This unit equips students with basic attending competencies such as counselling microskills, questioning techniques, reflection of feelings, listening, and non-verbal language, towards the development of effective rapport in a counselling relationship. It reinforces fundamental counsellor qualities such as empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard in the context of specific client settings.


PSC60012 Specific Skills in Counselling


Admission to:
GC-SSCPC Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
GD-SSCPC Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
MA-SSCPC Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling)

Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate various styles of listening and attending competencies in order to develop a therapeutic alliance
  • Describe and evaluate the role of a counsellor, and acquire the basic counselling skills that would be necessary in facilitating the change process for a client
  • Identify and analyse the student’s personal values, beliefs, and development, and how it might influence his / her efficacy in the role of a counsellor
  • Identify common psycho-emotional needs of specific client groups, and know how to contextually apply the acquired attending skills for these clients

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.50 7 weeks 24.5
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
4.00 7 weeks 28
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
13.93 7 weeks 97.5


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Case StudiesIndividual 30% 2,3 
Class ExercisesIndividual 20% 1,2 
EssayIndividual 50% 


  • Counselling Microskills
  • Counsellor self-awareness and reflection
  • Psycho-emotional attending skills
  • Understanding and interviewing geriatric clients
  • Rapport in counselling relationship
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Co-creating the change process

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.