10 cp Prerequisites COUN601 Counselling Theories and Techniques and COUN626 Counselling Practice Skills Teaching Organisation 2 hours contact per week over 12 weeks or equivalent
This unit provides an intensive facilitated experience that builds theoretical units to consolidate the integration of counselling skills into practice. It provides a solid competency base for a variety of experiences encountered as students advance into the external practicum unit.
The focus will include skills related to initial client contact; conducting an intake interview; developing a working alliance; extending reflective listening skills; the use of self-disclosure; addressing requirements related to informed consent, privacy and confidentiality; risk assessment; issues around termination, and the use of case notes and documentation. Learning will emphasise self-reflection, awareness of ethical considerations and professionalism.