COUN6041 Approaches to Therapy II

Master Course Unit

COUN6041 Approaches to Therapy II

Level: Masters

Credit points: 4

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills and Advanced Counselling Applications


Unit description

This unit offers students an overview of the two main schools of thought – the cognitive behavioural approach and the existential/humanistic approach. It explores the history and theoretical underpinnings of each approach, as well as introducing the strategies used in each. It provides a critique of the overall effectiveness of the two approaches, and pays particular attention to the fit between the counsellor and the approach.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • identify the milestones in the historical development of cognitive behavioural theory
  • critique the different approaches of cognitive behavioural theory
  • demonstrate, analyse and evaluate the application of the cognitive behavioural theories in practice
  • analyse the implications of the key theoretical concepts and techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy – such as automatic thoughts, assumptions, schemas, and cognitive distortions
  • identify the milestones in the historical development of existential/humanistic theory
  • critique the different approaches of existential/humanistic theory
  • demonstrate, analyse and evaluate the application of the existential/humanistic approaches in practice
  • analyse the implications of using an existential philosophy in psychotherapy

Unit content

  • Orientation to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • The Role of Learning Theory
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Orientation to the Existential Approaches
  • Phenomenology
  • Time and Temporality
  • Carl Rogers and the Existential-Orientated Person-Centred Approach
  • Existential/Humanistic Therapy
  • A Philosophical Approach

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Type

Weighting

Word count

Week

Case Study

50%

 3000

9

Reflective Essay

50%

   3000

12

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

Wedding, D., & Corsini, R. J. (Eds.). (2014). Current psychotherapies (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Academic misconduct

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Disclaimer

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