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Counselling Theories and Concepts PG (7744.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Counselling


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This unit develops a critical understanding of major models of counselling and psychotherapy and evaluates these frameworks using research and through an analysis of their specific social and cultural contexts. The contemporary application of these models in counselling agencies and professional contexts is presented. Students are encouraged to develop an integrative model of practice, to reflect on the interrelationships between values, worldviews and theory frameworks, and to analyse and critique the claims of counselling theorists.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of major counselling theories and models;

2. Analyse these frameworks within the social and cultural contexts in which they have developed;

3. Articulate the relevance of these models to counselling practice;

4. Use evidence from counselling research to critique their own counselling practice; and

5. Demonstrate appropriate use of counselling interventions specific to major models.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Thirty six hours or equivalent.


Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Counselling OR Master of Counselling OR Permission of the Course Convener.

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