (BCouns)

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) (BCounsCo)

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci)

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Mode(s) of delivery: On Campus and Blended Delivery


Core – Bcouns and BCounsCo

Elective – Counselling minor - BAppSocSci

Unit Description

Advanced Counselling Skills builds on the foundation of Counselling Skills (COUN1001) to develop more advanced assessment and counselling skills for working with diverse client groups. Skills in 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. The learning activities provide opportunity for self-reflection and ongoing practice with peers in triad groups. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a)             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

b)             develop genograms to map family structures, and apply genograms to assessment of clients’ family histories

c)             develop and apply skills in case conceptualisation to understand underlying factors contributing to clients’ presenting problems

d)             use principles of suicide risk assessment to identify risk factors and warning signs

e)             understand and apply crisis counselling interventions in practice sessions and compare with other models of counselling

f)              apply skills of counsellor self-disclosure, immediacy, normalising and reframing appropriately to build the counselling relationship and shift client perspectives

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

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:

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