Course Outline

PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural Counselling

Course Coordinator:Lee Kannis-Dymand ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 2

Thompson Institute

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The USC postgraduate psychology programs are committed to maintaining the primacy of public safety in the delivery of the program within the education and placement environments. This subject employs a skills-training approach to extend your previous learning in psychology and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on strengthening effective psychotherapy skills, and a focus on the development of an effective working alliance with patients. You are also introduced to the importance of cultural factors within therapeutic work, the need to develop cultural sensitivity and awareness and skills for delivering effective transcultural therapy, with a special focus on working with Indigenous Australians and refugees. There will be an emphasis on PTSD and metacognitive therapy. Ethical issues will be addressed as they arise. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 3 hours 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

- Advanced theories and treatment of cognitive behavioural therapy and metacognitive therapy.

- Working therapeutically with diverse cultural groups.

- Developing an understanding of working therapeutically with clients who identify as ATSI. 

- Treatment of PTSD and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge and use of advanced counselling skills. Knowledgeable
2 Show knowledge and understanding of the key role of the working alliance in effective psychological consultations of all types and skills for developing an effective working alliance. Knowledgeable
3 Show knowledge and understanding of the difficulties inherent in psychological consultations involving attention to cultural issues, and skills for delivering effective transcultural psychological interventions, particularly with indigenous Australians and refugees. Knowledgeable
4 Show awareness of potential ethical issues involved in counselling psychology and understanding of how to use the APS Code of Ethics and its accompanying Guidelines to resolve ethical questions, particularly in transcultural consultations. Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program AR507, AR702 or AR703


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Ability to write in APA format

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

At the beginning of week 4, a 10-item quiz will be held in class using an online format to assess the students’  understanding of the course content to date. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Oral and Written Piece Group
60 minutes
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual
90 minutes
Week 13 In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Seminar Presentation
In a group of two, prepare and give PowerPoint that demonstrates understanding of working therapeutically with a specific cultural population.​
Product: Oral and Written Piece
Submit: Weeks 6-12. Prepare and present a 60 minute presentation on working therapeutically with a culturally diverse population, based on relevant research and evidence-based therapy. Possible cultures or diverse populations to present on will be discussed in the first workshop. Presentations occur from Weeks 6 - 12. Presentation roles need to be evenly shared (i.e., all group members to contribute to the preparation and to present).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
​Knowledge about the culture, diverse population, or Indigenous peoples you are presenting on, including specific psychological issues relevant to them.
Familiarisation with the psychological, social and cultural issues confronting these clients.
Understanding of factors that shape these clients’ personal, social and cultural identity.
Knowledge of appropriate psychological assessment techniques, including their application with these clients.
Consideration of how their cultural identity may influence assessment and treatment.
Evidence-based treatment approaches.
1 4
Consideration of ethical issues relevant to the topic area.
All - Assessment Task 2:Exam
Demonstrate learning of course content.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
During class in week 13, you will participate in a 90 minute exam. The aim of this exam is to assess your knowledge of issues relevant to advanced and transcultural counselling. The exam will be based on material covered during workshops, student seminar presentations, and from the prescribed textbooks; including the APS Code of Ethics/Ethical Guidelines. The exam will be a combination of short answer and multiple choice questions.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates an understanding of relevant treatment planning and implementation across a range of psychological disorders and cultures
1 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

You are expected to attend all workshops. For any workshops that are missed you will need to demonstrate to your course co-ordinator that you have covered the required material. This will usually take the form of a detailed summary and reflection of the Directed Study Activities for the missed workshop.

Information regarding prescribed texts or other associated resources will be made available on the Canvas site prior to commencement of study.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Limited Graded Course:

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

All psychology courses (PSY course codes) have an online formal procedure for applying for an extension on assessment tasks. All extension applications for psychology courses should be made by completing the online form found on the Blackboard website for this course.


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