Course Title: Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2018
Course Code: OHTH5924C
Course Title: Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling
Course Contact: Jo Wallwork
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3983
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Nominal Hours: 100
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course describes the skills and knowledge required to develop a structured approach to counselling using advanced and specialised communication skills. The counselling skills developed within this course will be considered in a financial counselling context.
This course is clustered with three (3) other courses:
- Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002
- Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003
- Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007
These four courses are delivered and assessed together.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
E1. Use a structured approach to counselling
1.1 Analyse existing client information prior to commencement of counselling session
1.2 Use initial session to gather additional client information as a foundation for counselling process
1.3 Select and use communication techniques that support the initial counselling session objectives
1.4 Follow a structured approach to counselling based on client needs and expectations
E2. Establish the nature of the helping relationship
2.1 Provide information that assists clients to understand the nature of the counselling service on offer
2.2 Clarify, confirm or modify client expectations of the counselling service
2.3 Identify client anxieties about the counselling process and explore with clients
2.4 Acknowledge and show respect for client’s immediate concerns
2.5 Clarify both expectations and commitment to the counselling relationship and confirm with clients
2.6 Identify indicators of client issues beyond scope of own role and report or refer according to presenting issue and organisation requirements
E3. Confirm the helping relationship
3.1 Explore options and approaches for the relationship with clients according to individual need
3.2 Agree priorities and develop a plan for counselling in collaboration with the client
3.3 Make documented agreement with the client that addresses disclosure and organisation requirements
On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. By applying these skills and this knowledge you will be able to use specialised communication skills within a counselling process. You will be able to use a structured approach to establish the counselling process; with the other three (3) counselling courses, you will be able to work with clients to clarify goals, options, and courses of action, and manage the counselling process to its conclusion.
Details of Learning Activities
- teacher directed group activities/projects
- peer teaching
- group discussion
- class exercises to review discussions/lectures
- role play activities
- independent project based work
- online and other research
- independent study
Structured approach and ‘Person-centred practice’
Information required before seeing client
Legal and ethical considerations for initial stages of counselling and how to apply these – codes of conduct/duty of care/mandatory reporting/privacy-confidentiality-disclosure/work role boundaries/practitioner-client boundaries/discrimination/human rights
Using the initial session to gather client information as a foundation for counselling process
Communication techniques to support the initial session’s objectives
The client's needs and expectations
Establishing the nature of the counselling relationship
Working on a plan for counselling in collaboration with client
Making documented agreement with the client
How to take notes unobtrusively
The sequence of a counselling interview
Identifying when specialised counselling interview skills are appropriate for inclusion, and when they can impact positively to enhance client development and growth
How to identify and respond appropriately to strong client emotional reactions
How to reflect on and evaluate how you have communicated with the client: why do this? how to do this?
Identify when/how/what skills need developing
Micro-skills required for effective counselling (communication techniques)
Working with client barriers – these could be uncertainty/ambivalence/anxiety
How to support clients to experience and process difficulties
Paying attention to the particular story of the client in regard to parallels, links in client’s experience and meaningful interventions (related to client situation)
Strengths-based approach – what this is, how this can work in financial counselling context
Using techniques such as: reflecting back; clarification; review
Working with the client to look at underlying issues and collaboratively working on how to deal with them
Acknowledging and working with changes in client’s life as appropriate
Monitoring and reviewing counselling process with client to ensure relevance, including how counsellor and how client both perceive process and progress
How to address tension between client’s hopes/expectations and the reality of resource limitations
Facilitating change at a pace that the client can work with
How to bring the counselling process to a conclusion:
Assisting clients to clarify goals and requirements
Review Communication techniques – micro-skills etc
Exploring options with clients – look at this in counselling context and financial counselling context
Case study activities
Working with the client to decide on course of action, and how to consider alternatives where necessary.
Documenting decisions and agreeing ongoing support within organisational guidelines
In-class assessment activity: Role Play
Overview of Assessment
Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through:
- Practical demonstration of skills
- Case study scenarios
- Written assignments/questions
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment.
To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher when you have completed the assessment tasks.
You should refer to the assessment plan which is available on Canvas for details of each assessment task and for detailed assessment criteria. The dates noted below are provisional and may be subject to change.
Assessment Task 1: Role play activity
Due date: In-class 15 March 2018
Assessment Task 2: Case studies and written questions
Due date: 8 April 2018
Assessment Task 3: Case studies and written questions
Due date: 17 June 2018
Assessment Task 4: Video submission counselling session
Due date: 24 June 2018
Assessment Task 5: Knowledge questions
Due date: 8 October 2018
Assessment Task 6: Case studies and written questions
Due date: 21 October 2018
Assessment Task 7: Mock financial counselling session/role play
Due date: In-class 31 Oct & 1 Nov 2018
Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:
CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment
The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available with the assessment tasks on Canvas.
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