Applied Counselling - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Written Assignment (30%) , Online Discussion - Guided discussion with peers (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

Applied Counselling provides an introductory overview of counselling theory and practice as they are applied to human services and social work contexts. The course provides students with an insight into counselling theory and practice and its application to a range of counselling areas of interest. It is intended that this course will provide students with the counselling skills necessary to facilitate therapeutic outcomes to assist people within a range of contexts. The aims are to provide an introductory understanding of the theoretical basis of counselling practice and the opportunity to develop the practical skills and competencies required to provide short-term counselling for clients drawn from a range of contexts.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. describe and demonstrate an understanding of the most predominant theories of contemporary counselling practice;
  2. demonstrate the use of counselling skills as applied in a therapeutic context;
  3. facilitate a counselling session with a client;
  4. describe the conditions necessary to facilitate therapeutic outcomes for individuals drawn from a range of contexts;
  5. explain the concept of the 'individual' and their place within the counselling relationship;
  6. apply the main principles relating to solution focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing to a therapeutic context.
  • Assignment — Written Assignment (30%)
  • Online Discussion — Guided discussion with peers (20%)
  • Presentation — Practice based assignment (50%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work (Qualifying) OUA Course required

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is counselling?
2What works in Counselling?
3Counselling Frameworks
4Main Theoretical Approaches
5Ethical and Culturally Competent Practice
6Professional Competence
7Multicultural Counselling
8Application to Practice Micro Skills for Counselling
9Stages of the Counselling Process
10Motivational Interviewing
11Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
12An Integrative Approach - Integrative Therapy
13Inter-professional counselling

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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