Details for Counselling Frameworks

This subject builds on the foundations of Skills for Counselling by introducing advanced counselling techniques and a counselling framework. You will gain the ability to assess, understand specific client needs, and use counselling micro-skills and techniques in working with people in a counselling context. During the subject you will learn how to counsel clients with problems in the areas of anger, stress, self- esteem and other specific issues. This subject has been designed to comply with PACFA training requirement for which you must have completed a course where 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: SSC202
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Counselling Frameworks

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

Unit Content


  1. Integrate and use micro-skills with both cognitive and affective counselling techniques;
  2. Intentionally apply counselling micro-skills within the counselling model to assist clients in addressing specific issues;
  3. Assist clients to identify the dimensions of specific problems and identify client resources and assets to activate positive change;
  4. Develop self –reflective and personal skills in the context of counselling practice.

Subject Content

  1. The nature of counselling
  2. Foundation skills, including micro-skills
  3. Identifying the client's problem
  4. Helping clients tell their stories
  5. Using the basic listening sequence
  6. Reflecting meaning, utilising influencing skills and other strategies for change
  7. Using these skills to address common concerns/problems such as loneliness, low self-esteem, stress and anger

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

  • Reflective Forum Posts (20%)
  • Presentation and Write-Up (30%)
  • Video and Analysis (50%)

Prescribed Text

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

Please consult with your instructor before purchasing any textbooks