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COUN1911 Narrative Therapy

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 100

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

Drawing from the philosophy of deconstruction narrative therapy is a postmodern therapy developed by Australian and New Zealand therapists. Students studying in this unit will learn to apply the skills of narrative therapy to counselling practice, and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of one of the aspects of this modality.

Practice sessions will involve collaborating with clients to select a narrative therapy intervention appropriate for the presenting issue, such as: an externalising conversation, a remembering conversation, or witnessing a definitional ceremony.

Critical thinking skills relevant to the counselling field are developed through analysis of academic journal articles, and critical evaluation of the strength of the evidence base for 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.


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.