Intro Counselling for Health Professions (SEXH5402)


This unit will introduce students to the microskills and basic theories of counselling in a health setting. This unit of study has two parts: an online component and a face-to-face intensive teaching block component. The intensive teaching block will include an extension of online content and provide skills development sessions. The intensive teaching block is compulsory. On completion of this unit, students should be able to: (i) Demonstrate the application of microskills to interpersonal communication, professional communication and in a counselling context; (ii) Apply basic counselling interventions in a health context; (iii) Critique the application of counselling and psychotherapy theories in health settings; (iv) Critique and discuss ethical issues in counselling; (v) Demonstrate the ability to develop a basic management plan for an individual or couple based on best available research and clinical evidence; and (vi) Develop an understanding of the self in practise.

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On-line plus block intensive mode, 4 days, 9am-5pm


1 x group work task (25%); Online quiz (20%); 1 x 2000 word assignment (20%); 1 x 2500 word assignment (25%); Discussion board participation (10%)


Corey, Gerald (2011) Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. ISBN: 9780840028549;
McLeod, John (2009) An introduction to Counselling. ISBN: 9780335225514

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