School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Counselling 2Western Sydney University Unit Code: 101507.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 7

Credit Points: 20

Equivalent Units
101433 - Skills in Counselling 1, 53010 - Counselling: Principles and Paradigms in Practice, 56160 - Theoretical Approaches to Therapy, 400486 - Psychotherapy for Arts Therapists

101506 Counselling 1

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 than six experiential group sessions will lead to a Fail regardless of extenuating circumstances.

About this Unit
In 2016 this unit replaced by 102364 - Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice and 102355 - Foundations of Psychotherapy and Counselling 2. Counselling 2 is a foundational unit for postgraduate counselling and therapeutic studies. It forms the second part of a 40 credit point sequence undertaken during the first year. Counselling 2 offers further practice in foundational counselling skills introduced in Counselling 1. In addition, students are introduced to skills appropriate to the unfolding counselling relationship, those that involve an authentic ‘encounter’ between counsellor and client. Continued skills practice in triads is required, plus completion of eight sessions of counselling with a volunteer client who has already studied in this, or a similar, program.. Assessment tasks will require in-depth analysis of the student’s skills and countertransference in an unfolding counselling relationship. Theoretical perspectives will include concepts of problem-formation and change facilitation across the major paradigms; and stages and change-points in the adult life cycle, with appropriateness of varying therapeutic models to each stage.

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