Foundations of Counselling

Unit code: APT6016 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


This unit of study will provide a foundation of counselling micro skills. There will be discussion of settings in which counselling occurs, an introduction to basic counselling skills, and understanding of how to use these skills in assessment. Through role-plays and class activities, students will practice counselling micro skills and undertake development of case formulations.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Exhibit a foundational level of competence in a range of counselling micro skills;
  2. Develop and articulate a foundation level of competence in counselling-based assessment; and
  3. Develop and articulate a foundation level of competence in case formulation.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Identify counselling micro skills and their application (open book) (45mins)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 40%
Role-play a counselling session demonstrating counselling micro skills (20 minutes)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 40%
Reflective essay on counselling demonstration including an assessment and case formulation (1500 words)

Required reading

Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors
Geldard, D., Geldard, K., Foo, R. Y. (2017)| Cengage Publishing. ISBN: 9780170278607

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