This unit introduces students to counselling and provides an opportunity to learn and practice basic counselling skills. Counselling clients from a variety of backgrounds, presentations, and contexts, will be addressed through assessment of needs, case studies and discussion, together with ethical issues in counselling practice.  The unit is also designed to develop theoretical understanding of a range of current psychotherapeutic theories including person-centred and behavioural approaches in counselling. In addition, students will be made aware of cultural sensitivities and encouraged to reflect on their own impact on the counselling process. Students will be provided opportunities to develop and practice case conceptualisation, simulations, observational and counselling skills, therapeutic techniques, and brief interventions. The theoretical learning and discussions will be supported by practice exercises focused on developing and enhancing counselling skills.