COUN2011 Counselling Methods 1

Bachelor Course Unit

COUN2011 Counselling Methods 1

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: none


Unit description

This unit is a part of the Counselling Specialisation and introduces the student to the major psychotherapeutic theories and methodologies applied in counselling and psychotherapy. The unit presents the historical development, underpinning philosophy, and contemporary contribution and practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychotherapy, Behavioural Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The student learns to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methodologies and approaches presented and their contemporary application. The student studies these theories within their contemporary ethical and legal frameworks and learns to apply the methodologies through supervised practice sessions. The student is guided to evaluate and identify the counselling methodology that resonates with their preferred approach in counselling. This unit and Counselling Methods 2 provide an intensive and thorough foundation in counselling theory and practice.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • describe the historical development of the counselling and psychotherapeutic methodologies and approaches studied
  • discuss the underpinning philosophical foundations of the range of counselling and psychotherapeutic methods and approaches studied
  • discuss contemporary research findings on the contribution of counselling and psychotherapeutic methods and approaches to the therapeutic relationship
  • evaluate and discuss the role of the counselling and psychotherapeutic methods or approaches studied to the therapeutic process
  • identify the most appropriate method of counselling for the client and oneself as the counsellor
  • discuss the strengths and limitation of each counselling and psychotherapeutic method and approach studied
  • demonstrate the application of a specific counselling methodology or approach

Unit content

  • Introduction to Counselling Methods
  • The Origins of Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Personality Development in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Goals and Process of Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Psychodynamic Practice and Techniques
  • Other Perspectives in Psychodynamic Theory
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • New Directions in CBT
  • CBT: Current Practice and Techniques
  • Case Study and Review

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Regular Term

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Reflective Essay

50%

2000

8

Case Study

50%

  2000

11

Summer School (2014)

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Reflective journal and directed reflection

40%

Reflective Journal (600) and Directed reflection (400)

3

Case Study

60%

 2000

5

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of and the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

Corey, G. (2013). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Relevant journals

American Journal of Psychology
American Journal of Psychotherapy
Australian Psychologist
Cognitive Behavior and Therapy
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Counselor Education and Supervision
International Journal of Psychotherapy
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Counseling and Development
Psychology and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy Networker
Psychotherapy in Australia
The Counseling Psychologist

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer tohttp://currentstudents.acap.edu.au/assets/Managing-My-Course/A-Z-Policies/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.

Disclaimer

This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.