Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing

Subject code MH912
Lecturer Sylvia Neubacher
Delivery mode Online, self-directed
Duration Ten weeks
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Subject Overview

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/mental health, psychology/counselling/coaching, disability and rehabilitation, 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. In this subject, you will examine a range of evidence-based and best-practice approaches to coaching and counselling for health and wellbeing, and develop practical skills via peer and client practice, under supervision. 


Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate subject learning material and selected models, to competently plan, organise and role play coaching sessions. 
  2. Evaluate and justify the approaches used in the four styles of coaching session, and incorporate reflective practice, including identifying applicable improvements to successive sessions.
  3. Apply reflective practice to one’s own personal development in coaching and counselling. 
  4. Integrate goal setting and behaviour change principles, in order to design and create goal setting/behaviour change templates specifically in the context of mental health. 
  5. Practice and develop coaching and counselling techniques with a student partner ‘client,’ across a range of issues and contexts.
  6. Understand and apply a range of interpersonal communication tools, including assertiveness training, and conflict resolution techniques.  



  • Assessment 1, Part A: Reflection on coaching session 1 (10%, due week 2)
  • Assessment 1, Part B: Reflection on coaching session 2 (10%, due week 4)
  • Assessment 1, Part C: Reflection on coaching session 3 (10%, due week 6)
  • Assessment 1, Part D: Critical analysis of coaching sessions (20%), due week 8)
  • Assessment 2: Essay on critical considerations within the theory and practice of coaching and counselling (50%, due week 10)



Offering a high degree of flexibility, our courses can be studied online or on campus, full or part-time. Our courses are designed for health and wellness professionals, counsellors, educators, and other leaders who are balancing a work schedule and already have an undergraduate degree. Enrol now or at a time that suits you.