COUN0017 Advanced Counselling Skills

Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48

Prerequisites: COUN0013 Counselling Skills

Mode of Study: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Unit Description

Advanced Counselling Skills builds on the foundation of Counselling Skills to develop more advanced assessment and counselling skills for working with diverse client groups. Skills in 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. 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) develop and apply skills in assessment generally and specifically in working with clients in crisis, domestic violence and suicide risk

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

c) demonstrate and apply skills in exploring the client's problem and in problem solving

d) identify how counsellors can improve the effectiveness of their practice

e) apply counselling skills to different settings such as telephone and web counselling

f) apply advanced counselling skills such as self-disclosure, immediacy, and confronting appropriately to help explore the client's problem and define their goals

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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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.