EDF6530 - Introduction to counselling across the lifespan
12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL
Postgraduate Faculty of Education
Leader(s): Dr N Jacobs
Clayton First semester 2009 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2009 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 2 2009 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 4 2009 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2009 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2009 (Off-campus)
This unit is designed to introduce students to a range of issues and approaches to counselling across the lifespan. Students will identify psychological issues that arise in the course of normal lifespan development; explore practice frameworks including historical background and contemporary ideas; be introduced to the process of therapy; learn to distinguish between preventative and remedial interventions; explore multicultural counselling; ethics in counselling and learn how to apply a variety of strategies to counselling interventions across the lifespan.
By the completion of this unit, students should be able to understand the theory and frameworks of the major schools of counselling and psychotherapy; be able to relate appropriate therapeutic approaches and a range of strategies to the corresponding developmental stage focusing on child/adolescent, adult and the aged; explore alternate modes of delivery including online and telephone counseling; understand the qualities and skills needed to be an effective counselor; and explore the ethical principles and practices related to counselling
One essay on the differences in approaches to counselling across the lifespan (3,000 words): 50%
a case study analysis using two different theoretical approaches and a critical evaluation of the approaches (4,000 words): 50%
On campus students attend 3 hours of lectures per week, with an additional 21 hours per week private study time involving activities such as electronic reference searching completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation.
Off-campus attendance requirements
Off campus students require 24 hours per week private study time involving activities such as electronic reference searching completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation.