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 lifespan development in counselling assessment, formulation and intervention.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Three multiple-choice tests on individual development across the lifespan stages 20%
Presentation Please refer to below 60%
Other Peer Evaluation of Presentations 20%
Presentation - In a pair or small group, select a contemporary issue and present an in-depth and interactive class presentation on how this issue impacts across the lifespan, including reference to the implications for counselling (30mins)

Required reading

Lifespan development 4th Australasian ed
Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Seifert, K. L., Hine, A., Pause, C., Ward, L., Signal, T., Swabey, K., Yates, K., & Burton Smith, R. (2019).

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