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EDF6504 - Anxiety disorders and counselling skills

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Associate Professor N J King; Dr J Roodenburg


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit has two sections. The first involves establishing a professional relationship and appropriate communication and counselling skills required as a basis for various types of intervention. The second involves skills more specifically related to working with people of all ages suffering from anxiety disorders. Topics include classification, aetiological factors and assessment procedures (avoidance tests, anxiety scales etc). Anxiety management techniques. Practical procedures in anxiety reduction. Case management issues eg keeping files, making a referral.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should have developed an advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature, causes and epidemiology of anxiety disorders across the life span; assessment, counselling and intervention skills for the management of anxiety disorders in various settings; an understanding of case management issues.


Two Assignments (4000 words each): 50% each

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Successful completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited four year sequence in psychology and enrolment in MPsych (Educational and Developmental).