This unit of study will investigate individual functioning across the lifespan, and apply this theoretical knowledge in counselling assessment, formulation and intervention. In particular, the role of social and cultural contexts across the lifespan will be explored.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the role of life-span in individual functioning;  
  2. Critically review the implications of life-span including the social and cultural relevance to the individual; and  
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge of life-span in counselling assessment, formulation and intervention.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Multiple choice and short answer test on life-span stages and individual development (30mins) 20%
Report Use the presentation topic* 50%
Presentation In a group, select a contemporary issue and describe how it impacts across the life-span and implications for counselling (30mins) 30%
Report - Use the presentation topic to discuss and expand upon the implications of development across the life-span according to social, emotional, physical or cognitive aspects in an individual report (1500 words)

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