Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 2 2014 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Angela Gorman-Alesi


This unit introduces students to the theoretical and applied aspects of counselling in an informed, evidence-based and relevant manner. It has an applied focus and is based on recent theoretical and research-informed counselling practice. It introduces students to basic and advanced micro-skills, concepts and theories that are currently used in counselling practice. Students develop and practise their microskills and techniques over the semester and various counselling tools are introduced with their relevance and practical application discussed. The unit also includes a range of strategies used by therapists to note, track and evaluate the progress of the client in therapy. This unit enables students to reflect on their cultural awareness and sensitivities, their practice in respect to their own personal development and the influence this may have when counselling clients.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand and differentiate the central approaches to counselling and psychotherapy
  2. learn and practise counselling micro-skills in a systematic manner
  3. critically appraise their performance as counsellors
  4. apply information about the therapeutic alliance and other relevant strategies for helping clients in counselling therapy
  5. cultivate sensitivity to other people's ways and preferences, cultural or personal
  6. consider and understand their own values and style and how that may affect the success of their counselling.


Self-appraisal of therapeutic practice (5000 words, 60%)
Critical evaluation of a major therapeutic orientation (3000 words, 40%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students must attend a compulsory three day residential school.