Working with Diversity in Counselling

Unit code: APT6023 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Flinders


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

As part of a course

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