Counselling Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6516
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course provides students in the Relationship Counselling specialization in the Master of Family Studies with the knowledge and skills required to identify and apply appropriate therapeutic approaches relating to counselling interventions with individuals, couples, children and young people. Knowledge and skill required for participation in effective clinical supervision are also addressed. Students must work in a setting (either voluntary or paid) which provides access to approximately 20 hours of supervised clinical assessment with clients in family counselling contexts.


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  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge necessary to effectively analyse, critique and apply a broad range of family counselling approaches.

2. Implement the components of a family therapy session.

3. Monitor and critically review the use of counselling approaches and theories in family counselling contexts.

4. Initiate and prepare for clinical supervision.

5. Utilise clinical supervision to review effectiveness of clinical practices and techniques.

6. Understand, use and critique professional research to inform practice.

7. Identify and initiate opportunities to pursue ongoing development of professional knowledge.

8. Critically reflect on, and apply, practically what has been learnt theoretically within the course.


  • 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

Professional Task: A1 - Workplace application of supervision processes

Written Assignment: A2 - Written - Preparation for Supervision

Contact Hours

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 15 hour(s) per Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 30 hour(s) per Term


Online 15 hour(s) per Term

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