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Unit 106S

Core Process Oriented Skills 3: Conflict, Diversity And Relationships

Unit Description

Develop a deeper understanding of Process Oriented theory and skills for working with conflict, including deep democracy principles and Mindell’s four phase conflict theory.

In this 3-credit point unit, building on the foundation provided in Core Process Oriented Skills 2 (105), students will develop a deeper understanding of Process Oriented theory and skills for working with conflict, including deep democracy principles and Mindell’s conflict theory. Deep democracy views inclusion of marginalised parts of self, groups, and states as essential to the healthy functioning of the whole.


Students will develop awareness of and sensitivity to rank, power, and privilege, and also develop their holistic counselling skills for working with individuals and couples through demonstrations by academic teaching staff and participating in experiential exercises. They will learn to apply holistic counselling skills to manage inner and external conflicts, with a particular focus on the Process Work approach to conflict. In relationship work the focus is the polarity of high and low dreams and edge awareness.


Students will develop critical thinking skills as they consider how perceptions are formed. Critical thinking is applied to differentiate between the philosophies and concepts of the holistic model and other counselling and psychotherapy models.




Core Unit


Year 1, Semester 2




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:

1. Effectively apply process-oriented theories of conflict management to work with internal and external conflicts.

2. Critically analyse the influence and impact of rank, power, and privilege in a range of relationships and cultural contexts.

3. Demonstrate a sensitivity to diversity and dynamics of power differentials in their personal and professional relationships.

4. Implement principles for working with diverse client groups and demonstrate cross cultural awareness in practice.

5. Competently apply concepts of field theory, roles, ghost roles and deep democracy in process-oriented work.

6. Work with the polarity of a client’s high and low dreams in relationship and the mythic nature of relationships.

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

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)
Our graduates will have a highly developed understanding of their work roles and responsibilities and uphold a high level of professional conduct in their work and manage conflict skilfully
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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