COUN2061 Counselling Theories 2

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Theories 1 (COUN1051) 

Unit Description

This unit extends the foundational understanding of modalities developed in Counselling Theories 1. In this unit, students will critically examine how changes in the social context and the democratisation of social relations has shaped the development of contemporary counselling theories. In particular, the key counselling models of Narrative, Solution-focused, and Expressive therapies will be outlined in some depth, and compared to foundational models of counselling and psychotherapy. Narrative and Solution-focused therapies are grounded in theories and techniques of family therapy, and their novel approaches to facilitating change will be modelled and practiced in this unit. In contrast, Expressive therapies are a process-oriented model that draws on the creativity of counsellor and client to bring unconscious material into awareness. Students will have opportunities to apply these contemporary models in practice and to critically reflect on their developing competence as counsellors. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Identify and discuss key counselling models (narrative, solution-focused, family systems theories, expressive and differences to foundational models of counselling and psychotherapy); 

  • Critically evaluate how the evolution of psychotherapy has informed contemporary understandings of counselling;

  • Apply contemporary counselling models to practice and critically reflect on their developing competence as counsellors. 

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

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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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