Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

This unit provides an in depth exploration of the essential relational qualities relevant to counselling. Learners are encouraged to develop an understanding of these qualities by reflecting on their own past experiences and by means of structured experiences and role plays from the vantage points of client, counsellor and student.

Such exploration shall provide the learner with a springboard for developing an appreciation not only of empathy, acceptance and genuineness but also of the significance of curiosity, hopefulness, power dynamics and the role of culture in the counsellng relationship.

The unit highlights the value of holding the tension between contrasting and often contradictory ideas, of playing with the experiential possibilities and of allowing a paradoxical security which can live with and at times even thrive in the absence of final and fixed truths.

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:

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 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.