The aim of this unit is to review common techniques used in counselling and consider their relevance to osteopathic practice. Specific approaches for counselling osteopathic patients who experience a range of health issues will be explored. Outcome measures to assess chronic pain patients will be evaluated and their application to osteopathic practice and patient management will be debated. 

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the basic skills that are necessary for effective interpersonal communication in a therapeutic relationship;  
  2. Conceptually map and interrogate major theoretical approaches to counselling;  
  3. Propose and defend the use of specific counselling skills in both familiar and unfamilar situations in professional practice;  
  4. Predict the effects that psychological variables may have on pain symptomatology and pain management with reference to various theoretical models; and  
  5. Exhibit strategies to assess and treat chronic pain symptoms and behaviours in osteopathic clinical practice and/or refer patients to other health professionals for counselling, support or practical assistance as appropriate.  


The formative and summative assessments are hurdle requirements.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Chronic pain assignment (2000 words) 60%
Presentation Group presentation in tutorial (equivalent to 1000 words) 40%
The total word equivalence of assessment tasks is approximately 3000.

Required reading

Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. (9th ed.).
Corey, G. (2013).
California : Brooks/Cole.

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