Details for Interpersonal Communication Skills

On successfully completing this subject, you will be able to use practical skills for more effective interpersonal communication and basic counselling skills. This subject has been designed to comply with PACFA and ACA training requirement: 

*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%)
  • Exams (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.