This unit of study will provide students with class supervised counselling practice in order to enhance their client attending skills and the skills of developing a client formulation. It will further provide students with information concerning various types of counselling sessions (intake, continuing and termination) and for responding to various types of problems, use of video and audio equipment and supervised counselling practice.

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APT5035 - Theories and Techniques of Counselling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and corroborate applied counselling skills;  
  2. Formulate and evaluate counselling cases;  
  3. Investigate and conceptually map counselling strategies for a range of presenting problems;  
  4. To analyse a range of client presentations and how to work with them effectively  
  5. To critically reflect on one's personal experience and how this relates to practice as a counsellor.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Video/audio and reflection (3500 words) 50%
Report Reflective piece on observation of counselling session (3500 words) 50%

Required reading

Applied Helping Skills: Transforming Lives
Brew, L. & Kottler, J.A. (2008)
Sage Publications Inc

Basic Personal Counselling - A Training Manual for Counsellors 7th
Geldard, D. and Geldard, K. (2012)
Pearson Education Australia.

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