COUN0013 Counselling Skills


HE Diploma Course Unit


Credit points: 6 out of 48

Prerequisites: None

Mode of Study: On-campus and blended delivery

Unit Description

In this unit, students develop an understanding of the counselling profession and an applied understanding of foundational counselling skills. The process of establishing the counselling relationship is introduced in this unit. Understanding of the stages of counselling provides a framework for practising new skills. Students will learn how they can assist clients to achieve positive outcomes and increase their self-understanding. The learning activities provide an opportunity for self-reflection and ongoing practice with peers in triad groups.

Learning outcomes

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

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Academic misconduct

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