Embedded Counselling Skills for Family Practitioners

10 Units

This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills relating to practice in family work. Practitioners in this sector work with families with complex issues and with varying degrees of intensity and duration. This Course will provide skills development for practitioners working in a non-therapeutic context where counselling is not necessarily the only or even main strategy used to support families. It is anticipated that the students enrolling in this course will have some experience working in the health, welfare or education sectors.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply embedded counselling skills when working with family members
  2. Apply strategies to support change in families
  3. Use strategies of self-assessment, reflection and supervision to manage and develop effectiveness of this practice.
  • Communication micro skills
  • Engaging and collaborating with families
  • Approaches and theories for change
  • Facilitating change in complex circumstances
  • Supporting families in crisis
  • Legal and ethical context of counselling families
  • Clinical supervision and reflective practice
  • Collaborating with other professionals
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Online Activity
  • Practical Demonstration: Practical Demonstration *
  • Essay: Essay
  • Quiz: Quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • General Course Requirements: 1. Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Students must attend the face to face workshop and submit the practical assessment to pass this course.)
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Course Materials
  • Counselling Skills
  • Working with People Communication Skills for Reflective Practice
  • Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for HLSC6516
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