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: Elizabeth Skinner



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

  • Introduction
  • The Nature and Purpose of Counselling
  • Transcultural Issues
  • Foundational Skills: Core Components
  • Foundational Skills: Micro-skills
  • Further Foundational Skills
  • Counselling with Emotions in Mind
  • Skills for Promoting Change
  • Clarifying the Emotional Life of the Client
  • The Wellness Approach to Transcultural Counselling
  • Dealing with Challenging Client Issues
  • Conflict Situations
  • Counselling and Christian Ministry
  • Termination/ Closure
  • Self-Care

This course may be offered in the following formats

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

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

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Skills Demonstration and Critical Reflection (50%)
  • Reflective Learning Journal (20%)

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.