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COUN5151 Cross Cultural Counselling

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 1st year

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: None

Mode(s) of Delivery: Online, On-Campus

Core/Elective: Core

Unit Description

This unit provides a conceptual framework and skills for cross-cultural counselling. It will explore the cultural diversity within Australia and the complexity of working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore their own cultural identity and understand their own cultural bias. There will be opportunity to develop skills and strategies in working with clients from diverse backgrounds including an emphasis on clients with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  • Define culture and identify the key identity issues for people living in a culturally diverse country such as Australia
  • Develop a response to racism, prejudice, discrimination and privilege, informed by relevant theoretical frameworks in cross cultural counselling
  • Analyse and compare two or more cultures in Australia today. How would these cultural values and beliefs influence the counselling process?
  • Evaluate the impact of multiculturalism on Australian counselling practices
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of post 18th-century Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history for counselling practice with indigenous people
  • Demonstrate knowledge of mental health stressors for refugees
  • Identify and apply cross cultural counselling competencies.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.


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