COUN0012 Psychology of Health and Wellness


HE Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48

Prerequisites: None

Mode of Study: On-campus and online

Unit Description

This unit provides an overview of the psychological and behavioural factors associated with health and well-being. Students will examine the connection between lifestyle, psychological and social factors and wellness; as well as the study of health behaviour change models designed to promote optimal health and well-being. The unit will address trauma informed approaches to working with clients. Students are introduced to psycho-social-behavioural strategies to promote health and wellness across the lifespan, including individuals in anxiety and depressive states. Substance misuse is addressed, as is working with a client with chronic health conditions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

a)  demonstrate an understanding of concepts and cultural understandings of health and wellness

b)  demonstrate a holistic understanding of the biopsychosocial processes related to health and wellness

c)  understand and apply trauma informed care principles

d)  understand and apply models of health promotion to facilitate behavioural change

e)  explore psychosocial interventions for enhanced health and wellbeing 

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 the term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.