Advanced Counselling Interventions

Unit code: APT6000 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


This unit of study is an advanced unit designed to develop students’ knowledge of counselling theory and practice. The unit builds on the foundation units in the first year of the Master of Counselling (APT6016 and APT6017) to further develop students’ knowledge of core counselling skills, counselling assessment and the application of counselling with a range of more complex client presentations (including depression, sexual abuse, complex anxiety and relationship issues). The unit will utilise a range of teaching methods, including didactic instruction, in class activities, counselling role play and demonstration. It is anticipated that successful completion of the unit will equip students with the skills to work effectively with complex clients with complex presentations.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map and apply relevant evidence-based counselling theories regarding a range of presenting problems;
  2. Critically reflect upon complex presenting issues and implement an evidence-based counselling intervention; and
  3. Apply knowledge of complex case formulation and process-oriented therapy approaches to a range of presenting problems.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Apply a detailed and comprehensive case formulation based on a presentation of a counselling client with complex needs (1500 words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Based on the completed case formulation, create treatment plan & Intervention for the same counselling client presenting with complex needs(2000words)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Video demonstration of a counselling intervention (10mins).

Required reading

Students will be directed to current texts and journal articles in the relevant areas by the Unit Convenor.

As part of a course

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