Details for Foundations of Professional Practice

Please note: This subject will replace 'SSC514 Counselling Practice II' from Semester 2 (2023) onwards (new code and name only).

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC521
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Elizabeth Skinner


The following subjects are pre-requisites:

Awards offering Foundations of Professional Practice

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

Introduction, Foundational Practice & Skills Nature of counselling

Counselling Framework A (Process & Skills) Foundation skills, including micro-skills

Counselling Framework B (Process & Skills) Identifying the client’s problem

  • Treatment Sessions: Intake & Assessment Sessions Helping clients tell their stories
  • Treatment Sessions: Case Formulation & Treatment Planning Using the basic listening sequence
  • Treatment Sessions: Progress, Review, End of Treatment  Reflecting meaning, utilising influencing skills and other strategies for change
  • Working with the Client: Referrals, Client Folders, Note Taking Using these skills to address common concerns/problems such as loneliness, low self-esteem, stress and anger
  • 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 (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.