Details for Interpersonal Communication Skills

Please note: This subject will replace 'SSC412 Counselling Practice I' from Semester 2 (2023) onwards (new code and name only).

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC413
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar



Awards offering Interpersonal Communication Skills

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

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of foundations of communication and counselling, including wellness, socio-cultural competence and ethical practice;
  2. Develop an understanding of core competencies of counselling and people helping for individuals and groups;
  3. Generate and combine the principles for effective communication, active listening, micro-skills and conflict management into your relational style;
  4. Formulate an approach to ongoing professional development and wellbeing, including critial engagement with peers.

Subject Content

  • Foundations of Counselling: Wellness, Socio-Cultural Competence and Ethical Practice
  • Core Competencies of Counsellors and People Helpers
  • Principles of communication in individual and group contexts
  • 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
  • Introduction to a range of historical and contemporary counselling theories
  • Cultural contexts of counselling and cross-cultural communication
  • Counselling frameworks, structure and practice: sessions and interviews
  • Professional development and well-being
  • Group processes and dynamics
  • Group counselling and support

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Paper and Presentation (40%)
  • Skills Demonstration and Critical Reflection (50%)
  • Reflective Learning Journal (10%)

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 texts.