Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students increase theoretical knowledge and develop basic skills in the interpersonal helping process, especially as it applies to rehabilitation. Topics include: counselling models, theories and assumptions; basic counselling techniques; counselling clients on problems commonly encountered in rehabilitation settings.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul O'Halloran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Offered subject to sufficient enrolment.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInterpersonal Process in therapy 6th editionRecommendedTeyber, E. & McClure, F. (2011)THOMSON BROOKS/COLE
ReadingsMotivational Interviewing: Helping people change 3rd editionRecommendedMiller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2013)GUILFORD

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Conduct and demonstrate a capacity to engage a client in a counselling session and clearly demonstrate the capacity to form a durable working alliance, and assist the client to clarify their presenting issues and the associated feelings

Workshops, 2,500-word counselling analysis assignment

02. Demonstrate capacity to enagage in basic counselling skills such as active (reflective) listening, summarising, affirmations, and appropriate timing and integration.

Workshops, 2,500-word counselling analysis assignment

03. Demonstrate capacity to identify basic presenting themes or relational issues in a counselling session

Workshops, 2,500-word counselling analysis assignment

04. Analyse rehabilitation interactions to be able to identify barriers to change, and to critique your own performance in facilitating change

Workshops, 2,500-word counselling analysis assignment, reflective task

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul O'Halloran

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 21
Nine 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500-word journal record35 04
2,500-word counselling analysis assignment65 01, 02, 03, 04