10 cp Prerequisites Nil Teaching Organisation Two contact hours per week via lectures, tutorials, seminars and skills-based workshops. Additional weekly reading will be required.
This unit is designed to introduce students to a range of issues and approaches to counselling across the life span. Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in children, adolescents, adults and the aged will be described. Students will identify psychological and mental health issues that arise in the course of lifespan development. This unit is concerned with developing a strengths-based practice and will focus on the guiding principles of counselling in the context of individual, family and group therapy. An overview of play therapy and the use of media and activities in counselling will also be included. There will be an emphasis on counselling for specific problems that occur at various stages of development including: school related issues; childhood trauma; anxiety and depression; separation, divorce and blended families; chronic illness; risk taking behaviour, self harm and suicide.