Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit will introduce students to basic counselling concepts to take on caring counselling and pastoral roles, by developing respectful relationships with diverse individuals, families and communities, who are seeking support with mental health and healing of the soul. Students will be introduced to philosophical approaches to counselling, develop their listening skills and learn of approaches to integrate a Christian worldview into counselling.


  1. Exploring definitions of counselling
  2. Introduction to counselling: Faith, fears, fantasies, philosophy and focus
  3. Exploring listening and being present
  4. Exploring empathy as a way of being
  5. Practice one-on-one counselling session from client perspective
  6. Exploring openness, acceptance, and non-judgemental way of being
  7. Engaging with ideas of authenticity, genuineness and congruence
  8. Power and diversity in counselling
  9. Connecting with new clients and structuring the counselling relationship
  10. Practice counselling skills
  11. Evaluation of unit.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include lectures and tutorials, weekend schools; class discussions; role plays and practice of skills within class; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, DVD, video and audio tape and on-line interaction.

Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 1, 2024 and Semester 1, 2025 (Every Year, Semester 1)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.