NRS516 Advanced Nursing Skills - The Therapeutic Relationship (8)

The student will be introduced to various theoretical perspectives in counselling with particular reference to the nursing context. Approaches to crisis intervention, trauma counselling, family therapy, bereavement counselling, and individual educational and supportive interventions will be examined.


Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS516. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Nursing students. Available to Associate students. It requires special approval from either course coordinator, subject coordinator, or head of teaching school as appropriate. Students must have access to a mental health clinical nursing area.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to
  • describe the role of the nurse as a counsellor;
  • explain and analyse the various theoretical perspectives in counselling;
  • apply and translate the theoretical principles of counselling theory to meet the individual needs of your client;
  • use of systematic approach during counselling sessions in order to use it as the basis for therapeutic communication;
  • identify, discuss and critically comment upon some of the major counselling techniques used to enhance therapeutic counselling/communication skills;
  • have an understanding of the ethical and professional issues inherent in the practice of counselling.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Historical perspectives of counselling Overview of the helping model On becoming a counsellor Macro and micro skills in counselling Theoretical approaches to counselling (e.g. humanistic, gestalt, rational emotive, cognitive, behavioural and analytical therapy) Practical application of the therapeutic counselling/communication skills in various psychiatric/psychological problems within a nursing context (i.e. suicide, anger management, crisis intervention, grief, depression etc.) Code of ethics in counselling

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS516 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Comparative analysis and clinical application
Critical reflection / reflective practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.