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Unit details

HPS744 - Counselling and Interpersonal Skills

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in H650 Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Unit chair:

Suzanne Vidler

Contact hours: 3 hours per week


The unit will provide an introduction to a problem management approach to counselling, based on Egan's Skilled Helper Model with clients of different ages, cultural backgrounds and presenting concerns. The common difficulties encountered during the counselling process will be addressed, together with ethical concerns. In addition, students will be assisted to understand their own impact on the counselling process. Training in basic counselling skills such as listening, probing and empathic responding will be provided. Students will participate in role-plays, fish bowl exercises and counselling practice in class. Students will be required to submit a video of themselves in a practice counselling situation with a fellow student.


Assessment task 1: DVD or Video presentation No. 1: Recording of 20 minute interview (student as counsellor) 1600 word critique of presentation 40%

Assessment task 2: DVD or video presentation No. 2: Recording of 30-45 minute interview (student as counsellor) plus 2000-2500 word written critique of presentation 60%

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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