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HPY306 - Applied Counselling Skills (Intermediate)


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Robyn Moffitt




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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

1 hour online self-paced interactive learning each week will provide students with the theoretical background for practical counselling skills taught in seminars. Weekly seminars will support students to develop applied counselling skills. These seminars will focus on demonstrating and practising counselling activities in dyads and triads and preparing students for the assessments.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2 hour seminar (campus) per week with compulsory attendance requirement.

Scheduled learning activities - online:

1 x 2 hour seminar (online) per week with compulsory attendance requirement.

In-person attendance requirements:

Campus students will be required to attend, in-person, at least 8 of the 10 two hour weekly seminars to obtain a Pass or above in the unit. Online students will be able to meet this requirement through online attendance.


Designed to help make you work-ready, students in this unit will learn about the key theories of counselling, including psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, cognitive, and behavioural approaches. Students will critically appraise and compare the origin of these theories, their proposed mechanisms of change, and the specific intervention techniques aligned with each theory. The unit also has a strong focus on practical counselling skills, which are common across all approaches. Students will further develop their counselling micro-skills, their sensitivity to culturally diverse client populations, and will be introduced to more complex skills, including case formulation. The unit also includes a self-reflective element and will provide an opportunity for students to explore their own emerging counselling approach and orientation. We would recommend this unit to anyone considering client work in a community or mental health setting.

This unit builds upon the foundational knowledge obtained in the pre-requisite unit HPY210 Applied Counselling Skills (Introductory) (this unit used to be called Coaching and Counselling for Behaviour Change).

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Demonstrate the basic counselling micro-skills required to build a therapeutic relationship, including active listening, reflecting content and feelings, asking questions, and summarising. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship
ULO2 Describe and differentiate the basic principles and techniques of existential-humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive, and behavioural approaches to counselling. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO3 Critically appraise, evaluate, and compare the key counselling approaches as they relate to case formulation across a range of contexts. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
ULO4 Develop self-awareness of philosophical position, theoretical orientation, and personal values in the context of professional counselling. GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO8: Global citizenship


Trimester 2:
Assessment description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Counselling Roleplay (Individual) Recorded video, annotated transcript, and checklist 35%
  • Week 6
Assessment 2: Case Formulation Visualisation (Individual) Case Formulation Visualisation and text-only file 35%
  • Week 9
Assessment 3: Theoretical Orientation Self-Reflection (Individual) 1000 words 30%
  • Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

  • Satisfactory completion of activities focused on micro-skills and case formulation skill development, including participation in roleplay activities, in at least 8 of the 10 two hour weekly seminars, to obtain a Pass or above in the unit.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: HPY306 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period.

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