Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will address the issue of culture and diversity in the practices of counselling and art therapeutic work. Students learning will be directed towards enhancing their ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds; with a special emphasis on working with indigneous and refugee communities. Issues of diversity and difference will be more broadly explored in relation to groups within society which are seen to diverge from 'dominant' culture. Students will be invited to explore their own values in relation to difference and toleration as the basis for developing 'culturally responsive practice'.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCOUN - Master of Counselling or HMART - Master of Art Therapy.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must have passed all first year subjects before they can proceed on to the second year subjects.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe handbook of transcultural counselling and psychotherapyPrescribedLago, C. (2011)OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS: MAIDENHEAD (ELECTRONIC RESOURCE/LTU LIBRARY)
ReadingsWorking together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and wellbeing principles and practicePrescribedPurdie, N., Dudgeon, P. & Walker, R. (Eds) (2010)COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
ReadingsCulturally Adaptive Counselling Skills: Demonstrations of evidence-based practicesRecommendedGallardo, M.E., Yeh, C.J., Trimble, J.E. & Parham, T.A. (Eds) (2012)SAGE: CALIFORNIA
ReadingsDifference and diversity in counselling: contemporary psychodynamic perspectivesRecommendedWheeler, S. (Ed) (2006)PALGRAVE: NEW YORK

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to reflect on personal values in relation to difference, tolerance and challenge in this context and how this impacts self as therapist.

Ability to explore personal values, and cultural background from family of origin and how these impact the therapist role and tasks.

02. Enhanced reflective and critical thinking skills in analysing therapeutic needs of clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Evidence of an ability to identify an awareness of clients' needs as different or similar to those of the trainee therapist.

03. Ability to reflect on own limitations and srengths in relation to clients from minority cultures.

Ability to identify and articulate subjective experience in relation to difference and how this experience is located in the broader cultural and historical context.

04. Articulate clinical reasoning with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Analysis of own practice in light of case examples discussed in class.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2016, Week 19-26, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPatricia Fenner

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 19 - 26
Four 6.0 hours seminar per study period on saturday during the day from week 19 to week 26 and delivered via face-to-face.
"7/5, 14/5, 28/5 and 4/6"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2,500-word case study50 01, 02, 03, 04
2,000-word reflective essay50 01, 02, 03, 04