COUN2021 Counselling Methods 2

Bachelor Course Unit

COUN2021 Counselling Methods 2

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Counselling Methods 1


Unit description

This unit is a part of the counselling specialisation and is an extension and development of Counselling Methods 1. This unit provides an introduction to additional major counselling and psychotherapeutic methodologies, theories, and applications. Students will have opportunities to integrate their preferred method of counselling, and deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of other major counselling methods and approaches. Students study the philosophical theories and practical application of a range of approaches to counselling. A variety of other therapeutic modification and contemporary approaches are explored throughout the study of this unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • describe the historical development and underpinning philosophical foundation of counselling and psychotherapeutic methodologies and approaches studied
  • identify and describe the counselling approaches informed by phenomenology
  • describe the philosophy and approach of existential psychotherapy, person-centred therapy and gestalt therapy
  • describe the philosophy and approach of narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy
  • demonstrate the application of the methods of counselling studied
  • discuss the ethical and professional standards in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy

Unit content

  • Introduction to Counselling Methods 2
  • Existential Counselling
  • Existential Counselling in Practice
  • Person-Centred Counselling
  • Person-Centred Counselling in Practice
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy in Practice
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy in Practice
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy in Practice
  • 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

Case Study

50%

2000

8

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

25%

25%

  N/A

 2000

11

11

Summer School (2014)

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Case Study; Short Answer Questions

40%

1200

3

Practice Session

Reflective Essay

30%

30%

  N/A

 2000

5

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 Family Therapy
American Journal of Psychotherapy
Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Australian Psychologist
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Existential Analysis
International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work
International Journal of Psychotherapy
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Journal of Counseling and Development
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.