COUNSELLING SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
Credit points: 10
In the Counselling Skills component the objective is to teach a theoretical framework for conducting therapy sessions, and enable candidates to learn the basic counselling skills necessary for therapeutic interactions. The model of Egan is used as the basis of the course. The model includes establishing rapport through the use of listening and empathy, helping clients develop new perspectives, challenging, developing preferred scenarios, setting goals, formulating strategies and action plans, and helping clients implement programs. Over the weeks, candidates are required to read assigned chapters, do assigned partner exercises demonstrating key points, practise videotaping their work, and write journal reports on what they have learned from the homework. In the Professional Issues series various ethics and professional topics essential for professional psychologists are addressed in five seminar classes.
SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health
Subject Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP or SMCNP or SDPCN
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Improved ability to use micro- skills related to counselling, such as active listening, using questions appropriately, summarising, nonverbal behaviour, and managing process.
- Participation in seminars and interactive learning activities throughout the series and undertaking the reading from the associated references. Initial interview role play assignment
02. Develop a good working relationship and rapport with individuals in a 'client' role
- Participation in seminars and interactive learning activities throughout the series and undertaking the reading from the associated references. Initial interview role play assignment.
03. Effectively conduct an initial interview with a client
- Readings, class and between-class activities, and initial interview role play assignment
04. Understand ethical and professional issues of relevance to psychologists and demonstrate an ability to think reflectively about them
- Reading relevant materials, role play activities, and initial interview role play major assignment, and reflective commentary.
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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Audio-tape, video, and journal report on initial interview (500 words)||50||01, 02, 03, 04|
|assignments covering readings and exercises (1,500 words)||50||01, 04|