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Counselling Skills 2 KHA502


In this unit you will learn to apply advanced counselling skills, including working with a range of client presentations and intervention strategies. You will gain skills and knowledge to help you navigate the stages of therapy, beginning with the intake interview. This unit will challenge you to extend your foundational knowledge and skills to more specific and advanced approaches to counselling, including how to tailor your approach to the specific needs of different client presentations. You will also work to deepen your reflective practice as you engage in more complex counselling interactions.


Unit name Counselling Skills 2
Unit code KHA502
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Catherine Deans
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic and advanced counselling skills in a professional manner.
  • Engage with a variety of client presentations and tailor your approach to the specific client’s needs.
  • Discuss how culture may affect communication and describe the skills and attitudes required of a culturally sensitive counsellor.
  • Justify therapeutic decision making, supporting professional decisions with evidence from the research literature.
  • Reflect on professional skills development and constructively critique your own counselling performance.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
061700 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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Concurrent Prerequisites



Teaching Pattern

3 x 3 hour workshops (available as either in-person on campus workshops or synchronous online workshops); 6 x 1 hour synchronous online discussions; asynchronous engagement in online learning 7 -9 hours weekly.

AssessmentPresentation (15%)|Self-critique of counselling skills (20%)|Reflective Journal (25%)|Skills Demonstration (40%)
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The required readings will be posted each week in the introduction to the MyLO Module.


The following materials will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit, but you are not required to purchase them. When seeking sources of evidence to support your assignment work, you will find
these a useful starting point. These materials are available for a limited loan period from the University Library collection.


  •  Corey, G. 2009 Theory and Practice of Counselling and psychotherapy (8th edition) Thomson: United Kingdom
  •  Geldard, D., & Geldard, K., 2012 Basic Personal Counselling, A training manual for Counsellors, (7th edition), Pearson, Prentice Hall: Frenches Forrest NSW
  •  Kahn, M. (1997). Between therapist and client: The new relationship. Macmillan.
  •  Teyber & Teyber (2019) Interpersonal processes in therapy. Cengage.
  •  Egan, G. (2014). The skilled helper: a problem-management and opportunity development approach to helping. Belmont, Calif.: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, c2014. (or other edition published within the past 8 years)
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