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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

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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