Details for Counselling Practice I

Please note: This subject will be replaced by 'SSC113 Interpersonal Communication Skills' from Semester 2 (2023) onwards (new code and name only).


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: SSC112
  • Credit points: 10

Awards offering Counselling Practice I

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 effective 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

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Skill Demonstration (Video) and Analysis (50%)
  • Reflective Journal (30%)
  • Individual Presentation and Forum Discussions (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Geldard, D., Geldard K. & Foo, R. (2021). Basic personal counselling (9th ed). Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks