CN810 Introduction to Counselling OR CN811 Basic Counselling Skills



Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

This unit is designed to complement students’ growing understanding of the theories and practices that underpin the profession of counselling. In addition, counsellors need a working knowledge of the major issues that are faced and presented by clients who desire counselling. The unit targets a range of particular concerns that are frequently presented in counselling and provides students with information pertinent to these issues. Students are also introduced to the ways in which counsellors have approached, conceptualised and treated these issues. In the process of engaging with these issues academically, student acquire additional theory and skills. They are also provided with opportunities to reflect on these issues for themselves not only psychologically but also theologically in terms of personal relevance and experience.


  1. Introduction to major issues in Counselling
  2. Anxiety and Depression
  3. Grief and loss
  4. Identity and self esteem and life transitions
  5. Addiction
  6. Workplace Issues
  7. Children’s and Youth issues
  8. Women’s issues
  9. Men’s issues
  10. Family violence
  11. Suicide
  12. Sexuality and LGBTIQA issues

Unit offerings

Face to face: Semester 1, 2024 (Every 2nd Year (Even), 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.