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Unit 103S

Unit 103S

The Human Being From A Holistic Perspective 

Unit Description

The fundamental principles of the Human Being from an Anthroposophical approach.

This 3-credit point unit explores theories of consciousness and evolutionary theory, drawing on the foundational work of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber. 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 (Eurythmy) in counselling practice.




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) Articulate an understanding of consciousness and evolutionary theory and its relevance to holistic counselling practice

(b) Outline the fundamental principles of the human being from an anthroposophical approach to counselling, including body, soul and spirit

(c) Competently demonstrate open communication skills, self-exploration and mobile ways of thinking

(d) Constructively and critically self-reflect on their professional development as counsellors

Student Workload

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

  • 6.5 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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