The Human Being from a Holistic Perspective

The Human Being from a Holistic Perspective

Unit Description

The fundamental principles of the Human Being from an Anthroposophical approach.

This unit explores theories of consciousness and evolutionary theory, drawing on the foundational work of Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber. The fundamental principles of the human being from an anthroposophical approach, and its application to counselling practice, are outlined. Students will learn how to understand and work with human experience from the holistic perspective.

A model for the relationship of consciousness to soul, emotions and the human being is presented and demonstrated, using didactic methods and creative activities, including drawing, poetry, writing, clay modelling and movement (Eurythmy) in counselling practice.

Unit Code


Unit Type

Core Unit

Study Period

Semester 1, 2021


Southern Highlands Campus UOW

Credit Points


Consultation Times

30 minutes before and after the workshop intensive and by appointment during the semester

Topics Covered

  • The theory of consciousness: Rudolf Steiner and Ken Wilber
  • Fundamental principles of the human condition
  • Relationship between consciousness to soul, emotions and the human condition
  • The human being: Self and Higher Self, Ego and ego
  • Expressive applications in counselling 1: drawing, poetry, clay modelling
  • Expressive applications in counselling 2: Eurythmy

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an in depth understanding of consciousness and evolutionary theory and its relevance to holistic counselling practice
  2. Outline the fundamental principles of the human being from an anthroposophical approach to counselling, including body, soul and spirit
  3. Accurately apply process oriented concepts of the human condition in the holistic counselling model
  4. Competently demonstrate open communication skills, self-exploration and mobile ways of thinking
  5. Constructively and critically self-reflect on their professional development as counsellors

Assessment Overview

1. Theoretical Essay

Analyse the human being from a holistic approach, demonstrating an understanding of body, soul and spirit. Discuss the evolution of consciousness and its relationship to the human being as applied in counselling

Length: 1,500 words

Year 1, Semester 1,

Week 5


2. Reflective Essay

Apply the model of the human condition to the self of the student

Length: 1,250 words

Year 1, Semester 1,

Week 9


3. Online Discussion Forum Posts

3.1 Active participation in online activities including one post on learnings from the workshop intensive

Minimum of 5 posts of 100 words

3.2 Respond to at least two posts of other students with replies of 100 words minimum

Length: 700 words total

Year 1, Semester 1,

Week 14


3.1: 20%

3.2: 5%

Unit Resources


Lohrey, A. (2010). Speaking of the numinous: The meaning of meaning. Portland, OR: CreateSpace.

Prescribed readings

Steiner, R. (2006). The evolution of consciousness: As revealed through initiation knowledge. Forest Row, England: Rudolf Steiner Press.

Delivery Mode

Workshop Intensive 1: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
On-campus workshop intensive 1: 12 hours in total.

Online delivery
1.5 hour Zoom discussion

Study Buddy Activities
Eight hours over the semester

Student Workload

The total unit workload is equivalent to 7.3 hours per week over the semester, 117.5 hours in total.

  • Twelve hours of on-campus workshop intensives
  • 1.5 hour Zoom discussion
  • 8 hours study buddy work
  • 96 personal study hours

Written by: Mr Reece Jones • Created: 27 Apr 2021, 4:11 p.m.