COUN1051 Counselling Theories 1

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

This unit provides students with an understanding of the contribution of five key counselling and psychotherapy modalities to contemporary counselling: Psychoanalytic, Cognitive-behavioural, Person-centred, Family Therapy and Gestalt Therapy. These models will be critically compared in relation to their interventions, imbedded assumptions about the self, the role of the counsellor, the change process and their evidence base. Students will apply these modalities to case studies and evaluate their effectiveness for diverse client presentations. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a)      Identify and discuss key counselling models (psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, person-centred, family therapy and gestalt) and their historical context

b)     Critically evaluate how the evolution of psychotherapy has informed contemporary understandings of counselling

c)      Analyse the application of modalities to clients’ presentations

d)     Evaluate the effectiveness of modalities for different client presentations

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Review of Reading




Essay on Dream Analysis




Case Study Report





The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

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