Details for Counselling Practice II

Please note: This subject will be replaced by 'SSC521 Foundations of Professional Practice' from Semester 2 (2023) onwards (new code and name only).

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC514
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following subjects are pre-requisites:

  • SSC405 Skills for Counselling OR SSC412 Counselling Practice I

Awards offering Counselling Practice II

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

Unit Content


  1. Synthesise the principles of reflective practice and supervision as components of ongoing professional development and wellbeing;
  2. Develop the skills for integrating core competencies and micro-skills with a range of evidence-based counselling techniques and contexts;
  3. Critique counselling skills within a counselling framework to assess, formulate and assist clients in addressing identified issues;
  4. Develop an understanding of and commitment to professional and ethical counselling practice;
  5. Address specific client presentations within individual and group contexts;

Subject Content

  • Nature of counselling in individual and group contexts
  • Counselling frameworks and foundation skills, with focus on assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, intervention and review
  • Identifying the client’s problem
  • Helping clients tell their stories
  • Using the basic listening sequence
  • Reflecting meaning, utilising influencing skills and other strategies for change
  • Focussed learning on three current evidence-based counselling theories and interventions, including brief therapies
  • Applying counselling theories and therapies to common presenting issues in counselling settings, including loneliness, low self-esteem, stress and anger
  • Demonstrate capacity for self-reflection and engagement in professional supervision
  • Professional and ethical practice, including note-taking, file management, confidentiality and mandatory reporting
  • Group processes and interventions

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

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