Counselling across the Lifespan

Unit code: APT6018 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three multiple-choice tests on individual development across the lifespan stages (Test 1 - 30mins, Test 2 - 45 mins, Test 3 - 30mins)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 60%
Please refer to below
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 20%
Peer Evaluation of Presentations

Required reading

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

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