This unit (APT6013) of study requires students to gain experience in researching and implementing a counselling research project. Students will be required to identify an area of counselling focus from within their placement and develop an evidence based intervention program. Students will identify a target problem within the population related to their counselling placement and to research intervention approaches for this target problem. This involves researching evidence based/established intervention approaches in the literature. Based on the literature review, students will be required to develop and implement an intervention program with the identified target group, typically over a 4-6 week period depending on what the literature recommends.

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APT6006 - Research Methods in Counselling

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the literature related to the counselling related intervention of a specified counselling based research problem;  
  2. Conceptually map an intervention program based around a defined research area; and  
  3. Implement the evidence based counselling intervention program.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Literature Review Literature review (2500 words) 30%
Project Description and Implementation of intervention program (3500 words) 70%
The successful completion of APT6013 Minor Thesis (Part A) and the successful completion of APT6014 Minor Thesis (Part B) are deemed to be equivalent of a Minor Thesis of approximately 12,000 words.

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