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: SSC504
  • 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

  • Nature of counselling
  • Foundation skills, including micro-skills
  • Identifying the client’s problem
  • Helping clients tell their stories
  • Using the basic listening sequence
  • Reflecting meaning, utilising influencing skills and other strategies for change
  • 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

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

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 texts