Dietetics and Nutrition

Counselling Technique 3: Complex Counselling Situations

Integrated course, 2.00 ECTS


Course content

This unit provides the students with fundamental knowledge and tools for dealing with clients from other cultural backgrounds and for coping with challenging counselling situations such as working with critically ill clients.

The students
• gain an insight into dimensions of culture(s) in general and of minorities living in Austria in particular
• understand the significance of intercultural skills in a therapeutic and nutritional context and acquire tools for successful intercultural communication and counselling
• are familiar with different cultural and religious eating habits and culturally influenced perceptions of health, illness, pain, healing and nursing
• are familiar with the structures and significance of palliative care and hospice care in Austria
• reflect on questions of dying and terminal care, terminal diseases and palliative work with a focus on the interactions between medicine, nursing and dietetics
• are familiar with the process and phases of dying (Kübler-Ross) and know about the fears and needs of the clients and their families
• consolidate their skills of verbal and non-verbal communication with critically ill patients

Learning outcomes

Students acquire a deeper understanding and knowledge of sociology, ethics, health economics, ecology, public health, anthropology and professional principles, which allow them to recognise and understand the responsibilities, responsibilities, possibilities and limits of their independent medical-therapeutic work in the context of ethical, social, economic-political, ecological and institutional frameworks and developments. The students are also prepared for complex counselling situations (clients from other cultural backgrounds or in exceptional situations).

The students
• are enabled to work in multi-professional teams to develop sustainable solutions in the fields of preventive health care and public health and to provide nutritional advice as part of health promotion and prevention
• understand the interrelations between individual health and diet on the one hand and social, cultural, economic and ecological factors on the other and can communicate this understanding to others
• understand how their profession is embedded in the Austrian healthcare system
• are able to realistically assess their own skills in terms of the technical, organisational, coordination and administrative requirements of the profession
• are able to take cultural and religious needs, lifestyles and values into account in their professional work
• are able to work in accordance with economic and ecological principles
• contribute to the further development of the profession

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Books, journals and relevant current primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery


Prerequisites and co-requisites

Counselling Technique 2

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment, written/oral