COUN0016 Counselling Theories


Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48


COUN0011 Reflective Learning and Practice

COUN0012 Psychology of Health and Wellnes

COUN0013 Counselling Skills

Mode of Study: On-campus and online

Unit Description

This unit introduces the student to some major theories and methodologies applied in counselling. The unit presents the historical development, underpinning philosophy, and contemporary contribution and practice of Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred Counselling and Existential Counselling. The student is guided to identify and evaluate the counselling models that resonate with their preferred approach in counselling.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Identify and discuss key counselling models.

b) Observe and identify key principles of major counselling theories.

c) Identify key strategies and interventions within major counselling theories.

d) Select and apply counselling models to client presentations.

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.