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Unit 103

Unit 103

The Human Being From A Holistic Perspective

Unit Description

This 3-credit point unit explores holistic theories of consciousness, drawing primarily on the foundational work of Rudolf Steiner and related figures.

This 3-credit point unit explores holistic theories of consciousness, drawing primarily on the foundational work of Rudolf Steiner and related figures. The fundamental principles of the human being from an anthroposophical approach, and its application to counselling practice, are outlined. Students will learn how to understand and work with human experience from the holistic perspective.

A model for the relationship of consciousness to soul, emotions and the human being is presented and demonstrated, using didactic methods and creative activities, including drawing, poetry, writing, clay modelling and movement in counselling practice.




Core Unit


Year 1, Semester 1




Katrina Dickson


30 minutes before and after workshop intensives and by appointment during semester

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Utilise the skills of journaling, rapid writing, guided meditation and drawing to increase self-awareness and in counselling work with clients

b) Apply experiential exercises to develop the capacity to notice signals and open to deeper levels of awareness

c) Apply core process oriented and metaskills to self and in working with others to develop an active self-reflective process

d) Bring a ‘beginner’s mind’ and curiosity to counselling practice and wonder to oneself and others about the experience of connecting with the deeper mystery of life

e) Demonstrate critical awareness of their strengths and limitations in counselling practice, thereby knowing when to appropriately refer, seek their own therapy, and utilise supervision

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.34 hours per week over the semester, 117.5 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 1.5 hour Zoom classes

  • 8 hours study buddy work

  • 96 personal study hours

Delivery Mode

On-campus teaching comprises 12 hours in total - 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Online delivery

1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Workshop intensive on-campus

Study Buddy activities

Eight hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Holistic awareness
Our graduates will have an in-depth understanding of how the physical body, the psyche and mind/spirit/self are in constant interaction and relationship with each other and with the environment
Our graduates will have well-developed written and oral communication skills, including listening deeply and receiving, interpreting and transmitting complex information, on many levels of awareness with colleagues, clients and the community
Critical thinking
Our graduates will have critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyse information and make informed professional judgements
Available In Courses

Available In Courses

This unit is available in the following courses:

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