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HPY310 - Coaching and Counselling Groups for Behaviour Change

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Unit chair:

Suzanne Vidler





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour seminar per week


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.


Assessment task 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%

Assessment task 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%
Assessment task 3: Students, working in pairs, will plan and facilitate a 30-minute group training session within a seminar 40%
Assessment task 4: Seminar attendance: Satisfactory completion of the facilitation, coaching and counselling skills development exercises in at least 9 of the 11 seminars to obtain a pass or above in the unit - hurdle requirement

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