Facilitate the Counselling Process

VET Diploma Level Module

This module is designed to enable you to develop an understanding of effective counselling relationships and to develop the skills needed to initiate and facilitate ongoing counselling relationships.
The module includes the knowledge and skills required to work within an agency-agreed counselling framework and to enable clients to identify and work through concerns. You will learn to follow a structured approach to counselling work based on client needs and expectations and you will enable clients to understand the nature of the counselling service on offer.
This module introduces a basic framework for understanding the counselling process and core counselling skills. You are invited to think about what counselling actually is and how it is distinguishable from other types of interpersonal interaction.
From a series of comparisons, we build a concrete understanding of counselling as a unique interpersonal situation, one which calls on particular skills. Most of the skills presented in this module are those which are especially helpful in engaging clients to tell their story and to reveal information about their presenting problem.

Learning Elements

The unit of competency CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • use a structured approach to counselling

  • establish the nature of the helping relationship

  • confirm the appropriateness of the helping relationship

The unit of competency CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • enable clients to identify concerns

  • monitor the counselling process

  • bring the counselling process to an end

Content Areas

  • Introduction of Counselling
  • Counsellors and Clients
  • Part 1: Counselling Skills
  • Part 2: Counselling Skills
  • Part 3: Counselling Skills
  • Part 4: Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Plans and Contracts
  • Monitoring and Reviewing the Counselling Process
  • Ending the Counselling Process
  • Recording and Reporting the Counselling Process
  • Reviewing the Counselling Process
  • Module Summary and Reflection

Module Duration and Workload

This module involves a total of 96 hours per term of study including course work component, teacher contact, research and related study activities, translating to approximately 8 hours of study per week. Students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities related to the module.