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BESC1071 Psychology of Health and Wellness

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

Unit Description

This unit provides an overview of the psychological and behavioural factors associated with health and wellbeing coaching. Students will examine the connection between lifestyle, psychological and social factors and wellness; as well as the study of health behaviour change models designed to promote optimal health and wellbeing. The unit will address the psycho-social-behavioural components of health issues of greatest concern (i.e., National Health Priority Areas); and strategies to promote health and wellness across the lifespan. This unit would be critical for those seeking to engage in health and wellness coaching.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts and cultural understandings of health and wellness;
  • Demonstrate an holistic understanding of the biopsychosocial processes related to health and wellness.
  • Understand and apply strategies to alleviate stress and chronic pain responses;
  • Understand and apply models of health promotion to facilitate behavioural change;
  • Explore psychosocial interventions for enhanced health and wellbeing, including exercise.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


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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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.