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ED5910 - Career Counselling

[Offered in odd-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

In order to be effective in career development service provision, practitioners need counselling skills to facilitate client change. As such, this subject introduces students to counselling theories, microskills, and techniques, linked to contemporary career development theory and practise. Students will develop comprehensive knowledge and skill applying these theories, microskills, and techniques across the career development lifecycle. In particular, how to apply these skills and techniques effectively across education, employment and community contexts, for a range of client concerns. The Career Counselling workshop provides students with extensive opportunities to apply career counselling techniques and theories to a range of client contexts. A highly immersive workshop, over three days, students undertake role plays, real plays and observational exercises to build a deep understanding of the application of counselling to a diverse and complex range of scenarios. Working with experienced Practitioners, participants receive personalised and immediate feedback on their counselling approach, to enhance competence and effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply advanced communication and advocacy skills to interpret, evaluate and justify complex ideas and professional judgements to a broad range of stakeholders;
  • identify and evaluate major theories and models of counselling such as Narrative, Cognitive Behavioural, Person Centred, and Motivational Interviewing;
  • illustrate sophisticated microskills in order to integrate effective counselling techniques to a range of career development contexts and concerns;
  • formulate an integrated personal approach of counselling, incorporating career development theories, for use in practice.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (50%) - Individual.


JCU Online, Study Period 83, External
Census Date 18-May-2023
Coordinator: Dr Natalia Veles
Lecturers: Dr Natalia Veles, Dr Catherine Hughes, Dr Sujin Kim.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 7 hours online activity
  • 14 hours online Tutorials
  • 7 hours online Workshops - 1 x 7 hour days
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.