Counselling Theory and Practice

Unit code: APP3015 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study includes an overview of the principles and practices of counselling from a range of paradigms. Specifically, psychodynamic, existential, person-centred, Gestalt, behavioural, cognitive behavioural, postmodern (narrative and solution-focus), and systemic therapies are explored in relation to their historical background, theoretical premises, therapeutic techniques and strengths and limitations in clinical practice. Students are also challenged to explore their own understanding of therapeutic change and to interface this personal perspective with the models presented.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Contextualise the application of the main counselling theoretical paradigms to a range of psychological problems;
  2. Conceptually map therapeutic techniques aligned to particular psychotherapies and identify common skills; and
  3. Critique counselling theories/therapies in relationship to key assumptions, goals, strengths and limitations.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 30%
Structured Case Study (800 words)
Assessment type: Essay
Grade: 50%
Comparative essay on two counselling theories/ therapies (2000 words)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
MCQ Online Test (1 hour)

Required reading

Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy
Corey, G., (2016)| Belmont: Brooks/Cole

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