top of page


Unit 108S

Unit 108S

Holistic Counselling And Psycotherapy Practice And Supervision

Unit Description

An introduction to the foundational ethical, social and legal aspects of professional counselling practice.

This 6-credit point unit introduces students to the foundational ethical, social, and legal aspects of professional counselling practice. Students will learn the importance of adhering to legal requirements and ethical and professional guidelines in relation to confidentiality, privacy, record-keeping, secure storage of client records in electronic and paper form, making referrals, and writing reports.


They will develop skills in using genograms to assess and analyse familial patterns and for case presentations across generations. The practice of clinical supervision as an essential ethical requirement for professional counselling practice is introduced.


Students will present counselling clients in supervision and receive feedback on their counselling practice from their supervisor. Professional documents including client contracts, consent to release information forms, and supervision and counselling logs, are introduced in this unit.




Core Unit


Year 1, Semester 2






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) Identify and apply key legal, ethical and professional requirements in holistic counselling practice

b) Understand the role of clinical supervision in the counselling profession and utilise supervision to ensure competent and ethical counselling practice

c) Prepare and present client cases in supervision sessions to demonstrate the integration of holistic counselling knowledge and skills

d) Explore familial influences and patterns across generations in practice sessions using genograms where appropriate

e) Critically reflect on professional practice areas and personal aspects of self in need of further development

f) Apply the principles of the holistic model to working with clients

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 11.87 hours per week over the semester, 190 hours in total.

  • 12 hours on-campus workshop intensive

  • 100 hours of placement including 15 client hours (recommended minimum)

  • 10 hours supervision (at intensives and Zoom during the semester)

  • 68 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


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:

bottom of page