This unit of study will focus on fundamental theory and intervention practices of a range of therapeutic paradigms relevant to counselling. Students will enhance their counselling skills and strengthen case formulation skills through class activities and assessment tasks.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the fundamental theories and intervention practices of a range of therapeutic paradigms relevant to counselling;  
  2. Develop case formulations as they relate to therapeutic paradigms relevant to counselling; and  
  3. Apply and demonstrate case formulation and intervention plans to therapeutic paradigms presented in this unit.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Test on a counselling theory and relevant interventions 20%
Case Study Part A: Written case formulation (1000 words) 25%
Case Study Part B: Intervention plan (1500 words) 35%
Presentation Counselling demonstration (10mins) 20%

Required reading

Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy 10th ed.
Corey, G. (2017)
Boston, MA: Cengage Learning US

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