COUN3001 Change, Influence and Power Dynamics

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Unit Description

This unit provides an in-depth understanding of change, influence and power and their impact on working with clients. The power differential and the potential use or abuse of power in counselling are explored. Change theory, change processes and influence are directly related to the counselling process. What is considered important in this unit is that an awareness and sensitivity are developed to the influence of change and power in the therapeutic relationship.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Analyse the change processes evident in the life transitions of individuals
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of change processes for individuals, couples, groups and workplaces

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of working with self-help and web-based groups to facilitate change

  • Analyse, evaluate and apply strategies that promote adjustment for life changes

  • Synthesise an understanding of principles and principals of change in counselling

  • Identify and evaluate the impact of power and influence on the therapeutic relationship

  • Identify and evaluate the operation of principles of influence in client change processes

  • Critically evaluate and synthesise understanding of counsellors’ influence and power on clients accessing self help and web-based  resources

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


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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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.