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
The purpose of this unit is for students to develop skills to meet the needs of clients dealing with addiction. A range of addictions will be discussed (e.g., smoking, gambling, internet use and other problem behaviours) with a focus on clients who are affected by alcohol and other drug use. Firstly, students will gain an understanding of the process of change within the course of addiction. Secondly, students will be provided with an opportunity to understand the role of evidence-based practice when addressing the needs of clients with addiction issues. A range of approaches applicable when counselling clients with addiction related concerns will be introduced. The needs of families and carers affected by someone else’s addiction will be addressed from a counselling perspective. The ethics of counselling within the addiction context will also be considered. Finally, the importance of working collaboratively with other agencies and making appropriate referrals will be addressed.