COUN0014 Personal and Professional Development

Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48


COUN0011 Reflective Learning and Practice

COUN0012 Psychology of Health and Wellnes

COUN0013 Counselling Skills

Mode of Study: On Campus and online

Unit Description

This unit provides the opportunity for personal and professional development. It is designed to further orientate the student to the helping professions and the centrality of the therapeutic relationship in therapeutic change. The unit highlights the significance of the person of the helping professional in professional practice. Elements of personhood such as personality, social style, and strength and limitations will be explored with a view to increasing self-awareness. Emphasis is placed on the importance of ongoing personal and professional development. The unit will also explore stages of the professional development of counsellors.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) identify personality characteristics and traits, and social styles

b) recognise personal qualities and capabilities which are relevant to professional practice

c) critically reflect on one’s own strengths and limitations as a helping professional and identify areas for further growth and development

d) demonstrate active listening in a peer conversation attending to Roger’s conditions of genuineness, empathy, and unconditional positive regard

e) describe stages of counsellor career development

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:

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. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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.