BESC1081 Coaching Theory and Practice

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Mode of Delivery: On Campus and Synchronous Online

Unit Description

This unit forms part of the Coaching Specialisation. It introduces theories, models, and practices of coaching to the student. It explores the context of coaching within the broader professions of psychology, and in contrast to counselling, psychotherapy, mentoring, and consulting. The theory of coaching is critiqued in light of Positive Psychology principles and practice and how they contribute to effective coaching. Students are instructed in how to set effective goals with clients, on interviewing techniques characteristic of coaching practice, and engage in role play practice sessions. Students are further instructed in the application of CBT and Solution Focused approaches and how to structure a coaching session.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss the distinction between coaching, counselling and consulting;
  • Describe and critically review the major theories and models of behaviour change relevant to coaching (goal theory, positive psychology, adult learning models, and theories of change);
  • Describe and discuss the key techniques utilised in the practice of coaching (goal setting, solution oriented practices, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, applied positive psychology);

  • Discuss and apply the key techniques utilised in the practice of coaching;
  • Identify and apply the core competencies utilised in coaching;

  • Identify and plan an effective structure for a coaching session;
  • Understand and discuss major issues in the ethics of coaching (boundaries, referrals and the client-coach relationship).

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


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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