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COUN1251 Counselling Theory

Diploma and Bachelor Course Unit - Core 

Level: 100

Credit points: 6

Pre-requisites: Diploma of Counselling Skills, Bachelor of Counselling (Nested), Bachelor of Counselling (Minor in Coaching)

COUN1211 Professional Reflection and Self-Care

COUN1221 Mental Health and Wellness

MULT1025 Professions and Society 

Co-requisites: Diploma of Counselling Skills, Bachelor of Counselling (Nested), Bachelor of Counselling (Minor in Coaching)

COUN1231 Counselling Skills Practice 1 

Mode of Study: Online

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to foundational theories of counselling practice. Students develop their knowledge and understanding of counselling as they differentiate, describe and apply counselling theories within specific contexts for diverse client presentations. Students begin working these theories into their own personal theory of counselling as they critically reflect on theories of choice and divergence from their own frames of reference.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)    Describe the purpose of theories in the counselling and career counselling process
b)    Apply counselling theories for diverse client presentations
c)    Articulate the differentiations between counselling theories
d)    Critically reflect on counsellor theories of choice and divergence from own theoretical frames of reference

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 10 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the 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.