Vocational Development and Counselling (REHB5070)


This unit introduces students to the field of vocational development and career decision making. Students are provided with a framework upon which to base vocational counselling activities with clients. Students are guided through the process of assisting individuals, including those with disabilities, to make new career decisions. Resources (including tests, activities and questionnaires) essential for providing effective vocational planning and counselling services to clients are also explored and demonstrated to students. The subtleties of vocational test interpretation are examined. Students are introduced to vocational report writing formats. The unit of study focuses on meeting the specific core competency requirements as set out in Core Competencies 9 (Vocational Assessment) and 10 (Vocational Counselling) by the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors.

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2-hr lecture/week, 2x 1 day workshops; or the online equivalent


Take home assignment week 6 (40%), practical exercises week 12 (40%) and online Quiz Week 14 (20%)


Figler, H. & Bolles, R. N. (2007), The career counselor¿s handbook (2nd ed.). Berkeley, Ca.: Ten Speed Press. Strauser, D. (2014). Career development, employment and disability in rehabilitation. From theory to practice. NY: Springer (selected chapters only - available as e-book)

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.