Helping and Counselling Skills in the Human Services

Course code SPSW3401Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Adopts a postmodern, narrative, social constructionist approach offering ideas and techniques where students develop an understanding of how the welfare state constructs people's realities. Its focus will primarily be the development of skills in narrative therapy in addition to the specific development of anti-oppressive principles of welfare practice.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAfter the successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

1.Knowledge of the ways of writing within Narrative Therapy

2.Familiarization and be able to compare other traditional approaches to therapy

3.Application of narrative techniques with radical/structural approaches of therapy
ContentThe course covers a wide range of narrative practices including externalization, re-membering, therapeutic letter writing, the use of rituals. It also offers a progressive critique of narrative practice and outlines a more radical counter-hegemonic practice.
Replacing Course(s)Replaces HUMA3401 Progressive Welfare Practice 2
TransitionStudents who have completed HUMA3401 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 1200 words
25% early semester
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2 1200 words
25% mid semester
Presentations - IndividualCore presentation and write up 1500-2000 words 50% end of semester
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term