HPY306 - Applied Counselling Skills (Intermediate)


2025 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
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.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour on-campus seminar per week with compulsory attendance requirement.

Scheduled learning activities - online

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

In-person attendance requirements

On-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).

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.

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