Applied Counselling

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Griffith University and Open Universities Australia offer this online unit in Applied Counselling to students enrolled in the Master of Social Work course.

The unit gives students an overview of counselling practice and theory in relation to their application in social work and human services. Covering many areas of interest, the unit provides students with the counselling skills they need to help a diverse range of clients. This is achieved through a close study of counselling theory and development of practical therapeutic skills. 

Students will learn about counselling frameworks, integrative therapy, and counselling micro-skills, among other topics. This knowledge can then be applied in a career in social work or a related field.

The unit utilises a wide variety of media resources, and is assessed through a written assignment (30%), a guided online discussion with peers (20%), and a presentation (50%).

Eligibility

Applicants must be accepted into the following course in order to enrol in this unit:

  • Master Of Social Care, Griffith University

Applicants must also have completed the following unit, prior to enrolling:

  • Foundations of Social Work Practice

Areas of study

In this Applied Counselling unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Ethical and culturally competent practice
  • What is counselling? What works in counselling?
  • Application to practice micro skills for counselling
  • Counselling frameworks
  • Inter-professional learning inter-professional counselling
  • An integrative approach to integrative therapy

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This postgraduate unit in Applied Counselling will equip students with the practical skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in social work. Students taking this unit will learn counselling theory that they can apply to real-world counselling sessions.

The skills gained can also be utilised in many other careers, as being able to listen and talk through problems is an important part of being an effective boss or co-worker. Successful completion of this unit will result in you being able to:

  • Talk about the two main theories of modern counselling practice
  • Use your counselling skills in sessions with clients
  • Identify therapeutic needs to suit clients from a range of different backgrounds
  • Use counselling skills in a therapeutic context
  • Recognise the 'individual' and their position in the counsellor-client relationship
  • Use solution focused brief therapy and motivational interviewing principles in therapy

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Applied Counselling from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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