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COUN1231 Counselling Skills Training 1

Diploma and Bachelor Course Unit - Core

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Pre-requisites: COUN1211 Professional Reflection and Self-Care, COUN1221 Mental Health and Wellness, MULT1025 Professions and Society (Diploma of Counselling Skills and Bachelor of Counselling students)

Co-requisites: COUN1251 Counselling Theory (Diploma of Counselling Skills and Bachelor of Counselling students)

Mode of Study: Blended Delivery

Unit Description

In this unit, students develop an understanding of the historical development of the counselling profession and an applied understanding of counselling skills. Student learning is facilitated using relevant readings, extensive section notes in the unit curriculum, learning activities, skills practice and self-reflection. Students’ self-awareness of the influence of their values, attitudes and biases is fundamental in the development of effective counselling skills.

The process of assessment and establishing the counselling relationship is introduced in this unit. The counselling relationship is an important means of facilitating change and growth. Understanding of the stages of counselling provides a framework for practicing new skills. Students will learn how they can assist clients to achieve positive outcomes and increase their self-understanding.

Foundational counselling skills are introduced in this unit. There will be opportunity for learning through watching counselling demonstrations on YouTube and video resources available on the library website. Learning activities provide opportunity for practice with peers in triad groups. This is a very important part of developing counselling skills.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)    Describe ethical principles and processes for multicultural counselling and interviewing  
b)    Discuss counsellor receptiveness to the client’s unique worldview 
c)    Demonstrate foundational counselling and interviewing microskills to conduct a full session using only listening skills
d)    Demonstrate self-awareness, openness to learn, and the receptivity to receive and implement feedback for microskill development

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 10 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the 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.