WELF 7032 Counselling Skills for the Allied Professions
Credit Points 10
Coordinator Ruth Mooney Opens in new window
Description This unit introduces postgraduate students from allied professions to the major theoretical frameworks and foundational practices of counselling. An in-depth exploration of the embodied and situated experience of the trainee practitioner will be central to learning how to attend to and support others. Students will engage in an ongoing critical consideration of how discourses and practices of selfhood, social justice, power, colonisation, intersectionality, diversity and place shape the subjects of therapy and influence the therapeutic relationship. These intersubjective and scholarly enquiries will inform a scaffolded, intensive practice of microskills.
School Social Sciences
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
Incompatible Subjects WELF 7009 - Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1 WELF 7004 - Counselling 1
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 4595 - Master of Art Therapy or students must be enrolled in another postgraduate program in Social Sciences, such as Social and Community work, Health, Arts in Health Education or Bachelor of Research Studies.
- Effectively and empathically practice beginning skills in counselling.
- Integrate these counselling skills effectively into professional practice, from a critical social science perspective.
- Recognise and constructively critique the major frameworks of counselling.
- Respond appropriately in professional situations that require counselling skills.
- Understand the similarities and differences between different professional roles and the possibilities and limits of their own role and expertise.
- Establish a �eholding environment�f with people in distress, in order to continue to offer therapeutic/ relational support or refer on.
In-class practice of foundational counselling skills.
Reflexive analysis of the experience of counselling practice from the position of trainee practitioner, participant and observer, including close analysis of recordings of practice sessions.
Critical consideration of the major theoretical frameworks of counselling.
Exploration of the connections and tensions between the values, beliefs and practices of the student?fs chosen profession and the values, beliefs and practices of professional counselling.
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Report||20 minute edited video recording plus 1,000 words (not including transcript)||40||Y||Individual|
|Critical Review||1, 000 words||25||N||Individual|
|Log book||1,500 words; or 1,000 words plus 6 annotated images||35||N||Individual|
- Geldard, D. Geldard, K. & Yin Foo, R. (2016). Basic personal counselling. 8th Ed. Australia: Cengage Learning
2022 Semester 1
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