Course Title: Narrative Approaches for Career Counselling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Narrative Approaches for Career Counselling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Susan Mate

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1522

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora 220.04.01

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine narrative career counselling as a practice that places an emphasis on the client counsellor relationship. You will examine the approaches underpinning narrative career counselling originating from the pioneering work of Michael White and David Epston (1990). You will develop knowledge of counselling processes and skills through the exploration and application of counselling theories and models, with an emphasis on the narrative counselling approach. Through participating in this course will as you will gain insight into the broadly based philosophies of socio dynamic approaches founded in constructionist theories and life design approaches. 

While this course is predominantly online, you will participate in a three- day intensive practical workshop. In the workshop you will work with a client to develop the advanced communication skills fundamental in facilitating helping (client- counsellor) relationships, particularly from a Narrative perspective. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.        

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

Develop theoretical and technical knowledge in careers practice, employability solutions and life design  

Apply design strategies and narrative career counselling in conjunction with CICA professional competencies to develop client focussed outcomes 

Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, ethical practice, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner 

Professionally communicate with clients, colleagues and the broader community 

Upon successfully completing this course you will be able to: 

 1.   Evaluate ethical considerations for career counselling practice and operates within an appropriate Code of Ethics 

2.   Define a counselling relationship and demonstrate an understanding of concepts and constructs appropriate in counselling with an emphasis on narrative career counselling.  

3.    Develop and demonstrate advanced communication skills, e.g., reflective listening, questioning 

4.   Describe and explain major counselling theories and models and consider how these apply in practice. 

5.   Describe and apply a Narrative approach to counselling and analyse the impact of narrative agency and context on practice. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include: 

  • Engagement in online learning activities including discussions, activities and webinars 
  • Review of relevant literature 
  • Self-directed research on topics linked to assessment tasks 
  • Reflection and analysis of your practice in terms of how it relates to professional standards 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

The University Library has extensive resources for Education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment tasks: 

1. Structured Evaluation of a Counselling Interview (800 - 1000 words or equivalent) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2 and 3  

2. Live Counselling Session incorporating Reflective Practice and Peer Feedback (1000 word reflective report). 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1, 2, 3, 4,  and 5.  

3.  Counselling Session and Written Reflection (1500 - 2000 words or equivalent) 

Linked Course Learning Outcomes:  1,2,3,4, and 5 

Assignments are unweighted, Pass/Fail only and submitted according to a negotiated schedule developed by you and your course leader 

All assessments need to be successfully completed to pass this course. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long- term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions