COUN2061 Counselling Theories 2

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Theories 1 (COUN1051) 

Unit Description

This unit is a part of the counselling specialisation and is an extension and development of Counselling Theories 1. This unit provides an introduction to additional major counselling and psychotherapeutic methodologies, theories, and applications. Students will have opportunities to integrate their preferred theory of counselling, and deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of other major counselling theories and approaches. Students study the philosophical theories and practical application of a range of approaches to counselling. A variety of other therapeutic modification and contemporary approaches are explored throughout the study of this unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Identify and discuss key counselling models (narrative, solution-focused, family systems theories, expressive and differences to foundational models of counselling and psychotherapy); 

  • Critically evaluate how the evolution of psychotherapy has informed contemporary understandings of counselling;

  • Apply contemporary counselling models to practice and critically reflect on their developing competence as counsellors. 

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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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.