WEL423 Counselling Theory and Practice (8)


This subject provides the theoretical and practice skills necessary for students who will specialise in health based counselling. It covers ethics, skills and strategies compatible with major theoretical counselling frameworks. It deals with counselling techniques relevant to working with children, couples and families, people with disabilities, or from diverse cultural and ethnic groups. It also identifies the special requirements for working with people at different stages of the life cycle.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: WEL423
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not for students who have completed PSY402

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to identify and critically discuss at least three major counselling theories
- be able to demonstrate basic counselling skills
- be able to demonstrate appropriate techniques for use with diverse clients
- be able to critically analyse ethical issues in counselling practice
- be able to accurately give feedback to colleagues on their clinical practice
- be able to reflect on their own practice and develop strategies to enhance clinical practice skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Theories in counselling - Values and ethics in counselling practice - Fundamental counselling skills - The self in counselling practice - Working with children - Working with couples - Working with families - Working with people from different cultures and ethnic groups - Working with people who have disabilities

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. Case and problem based learning methods to strengthen basic counselling skills and application.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.