COUN2102 Counselling Skills and Practice 2

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 2nd year core

Credit points: 6 (out of 144)

Prerequisites: none

Mode of Study: On Campus and Blended Delivery


This unit follows on from Counselling Theories and Models 2 and introduces students to the skills and processes associated with more recent models of counselling and therapy.

Unit description

COUN2101 Skills and Processes 2 extends the emphasis on postmodern and systems approaches as well as the application of third wave, transpersonal and integrative practice introduced in COUN2102 Counselling Theories and Models 2.

Specific skills in building family genograms, case conceptualisation 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, and normalising. A focus on the skills of externalising, mindfulness and working with family systems as a whole will also be developed. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills through observation, watching videos of counselling practice and also through ongoing practice with peers in triads.

Learning outcomes

 On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Understand skills and processes associated with relational and postmodern counselling modalities
  • Identify and apply the skills used in relational and postmodern counselling modalities
  • Practice and evaluate skills related to case conceptualisation, immediacy, self-disclosure, reflection of meaning, normalising and challenging
  • Reflect on the potential relevance of counselling skills studied in the unit for their own developing approach to practice. 

  • Demonstrate sensitivity as to how to work appropriately with clients from diverse backgrounds

Unit content

  • Revision of Foundational Counseling Skills
  • Case conceptualisation, immediacy, self-disclosure, reflection of meaning, normalising and challenging
  • Gestalt Therapy in Practice
  • Emotionally Focussed Therapy in Practice
  • Postmodernism – Common themes and skills
  • Solution-Focused Therapy in Practice
  • Narrative Therapy in Practice
  • Third Wave Theories in Practice
  • Transpersonal Theories in Practice
  • System Theories in Practice
  • Bowen’s Multigenerational Family Systems Theory in Practice
  • Structural and Strategic Systems Theories in Practice

Learning and teaching process

The on-campus version of this unit comprises 12 weekly three hour on-campus lectures. Studying by Blended Delivery mode involves an online study guide and readings, video recorded lectures, four one and three-quarter hour synchronous online tutorials, and a two-day on-campus workshop.

Assessment summary

Please refer to the document available here 

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Counselling Textbook List.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 10 hours per week.

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. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.

Enrolment Recommendation

It is the recommendation of Psychological Sciences and Counselling that students follow the recommended enrolment guide for the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences and Counselling, and complete all five first level counselling units (i.e., COUN1101 – COUN1105) before progressing to second level units within the program. COUN1101 Counselling Skills and Practice 1 and COUN1102 Counselling Theories and Models 1 are pre-requisites for COUN2102 Counselling Skills and Practice 2. Please see our recommended sequencing of unit completion here.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.