PSY474 Counselling Skills (8)

The aim of this subject is to provide students with a systematic introduction to the theory and practice of counselling. Students will learn about the knowledge, skills, ethical, legal and professional issues related to working with a variety of clients of different ages, cultural backgrounds including, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and presenting concerns in a range of settings.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY474. 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 Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

4th year Psychology students only.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss and evaluate the ideas and theories that inform counselling practice;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and practice of basic counselling micro skills with diverse populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses as a counsellor; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the process of professional regulation for psychologists including: Familiarity with National Law (reporting obligations and reporting of notifiable conduct); familiarity with the Commonwealth and state laws (in regard to limitations of confidentiality, privacy laws and the NSW Crimes Act); familiarity with the PsyBA code of ethics and ethical guidelines for psychologists; and familiarity with the appropriate collection, storage and destruction of data.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is counselling?
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Professional issues
  • Counselling in a multicultural society
  • Counselling with diverse populations in a variety of settings
  • Foundation skills

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.