COUN6021 Advanced Counselling Applications

Master Course Unit

COUN6021 Advanced Counselling Applications

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills

Unit description

This unit offers students the opportunity of identifying and responding to a range of common yet complex issues that counsellors encounter. It develops the capacity to apply underpinning theoretical constructs to a range of diverse situations, and asks students to assess the complexity of these issues and ways of managing them.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • analyse, from a multi-theoretical standpoint, a set of complex issues that counsellors encounter
  • evaluate possible approaches to be taken to manage the complex issues
  • assess the capacity of an individual to apply the relevant counselling theory and skills
  • develop and test an approach for working systematically and ethically with wider systems
  • identify and respond to the impact that these issues may have on the counsellor
  • determine an appropriate approach to referral
  • explore the social, legal and ethical issues associated with complex counselling issues
  • evaluate personal responses to the issues explored and analyse how these may impact upon the counsellor and the counselling process
  • demonstrate self-awareness and integrate the capacity to be reflexive
  • undertake and reflect upon the role of clinical supervision in complex areas

Unit content

  • Assessment of Complex Issues
  • Attachment in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Attachment in Coupling and Parenting
  • Grief and Loss Issues – Complex and Disenfranchised
  • Grief and Loss Issues – Personal and Relationship
  • Grief and Loss Issues – Family and Other
  • Risk Situations – Crisis and Trauma
  • Risk Situations – Self-harm and Suicide
  • Risk Situations – Violence
  • Mental Health Issues – Early and Adolescent Onset
  • Mental Health Issues – Adult Onset
  • Principles for Practice

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

Feltham, C., & Horton, I. (Eds). (2012). The Sage handbook of counselling and psychotherapy (3rd ed.). London, England: Sage Publications.

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.


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