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COUN1051 Counselling Theories 1

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

This unit is introduces the student to the major psychotherapeutic theories and methodologies applied in counselling and psychotherapy. The unit presents the historical development, underpinning philosophy, and contemporary contribution and practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Humanistic Therapies. The student learns to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the methodologies and approaches presented and their contemporary application. The student studies these theories within their contemporary ethical and legal frameworks and learns to apply the methodologies through supervised practice sessions. The student is guided to evaluate and identify the counselling methodology that resonates with their preferred approach in counselling. This unit and the following counselling theories unit provide an intensive and thorough foundation in counselling theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Identify and discuss key counselling models and their historical context
  • Critically evaluate how the evolution of psychotherapy has informed contemporary understandings of counselling
  • Analyse the application of modalities to clients’ presentations
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of modalities for different client presentations

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.