Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject pre-service teachers develop a range of skills and knowledge required when working in a counselling or welfare role with school students. The framework of this subject includes approaches to counselling, student engagement research and intervention. Students engage in research and reflection on issues of school engagement, truancy, and resilience. We examine the systematic investigation programs and strategies of intervention. Pre-service teachers develop an understanding of the welfare role and the strategies and practical skills to implement intervention programs.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJacolyn Weller

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the EBOCE or EBTOCE Bachelor of Teaching (Outreach and Community Education) course in order to enrol in this subject.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects EDU4SWA, EDU4SWB

Special conditions Sub-major study in Student Welfare or related area such as Counselling, Social Work, Youth Work

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Person-Centred Counselling PrimerRecommendedPete Sanders 2006PCCS BOOKS
ReadingsA collection of readingsPrescribedLMSVARIOUS
ReadingsRelevant Australian and Victorian curriculum policy discipline guidelinesRecommendedVCAA & ACARAVCAA & ACARA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Examine and understand the programmatic responses in schools associated with welfare issues identified by the school.


02. Demonstrate an awareness of the research into theory and practice related to successful outcomes for students with welfare and disengagement issues.


03. Understand the nature and range of issues of student disengagement amongst the school population including indicators of risk and notions of resilence.


04. Reflect on the implications for personal practice as a specialist role within a school.


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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Week 22-35, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJacolyn Weller

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 23 - 34
Four 6.0 hours workshop per study period on saturday during the day from week 23 to week 34 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 29 - 29
One 6.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 29 to week 29 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This is an optional session available to students who require further assistance."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Essay: research into current government education student wellbeing policy (1700 words)50 01, 02
Essay: pedagogic analysis (1700 words)50 03, 04