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Intro to Counselling Theory & Principles (5549.9)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Counselling


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This unit explores different theoretical approaches, models and definitions of counselling and provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their understandings of counselling interventions and processes for facilitating change in clients. This unit allows students to develop an informed theoretical framework about counselling and to explore their own world view and values.

Learning Outcomes

  1. a) demonstrate an understanding of major theoretical frameworks and models of counselling and the social contexts in which these models were developed
  2. b) demonstrate an understanding of counselling change processes and interventions within each major theory
  3. c) demonstrate an understanding of counsellor and client roles from the perspective of each major theory
  4. d) demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in selecting interventions and facilitating change in counselling
  5. e) demonstrate an understanding of anti-oppressive counselling practice including sensitivity to issues of diversity

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One hour lecture and two hour tutorial.


5258 Counselling Communication



Assumed Knowledge

Basic attending skills (i.e. showing respect, interest and encouraging clients to talk).

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