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 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
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

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Self-Directed Learning

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


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term
Students are encouraged to attend the workshop in Newcastle.

Course Materials
  • Counselling Skills
  • Working with People Communication Skills for Reflective Practice
  • Getting the Best Out of Supervision in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for HLSC6516
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