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HPY310 - Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Suzanne Vidler (B)

Contact hours:

1 x three hour seminar per week.


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


The unit aims to enable students to develop an understanding of, and practice in, current approaches in evidence and non-evidenced-based coaching, facilitating and counselling for behaviour change practices from a group-work perspective.

The unit will include:

  • Developing awareness of group-work principles and group dynamics;
  • Practical, generic coaching, facilitating and counselling skills applicable to a range of group environments;
  • Awareness of cross-disciplinary applications of the coaching/counselling process in group settings and an ethical framework for group-work practices.

The unit is applicable to a range of disciplines and highly relevant for students wishing to develop skills as a coach, trainer/facilitator, supervisor, manager, tutor, presenter or group counsellor.

Note: students will be provided with practical techniques and support to help overcome fear of public speaking and presenting.


Students will:

1. Design and write a group-training program for a 1-day training seminar that involves:

  • The training of at least two skills or, two personal development techniques for participants;
  • Facilitating at least two group discussion sessions. 30%.

2. Provide an 1800-word (maximum) essay incorporating a rationale justifying the approach, strengths, philosophy and content to be utilised in the 1-day training session plan. 30%.

3. Students, working in pairs, will plan and facilitate a 30-minute group training session within a seminar. 40%.

Seminar attendance: Students will be required to attend a minimum of 80% of campus seminars as a hurdle requirement to obtain a pass or above in the unit. Seminars will be 3 hours duration.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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