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Counselling Psychology PG (9815.1)

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


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This unit explores theory, knowledge and methodology in the professional practice of psychology and prepares students for entry to professional psychology programs. The unit focuses on advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in the history and philosophy of psychological interventions (including psychoanalytic, behavioural, phenomenological, and cognitive-behavioural models) and develops practical interviewing and counselling skills. The unit examines evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention and counselling models and critiques the philosophical, theoretical, and empirical bases of evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Knowledge of theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention;

2. Knowledge of interviewing and counselling skills; and

3. Reflective practice through reviewing their own practice of interviewing and counselling.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

6 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

6491 Advanced Psychological Topics B PG.

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