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Unit 102S

Unit 102S

Inner Work 1

Unit Description

The development of skills in self-awareness through inner work is central to the holistic counselling and psychotherapy model.

The development of skills in self-awareness through inner work is central to the holistic counselling and psychotherapy model. This 3-credit point Inner Work 1 unit develops the metaskills of deep respect, listening, presence in relationship, the not knowing mind and curiosity. Self-reflective exercises are introduced in this unit, including the use of rapid writing, journaling, drawing, mindfulness and meditation. Exercises in this unit are also designed to be applied in therapy sessions for the empowerment of clients.

Specific exercises in Process Oriented work are developed, including “Working on Yourself Alone” (Mindell, 2014), identifying primary and secondary processes, edges and channels of awareness. The flirting exercise (Mindell, 2002) and other experiential exercises such as Goethe’s observation of nature are introduced, to develop students’ capacity to open to deeper levels of awareness than everyday consciousness, thereby becoming aware of the essence, or the working of a universal consciousness in each person’s life.




Core Unit


Year 1, Semester 1




Christina Nielson


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 “not knowing 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 7.25 hours per week over the semester, 116 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 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


Workshop intensive on-campus

Study Buddy activities

Eight hours over the semester

Graduate Attributes

Our graduates will have advanced skills in collaborating respectfully with colleagues, teams and clients to enhance productive outcomes and manage conflict skilfully
Ethical practice and integrity
Our graduates will demonstrate high ethical standards in their work and follow professional Codes of Ethics to do good (beneficence) and avoid harm (maleficence)
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
Lifelong learning
Our graduates will have the skills necessary to successfully manage their careers and continue their personal and professional development in rapidly changing environments across their career spans
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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