The main objective of this course is to facilitate students' development of their ability and confidence to use basic counselling and interview skills. The unit provides students with an overview of counselling theory and models and is an introduction to the development of counselling skills underpinned by these theories and models in the context of genetic counselling. Client-centred counselling and Rogerian techniques will be demonstrated and practiced under supervision during role plays. During the clinical placement, students will be allocated a supervisor(s), and this placement will be largely observational of Genetic Counsellors in session. Students will start to develop their counselling skills according to competencies developed by the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. The community experience aims to provide students with an understanding of the lived experience of a genetic condition.
8x1.5h lectures/tutorials/reflective practice by faculty/guest lecturers at Kolling Institutre, Royal North Shore Hospital and a 2-day intensive counselling skills workshop with Mr John Conaghan, Sr Social Worker, Hunter Genetics and Clinical Lecture, SMS.
Counseling theory 1250wd essay (25%), book review 1250 wd essay (25%), reflective exercise from community placement (25%), clinical placement log book (25%). In addition competencies are assessed during placement but do not attract a mark.
Crago H and Gardner P (2012) A safe place to change: skills and capacities for counseling and therapy. IP Communications Melbourne ISBN 978 098 086 494 6; Geldard, D. and Geldard, K. (2012). Basic Personal Counseling: A training manual for counsellors (7th ed.). Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education. ISBN 9781442502192.
GENC5001 and GENC5002 are co-requisites.