This unit of study will provide an introduction to counselling skills and theories. There will be discussion of settings in which counselling occurs, an introduction to basic counselling skills, and understanding of how to use these skills in counselling sessions. Several counselling theories will be introduced. Through role-plays and class activities, students will be encouraged to develop basic counselling skills and begin to understand links between theory and practice.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit a foundation level of competence in a range of basic counselling skills, including appropriate use of engagement skills, open and closed questions, reflective listening, paraphrasing and summarising, clarifying and silence;  
  2. Analyse and assess the fundamental theory and intervention practices of the therapeutic paradigms covered in this unit;  
  3. Exhibit a foundation level of competence in formulating couselling-based assessment and intervention plans.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Video of Counselling Demonstration. 25%
Assignment Critical reflection on counselling demonstration (1000 words) 25%
Assignment Counselling assessment and intervention plan (2000 words) 50%

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