Bachelor Course Unit
Level: 2nd year core
Credit points: 6 (out of 144)
COUN1101 Counselling Skills and Practice 1
COUN1102 Counselling Theories and Models 1
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.
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. As such the units extends the emphasis on postmodern and systems approaches as well as the application of third wave, transpersonal and expressive therapies.
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.
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
- Revision of foundational counselling skills
- Exploring the client’s presenting problems and case planning
- Self-disclosure, immediacy, normalizing and reframing
- Gestalt Therapy in practice (part 1)
- Gestalt Therapy in practice (part 2)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy in practice
- Narrative Therapy in practice
- Third Wave Theories in practice
- Transpersonal Theories in practice
- Family Systems in practice (part 1)
- Family Systems in practice (part 2)
- Expressive Therapies 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.
Please refer to the document available here.
For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Counselling Textbook List.
The workload for this unit is 10 hours per week.
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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, COUN1102 Counselling Theories and Models 1 and COUN2101 Counselling Theories and Models 2 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.