COUN1911 Narrative Therapy

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

In this unit, students will develop an in depth appreciation of the Narrative Therapy model, and the influence of social constructivism on the development of the model and its innovative techniques and interventions. Students will undertake a comparison of Narrative Therapy with another counselling model in relation to the role of the client and counselor, assumptions about change interventions and the evidence for effectiveness.   is a postmodern therapy developed by Australian and New Zealand therapists. Students studying in this unit will critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Narrative Therapy in practice, and identify ethical and professional issues in the practice of Narrative Therapy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the influence of social constructivism on the development of the Narrative Therapy model;  
  • Compare counselling models with Narrative Therapy and evaluate their evidence base;

  • Critically evaluate the application of Narrative Therapy in practice and identify the strengths and limitations of the model;

  • Identify ethical and professional issues in applying Narrative Therapy in practice.

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: 

Academic misconduct

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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.