COUN5811 Narrative Therapy

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Mode(s) of delivery: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Elective

Unit description

Drawing from the philosophy of deconstruction Narrative therapy is a postmodern therapy developed by Australian and New Zealand therapists. Students studying in this unit will learn to apply the skills of narrative therapy to counselling practice, and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of one of the aspects of this modality.

Practice sessions will involve collaborating with clients to select a narrative therapy intervention appropriate for the presenting issue, such as: an externalising conversation, a remembering conversation, or witnessing a definitional ceremony.

Critical thinking skills relevant to the Counselling field are developed through analysis of academic journal articles, and critical evaluation of the strength of the evidence base for narrative therapy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) apply the skills of narrative therapy to counselling practice

b) identify the strengths and limitations of narrative therapy

c) critically discuss ethical aspects of applying narrative therapy to practice

d) demonstrate an in depth understanding of a selected topic in narrative therapy

e) critically analyse the evidence base for narrative therapy theory and practice

f) demonstrate skills in searching electronic data bases and critically analysing published research studies

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


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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.