Details for Skills for Counselling

On successfully completing this subject, you will be able to use practical skills for more effective interpersonal communication as well as basic counselling skills. This subject has been designed to comply with PACFA training requirement: Students must have completed a course of which at least 100 hours is experiential. Experiential activities refer to clinical training methods, such as modelling by clinicians, counsellor-client practice, clinical placements, role-plays, and concrete and specific feedback.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC104
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



Awards offering Skills for Counselling

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Integrate the principles for effective communication, active listening, observation and conflict management into your relational style;
  2. Practice skills for ffective expression and appropriate assertiveness from a range of styles;
  3. Generate skills useful for managing counselling conversations including those that may not proceed as anticipated;
  4. Apply cultural sensitivity to counselling practice and develop a methodology for continued professional development and effective self monitoring.

Subject Content

  • Principles of communication
  • Blocks to communication
  • Active listening
  • Attending behaviours
  • Micro-skills of silence, minimal encouragers, paraphrasing and summarising
  • Self-awareness and self-disclosure
  • Assertiveness
  • Reflection of content, meaning, reflection of feeling, questioning, confrontation
  • Cultural contexts of counselling and cross-cultural communication

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Skill Demonstration (Video) and Analysis (50%)
  • Reflective Journal (30%)
  • Individual Presentation and Forum Discussions (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Geldard, D., Geldard K. & Foo, R. (2017). Basic personal counselling (8th ed). Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks.