Counselling Theory and Practice

10 Units

This course provides students in the Relationship Counselling specialization in the Master of Family Studies with the knowledge and skills required to identify and apply appropriate therapeutic approaches relating to counselling interventions with individuals, couples, children and young people. Knowledge and skill required for participation in effective clinical supervision are also addressed. Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to approximately 20 hours of supervised clinical assessment with clients in family counselling contexts.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge necessary to effectively analyse, critique and apply a broad range of family counselling approaches.
  2. Implement the components of a family therapy session.
  3. Monitor and critically review the use of counselling approaches and theories in family counselling contexts.
  4. Initiate and prepare for clinical supervision.
  5. Utilise clinical supervision to review effectiveness of clinical practices and techniques.
  6. Understand, use and critique professional research to inform practice.
  7. Identify and initiate opportunities to pursue ongoing development of professional knowledge.
  8. Critically reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within the course.
  • Communication micro skills for work with families
  • Engaging and collaborating with families
  • Approaches and theories for change
  • Impact of trauma
  • Facilitating change in complex circumstances
  • Supporting families in crisis
  • Legal and ethical context
  • Diverse cultural contexts
  • Clinical supervision and reflective practice
  • Collaborating with other professionals
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline (Counselling, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science, or equivalent) or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Assessment Items
  • Professional Task: A1 - Workplace application of supervision processes
  • Written Assignment: A2 - Written - Preparation for Supervision
Contact Hours
  • Integrated Learning Session: for 15 hour(s) per Term
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Seminar: for 30 hour(s) per Term
  • Workshop: for 15 hour(s) per Term (Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.)
Course Materials
  • "Collaborative Family Work" & "Counselling Skills" & "Working with People Communication Skills for Reflective Practice"
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6516

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