Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing

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Semester 2 2017

19-20 October,

15-17 November 2017

20 October NTI Wollongong Campus

Promoting, motivating, and supporting health, wellbeing, and positive behaviour change, is a highly valued and necessary competency for many professional roles, particularly in the areas of health, psychology/counselling, complementary medicine, welfare, community outreach, human resources, and management.  Many people, however, would like to feel better equipped and trained, in this area of their work.

The implementation of Coaching Psychology has been rapidly growing in the helping professions in recent years, particularly in the areas of health and wellbeing, and management - with an accompanying rapid increase in research.  Whilst Counselling has traditionally focused on helping people deal with problems, Coaching has tended to focus on how people can extend themselves and achieve their true potential, whether this be in their work life, relationships, recreational pursuits/sport, or other areas of personal or professional endeavor.  The skills, approaches, and techniques used by professional and effective Coaches and Counsellors not only significantly overlap, but also can be applied by a diverse range of professionals in a myriad of contexts.

‘Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing’ includes professional training in motivating and supporting behaviour change and wellbeing, good health, and personal growth, as well as advanced interpersonal communication skills, and conflict resolution strategies. 

Whether you are a health or mental health professional wanting to extend your skills and ability to work collaboratively with your clients to bring about positive change in their lives, a workplace supervisor/manager or coach who wants to inspire, motivate, and support staff or clients to flourish, or a recent graduate wanting to improve your skills and qualifications to be more competitive and competent for your chosen career, this subject will help you make it happen. 

The subject will cover:

‘Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing’ aims to enable students to develop an understanding of, and training in, current best-practice and evidence-based approaches in coaching and counselling including:

  • theoretical models
  • a range of practical, generic coaching and counselling skills applicable to a range of coaching and counselling environments
  • interpersonal and assertiveness skills, including dealing successfully with challenging situations and conflict
  • professional and personal reflective practice
  • an awareness of cross-disciplinary applications of the coaching/counselling process
  • ethical professional practice.

Who is it for?

‘Health and Social Wellbeing’ courses are relevant to people working in a diverse range of fields. For example:

  • Counselling
  • Therapy/Mind-Body Therapies
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care
  • Psychology/Psychiatry/Social Work
  • Health Services/Health Promotion
  • Chronic illness/Pain Management
  • Education
  • Welfare Organisations, Aid, Community Centres
  • Community Development
  • Youth
  • Rehabilitation
  • Disability Sector
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise Science
  • Sport
  • Business Management/HR, Mentoring, Coaching, Organisational Development
  • Life coaching 


Preliminary reading

1 week prior to lectures and workshops

Lectures and workshops (5 day intensive on-campus)

9:00am - 5:00pm daily


3 weeks - Final assignments due 


Class attendance and participation in discussions and role-plays


Critical analysis of coaching sessions with a volunteer client(4x 1hr sessions):


PART A: Critical analsysis of sessions 1-2 (1,500 words)


PART B: Critical analysis of sessions 3-4 (1,500 words)


Reflective Practice Journals. (Minimum of 6 entries, 300-500 words each)



‘Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing’ is an elective subject in Nan Tien Institute’s postgraduate Health and Social Wellbeing program.

This 6 credit point subject can be taken as an elective in:

Master of Arts (Health and Social Wellbeing)

72 credit points

Graduate Diploma of Health and Social Wellbeing

48 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Wellbeing

24 credit points

Study costs/scholarships

The total subject cost is $1,250.00 for Domestic students, and $1,600.00 for International students.

Australian students


International students


Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites to study this subject as a non-award student.

There are academic and/or program and work experience prerequisites for studying this subject as part of the NTI Health and Social Wellbeing program. Contact NTI for details on entry requirements.