Details for Foundations of Professional Practice

Please note: This subject will replace 'SSC214 Counselling Practice II' from Semester 2 (2023) onwards (new code and name only).


This subject builds on the foundations of SSC113 Interpersonal Communication Skills 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: SSC221
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Elizabeth Skinner


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Foundations of Professional Practice

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

  • Introduction, Foundational Practice & Skills
  • Counselling Framework A (Process & Skills)
  • Counselling Framework B (Process & Skills)
  • Treatment Sessions: Intake & Assessment Sessions
  • Treatment Sessions: Case Formulation & Treatment Planning
  • Treatment Sessions: Progress, Review, End of Treatment 
  • Working with the Client: Referrals, Client Folders, Note Taking
  • Specific Issues & Interventions 1
  • Specific Issues & Interventions 2
  • Specific Issues & Interventions 3
  • Professional Issues: Mandatory Reporting, Legal Matters
  • Supervision
  • Reflective Practice & Application of Learning

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

  • Interview, Critique, and Client Folder (50%)
  • Report and Resource for Practitioners (25%)
  • Critical Reflection (25%)

Prescribed Text

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

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.