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COUN2281 Coaching Theory and Practice

Bachelor Course Unit - Minor

Level: 200 core

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: All Level 100 core units

Mode of Study: Synchronous Online

Unit Description

This unit forms part of the Coaching minor and introduces theories, models and practices of coaching to the student. In the unit, students will explore 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 the light of Positive Psychology principles and practice and how they contribute to effective coaching. Students learn the characteristics of coaching practice, including how to set effective goals with clients and effective interviewing techniques. In this unit, students will engage in role play practice sessions to learn how to effectively structure a coaching session. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)    Discuss the distinctions between coaching, counselling and consulting 
b)    Critically review the major theories and models of behaviour change relevant to coaching (goal theory, positive psychology, adult learning models, and theories of change) 
c)    Discuss and apply the key techniques and processes utilised in the practice of coaching (goal setting, solution oriented practices, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, applied positive psychology) to plan an effective structure and approach for a coaching session 
d)    Apply the ICF Core Competencies utilised in coaching 
e)    Appraise major issues in the ethics of coaching (boundaries, referrals and the client-coach relationship)

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 10 hours per week.


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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.