Theories of Counselling

VET Diploma Level Subject

This subject is designed to provide you with an introduction to the application of key concepts and constructs underlying theories of personality and human development and learning theory. You will also develop the skills and knowledge required to research and to integrate human development and personality theory into counselling practice and develop and implement programs for change.

Learning Outcomes

The unit of competency CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Research theories of personality and human development
  • Link theories to own practice
  • Update and maintain knowledge of theoretical trends

The unit of competency CHCCSL007 Apply learning theories in counselling contains three elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • Research learning theories
  • Analyse behavioural outcomes of different modelling and reinforcement influences
  • Formulate a program for change in a counselling context

Content Areas

  • Personality and Development Theories:

- Nature and nurture

- Genetic inheritance

- Lifespan development theories

- Freudian concepts

- Piaget’s stages of cognitive development

- Erikson’s psychosocial stages

- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

- Bowlby’s attachment theory

  • Learning theories
  • Principles and practices of learning theories
  • Learning theories and application to counselling practice
  • Environmental influences
  • Developing programs for behaviour change

Subject Duration and Workload

This subject involves a total of 132 hours per term of study including course work component, teacher contact, research and related study activities, translating to approximately 11 hours of study per week. Students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities related to the subject.