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
Cross-cultural counselling constitutes an important and growing area of counselling practice and research. Without awareness and knowledge of the role of culture in the experience of and appropriate response to distress, counsellors risk unintentionally unhelpful responses. This unit aims to develop students’ capacity for engaging in critical analysis of cross-cultural issues in counselling and mental health more broadly. This unit also aims to enhance students’ self-awareness, knowledge and skills relevant to counselling people from different cultural backgrounds, as well as therapists’ professional and ethical responsibilities. A focus on diverse cultural groups including Indigenous Australian and Chinese, will help students gain understandings of the impacts of ethnocentrism, issues of cross-cultural counselling assessment and practice.