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Unit Overview


This unit builds on previous learning in social work knowledge and practice gained from SWSP5306 Aboriginal & Torres Strait islander knowledges & Practices for Social Work, SWSP5631 Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice Working with People, SWSP5309 Field Education 1: First Placement and SWSP5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking & Identity, SWSP5630 Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory. It enhances practical skills for counselling in various settings in social work practice. Students learn appropriate consultative processes, to think and work with cultural sensitivity, the importance of critical reflection, and how to be accountable for the ethical decisions they make.

The aim of the unit is to assist students to explore subjects related to trauma, loss and grief. The unit develops and increases students' understanding of a range of the effective therapeutic and social work approaches and models they are likely to encounter in their profession. It develops an understanding of trauma- informed therapy and increases students' understanding of the importance of providing the most appropriate and best timed intervention to different clients in different contexts. The unit will integrate evidence based frameworks to counselling process.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse the impact of trauma, loss and grief on the human condition; (2) demonstrate ethical decision making skills in social work practice; (3) analyse counselling knowledge and skills required in social work practice; (4) develop personal perspective on the various counselling frameworks; (5) analyse personal perspectives in relation to diversity; and (6) demonstrate professional attitudes, workplace behaviours and communication skills appropriate to the profession of social work.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) case studies; (3) blog post; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Antonia Hendrick
Unit rules
SWSP5306 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Practices for Social Work (ID 4022)
, SWSP5631 Social Work Methods 2: Theory for Practice - Working with People (ID 4037)
, SWSP5309 Field Education 1: First Placement (ID 4023)
, SWSP5301 Foundations of Social Work Thinking and Identity (ID 4021)
and SWSP5630 Social Work Methods 1: Introduction to Psychosocial Theory (ID 4036)
Contact hours
6 hours per week x 6 weeks
This unit does not fall into the standard University semesters and thus has non-standard withdrawal and census deadlines. Contact Student Administration for more information.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.