School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Counselling 1Western Sydney University Unit Code: 101506.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 20

Equivalent Units
101432 - Skills in Counselling 1, 101434 - Counselling: Principles and Paradigms in Practice

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 1647 Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 1648 Graduate Certificate in Counselling, 4595 Master of Art Therapy or 4617 Master of Social Science. Attendance is a threshold requirement of this unit because experiential learning is a key component of accredited counselling training courses. Attendance at six or more of the experiential group sessions is required unless special consideration is granted. Attendance at less then six experiential group sessions will lead to a Fail regardless of extenuating circumstances.

About this Unit
In 2016 this unit replaced by 102353 - Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 1. Counselling 1 is a foundational unit for postgraduate counselling and therapeutic studies. It forms the first part of a 40 credit point sequence undertaken during the first year. Counselling 1 presents the foundational skills necessary for the successful inception of a productive counselling relationship. The sequenced, progressive presentation of these skills via experiential learning is framed by the simultaneous presentation of key theoretical concepts relevant to the skills in question. Students will be required to analyse the features of their own personalities, and to reflect on feedback that they receive from others in the role of counsellor, in order to develop the self-awareness and sensitivity necessary for this professional role.

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