This unit provides opportunity for students to develop competency in working with diversity through a combination of reflection, analysis and in class discussion. A significant component of the unit will be devoted to issues relevant to counselling standards and practice frameworks  for working with individuals from a range of  diverse backgrounds and to developing cultural competence in the form of knowledge, skills and understanding essential  to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and challenge one's own values, cultural assumptions and cultural position;  
  2. Elucidate specific counselling related issues relevant to working with clients from diverse backgrounds;  
  3. Develop cultural competence and principles of practice related to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities; and  
  4. Critically reflect upon and apply skills in counselling diverse clients.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Individual presentation of a case study and case formulation for a specific culturally diverse client group. (20mins) 25%
Assignment Discuss principles of practice and rationale for cultural competence in the context of counselling with Indigenous Australians (2000 words) 40%
Journal Reflective journal incorporating the readings, lectures & class discussions pertaining to the notion of working with diversity as the unit progresses 35%
Journal - 1500 words

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