This unit focuses on the integration of the values and principles of personal, relational and collective wellbeing pertaining to specific interventions for addressing significant community counselling issues. The kinds of issues to be investigated and addressed will be a selection of the following:
1. Family enhancement and relationship education
2. Sex and gender issues (eg domestic violence and pornography)
3. Addiction and offender issues
4. School-based and children’s early intervention services
5. Juvenile and Adult Justice services
6. Asylum seeker services
7. Health problems, public health, mental health challenges and aging
8. Community counselling and the arts
9. Indigenous community issues.
Traditional approaches and a range of current interventions will be examined in depth in terms of the interplay of theory, practice and theology. Of particular interest will be the pursuit of questions such as the following: How do thoughtful practitioners apply their values and principles in the design of their interventions? What are the influences that shape practitioner’s values and interventions? What is the role of theory and practice? How are different perspectives on wellbeing and liberation brought to bear in various interventions? How have practitioners integrated their experience, theology and theory into their practice? How has the action-reflection sequence been successfully employed in practice?