Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Microskills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course Code COUN210
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
PSY100 Introductory Psychology
Course Aims
This course aims to enable students to learn and practice micro-counselling skills in simulated settings with acquired counselling and psychotherapy theories. Highlighted microskills include building rapport and relationship, conveying empathy, reflecting feelings, paraphrasing, clarifying, listening actively, reflecting meanings, summarizing, questioning, focusing, directing, confronting, and influencing, as well as communicating nonverbally. The format of the course adheres to the laboratory style. Students will familiarize with these skills at different stages of the counselling process and possibly with clients from different age groups and backgrounds.  Moreover, students will select and apply different microskills based on their analysis and conceptualisation of case backgrounds.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Establish and maintain an appropriate counselling relationship in counselling;
2. Identify the crucial therapeutic conditions conducive to counselling;
3. Demonstrate mastery and sensitivity of applying suitable microskills in class
    practices, presentations, and oral test;
4. Formulate sensible case conceptualization in presentation and assignment;
5. Evaluate critically about strengths and weaknesses of oneself and classmates in
    applying microskills in class practices and presentations.
Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Case Group Presentation
Case Group Report
4. Individual Counselling Skill Portfolio 20%
Oral Test
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