Counselling Professional Development Units

A 35 hour, 7 week professional development unit for counsellors & other allied health professionals*

Introduction to Couples Work

Saturday 10AM - 4PM
May 5 / May 12 / May 26
June 2 / June 9 / June 16 / June 23

The aim of this unit is to equip attendees with an understanding of when couple work is indicated, and with a framework of principles, behaviour, meaning, belief and emotion with which to explore a couple’s presenting issues. The focus of the unit is on couple therapy as a higher order and integrative intervention which involves knowledge of [i] couple dynamics, including assessment of these dynamics; [ii] lifecycle development and the impact of nodal points at times of transition (birth, illness, death, adolescence, children leaving home, marriage, ageing etc.), which affect the couple dyad from a systems perspective, taking into account cross-cultural perspectives; [iii] key themes commonly presented in couples counselling sessions (e.g., intimacy, love, power, sex, infidelity, finances, balancing family and work responsibilities, domestic violence, separation and divorce, management of children, etc.); [iv] contemporary models of couple therapy; and [v] the couple counsellor’s role in managing their own reactivity in the face of heightened emotion, issues of safety, and both overt and covert invitations to side with one partner against the other. Attendees will be given the opportunity to develop core couple skills in how to conduct couple assessments and how to assess and intervene in common issues which present in couple therapy. Attendees will also be required to consider ethical dilemmas that emerge when working with couples in order to develop their reflective capacity to manage the often complex ethical issues which can arise in the context of couples work.

Introduction to Counselling Children & Young People

Friday 1PM - 7PM
May 11 / May 18 / May 25
June 1 / June 8 / June 15 / June 22

This unit introduces attendees to the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills associated with counselling children and young people, including a range of individual, family, creative and group therapies, learning how to appropriately select from among these therapies so as to optimise intervention strategies applied to individual clients. The unit is situated within a broader socio-ecological approach to counselling children and young people, emphasising the importance of social and cultural contexts central to client health and well-being (e.g. family, educational and community systems, etc.), and addressing how working with these systems is crucial for welfare, functioning and/or recovery of the individual child or young person. Utilising a strengths-based approach, the unit focuses on key issues such as developmental crises, disability, trauma, emotional and behavioural problems, and environmental issues; examining how these conditions and circumstances may adversely affect clients’ physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being and their educational attainments. Concurrently, the unit offers a mental health focus emphasising prevention, early intervention and crisis management of identified at-risk populations of children and young people.

Ethical Issues and Practice

Friday 1PM - 7PM
May 11 / May 18 / May 25
June 1 / June 8 / June 15 / June 22

This unit aims to comprehensively equip counselling students to understand and comply with the requirements and expectations associated with being a professional counsellor practicing in Australia. Through a range of diverse in-class activities attendees will develop both the understanding and capacity to make informed and competent ethical and legal clinical decisions, thereby enabling them to manage the complexities of mental health practice.


Excelsia College
69-71 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park


$500 per unit

How to apply

Download the Flyer & Application Form PDF for the unit. Fill out the fields and send to If you have any questions please contact 9819 8860.