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    Last updated: Trimester 2 2018

    Unit Outline

    COUN5201: Counselling Skills and Models

    Unit description This unit follows on from Counselling Practice and Counselling Theories and examines new developments in theory and the counselling skills associated with them. The historical development of theories will be reviewed and contextualised providing a framework for theory integration. The unit provides a strong emphasis on postmodern and systems theory as well as the study of third wave, transpersonal and integrative theory and practice.

    In addition to developing the student’s theoretical knowledge, this unit also extends their range of skills. Skills in building family genograms, case conceptualisation and advanced skills in working with themes, narratives and blind spots, are introduced. Skills for working with the therapeutic relationship are outlined, including the careful use of self- disclosure, immediacy, and normalising. A focus on the skill of externalising and mindfulness will also be developed. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills through observation, watching videos of counselling practice and also through ongoing practice with peers in triads.

    Course(s) Graduate Diploma of Counselling (GradDipCouns)

    Core / Elective Core

    Prerequisites 6 Year 1 units must be completed

    Workload (hours per week) 12

    Credit points 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

    Unit learning outcomes By the completion of this unit, students will be able to: a) describe elements of relational and postmodern counselling modalities, and their

    historical development b) explain the framework and models of self and change that inform relational and

    postmodern counselling modalities c) identify and apply the skills used in relational and postmodern counselling modalities

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    d) evaluate the benefits and limits of relational and postmodern counselling modalities e) demonstrate sensitivity to gendered power relations and cultural diversity in the

    counselling relationship

    Textbook The textbooks for this unit are: Prochaska, J. O., & Norcross, J. C. (2014). Systems of psychotherapy: A transtheoretical analysis (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

    Noble, C., & Day, E. (Eds.) (2016). Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.

    Please note: Psychotherapy and counselling: Reflections on practice is the textbook purchased for COUN5131 Counselling Practice at the commencement of your course. You will be directed to relevant sections in the online classroom.

    Recommended readings The twelve sections of unit curriculum direct students to readings in the online classroom for this unit. These readings are selected from journals and books that provide additional information or a different perspective on topics covered in each section. They are from a range of authorities and expand the content of this unit.

    Studying for this unit The content of this unit has been designed to maximise the learning and the integration of the subject matter. Much of the unit material is specific to the Australian context. Students are encouraged to access additional information relevant to their local context, which will assist in applying the learning and ensuring its relevance. This may include specific legislation, government and professional association resources, and journals. It is important that students’ reading is broad.

    In general, students are expected to: read each section of the unit carefully and make notes about new content, and

    points that are unclear, or in conflict with previous learning or experience complete readings of the text and other readings and resources, making notes on

    important insights or facts, especially those relevant to assignments

    There may be periodic suggestions or issues on which students are asked to deliberate and reflect. Sometimes these are dilemmas or difficult issues associated with the study topic, which have no right or wrong answers, but are used to trigger critical thinking.

    Required resources o Access to recording equipment

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    Face to Face hours by delivery mode:

    On Campus – OC: Units studied on campus are designed with 12 three-hour classes, totalling 36 contact hours.

    Weekend Classes:

    Units offered as weekend classes must meet the required 36 contact hours. This is made up of 5 classes (9am-5pm) scheduled as per the unit timetable for the enrolled Trimester.

    Blended Delivery - BD: Units offered in this mode of delivery require the student to attend:

    o Four synchronous sessions: 1 ¾ hour synchronous sessions: 6.45 – 8.30pm o One two day workshop: 8.30-6pm

    Attendance requirements Attendance requirements ensure that students in PACFA-accredited courses meet their training requirements, and that learning outcomes are met.

    On Campus requirements (for students studying this unit on campus)

    In this unit provided by the Discipline of Counselling, on-campus students are required to maintain at least 80% attendance. This means that students cannot miss more than three classes in a term.

    Blended Delivery requirements (for students studying this unit by Blended Delivery)

    Students are required to participate in 80% of all person-to-person learning overall (including workshops and synchronous webinars).

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    Learning activities Learning activities are set in each section of the unit to give opportunities for further learning. They are designed to help students think through and practice the specific skills and general concepts presented in this unit. They do not need to be sent to the academic teacher for marking. However, valuable learning opportunities will be missed by not completing the activities.

    In studying this unit, students should maintain a learning journal for completing the activities. To structure the learning journal, set aside space for: completing a glossary of new terminology and concepts introduced in this unit notes on unit content and readings answers to learning activities draft assessments.

    Students can also keep the learning journal electronically.

    Self-assessment There are self-assessment questions at the end of each section to test students’ understanding of the section’s content. Try to recall the answers to these questions unaided. Write down answers from memory before going back to review the relevant material in the section. Some of the questions require more than simple recall. Some will require synthesising separate issues or different pieces of information. Real learning is not just remembering the reading. It involves owning this knowledge by: • reflecting • questioning • relating theory to personal experiences • integrating a number of readings on a particular topic or concept • paraphrasing.

    Assignments The assignments for this unit are carefully set so they develop from and support the key concepts and skills of the unit, and are aligned with the learning outcomes for this unit.

    In this unit, marking rubrics are provided for each assignment. These rubrics describe the type of requirements for each marking criterion at each level of mastery.

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    Section 1: Introduction to Counselling Skills and Models

    Section 2: Gestalt Therapy

    Section 3: Gestalt Therapy in Practice

    Section 4: Postmodernism – Themes, Narratives and Hope

    Section 5: Solution-Focused Therapy

    Section 6: Narrative Theory and Practice

    Section 7: Third Wave Theories and Practice

    Section 8: Transpersonal Theories

    Section 9: System Theories

    Section 10: Bowen’s Multigenerational Family Systems Theory

    Section 11: Structural and Strategic Systems Theories

    Section 12: Psychotherapy Integration: Putting It All Together

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    Assignment summary Please ensure you keep copies of all assignments submitted for this unit.

    The audiovisual recording of the therapy session must be uploaded in the online classroom, following the instructions provided. If students are unable for any reason to upload their sessions they can contact the IT Help


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