Counselling Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6516
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course provides students in the Intensive Family Practice specialisation in the Master of Family Studies with knowledge and skills to counsel and support change in individuals and families.


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  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Trimester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply strategies to support change in families

2. Apply counselling strategies with family members

3. Use strategies of self-assessment, reflection and supervision to manage and develop effectiveness of clinical practices


  • Communication micro skills for work with families
  • Engaging and collaborating with families
  • Approaches and theories for change
  • Impact of trauma
  • Facilitating change in complex circumstances
  • Supporting families in crisis
  • Legal and ethical context
  • Diverse cultural contexts
  • Clinical supervision and reflective practice
  • Collaborating with other professionals

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline (Counselling, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science, or equivalent) or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Discussion Board

Practical Demonstration:



Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend the face to face workshop to pass this course.

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term

Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term