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Specific Skills in Counselling

2014 unit code: PSC60012 (formerly HAYS412)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours36 hours

Admission to the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).


Aims and objectives

This unit provides a focused review on the specific skills involved in counselling, with a particular focus on more advanced counselling techniques such as paraphrasing, listening, reflecting of feelings. A further aim of this unit is to provide advanced training in the three-stage model offered by Gerard Egan to help establish client empowerment and enhance problem-solving abilities.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
*  Demonstrate advanced counselling skills including specific counselling skills such as paraphrasing, listening, reflecting of feelings
*  Engage in peer sharing and trainer’s guidance/feedback regarding the application and evaluation of advanced counselling skills
*  Demonstrate advanced understanding and application of Gerard Egan’s problemsolving and management approach
*  Demonstrate ability to elicit client values and concerns, develop collaborative client-therapist goals
*  Demonstrate understanding on the humanistic approach to counselling, specifically, Carl Rogers' Client Centred Therapy

Teaching methods

Class sessions involving lectures, case studies, role-plays, presentations and class participation.


A Pass/Fail unit of study consisting of:
* One reflective essay on counselling practice (2000 words)
* One case study report
* Demonstrated counselling competency in class exercises.

Generic skills outcomes

 The graduate attributes associated with this unit of study are as follows:


 * are capable in their chosen professional areas.

 * operate effectively in work and community.

 * are aware of environments.


Topics include:
*  Gerard Egan’s 3-stage model
*  Client centred therapy
*  Major constructs and concepts in helping relationships
*  Developing the fully-functioning person
*  Therapy and change processes

Reading materials

Egan, G., Exercises in Helping Skills (7th Edition), Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, California, 2002.
Egan, G., The Skilled Helper: A Problem Management and Development Opportunity Approach to Helping (9th Edition), Brooks/Cole,
   Pacific Grove, California, 2010.
Mearns, D., & Thorne, B., Person Centered Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory & Practice, Sage Publications, London, 2000.
Rogers, C., Client Centered Therapy, Constable, London, 1965.
Rogers, C., On Becoming a Person, Constable, London, 1961.