Foundations of Counselling 2

PSC60002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours


PSC60001 Foundations of Counselling Foundations of Counselling 1



Aims and objectives

This Unit of Study is designed to continue students' introduction to the practical skills and processes of counselling provided in Foundations of Counselling 1. Students will engage with, and reflect on interactional styles and problemsolving skills, will study the stages of the problem management model, and will continue to develop their capacity for active empathy. Students will also be introduced to important theoretical approaches to change, including cognitive, behavioural, affective and systemic interventions.
Students who successfully complete this Unit will have the ability to engage with a client over a fifty-minute counselling session, to establish and maintain the therapeutic alliance, assess the client and their problem and resources, explore interventions and strategies appropriate to client needs and presentation, and reflect critically on the counselling process and their own performance. As an essential part of this students will continue to develop their awareness of how their own interpersonal style, beliefs, values and internal processes affect the counselling process. The emphasis of this subject is on experiential learning and feedback so that students have a genuine opportunity to learn skills and to gain an accurate appreciation of both themselves as counsellors and of their clients. Video cameras will be used extensively.
Learning Objectives:
After successfully completing this Unit of Study, students should be able to:
1). Establish and maintain a productive working alliance with a client.
2). Demonstrate empathy by using empathic responses.
3). Identify and focus on the key element of a counselling session.
4). Understand the different phases of the counselling process.
5). Connect and appreciate how their own history relates to working with others.
6). Develop a genogram following standard protocols, add detail to a basic genogram, and reflect on patterns in their own genogram.
7). Complete a 50 minute counselling session including the use of appropriate probes and questions, as well as demonstrating points 1, 2 above (i.e., working alliance and empathy).
8). Analyse transcript of session for strengths and weaknesses.

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered after 2017